Electronic sports is now the fastest growing online sports betting market in the country. The most popular eSports games in Canada attract thousands of bettors with a great selection of markets for both novices and experienced punters. If you are keen to try your hand at this type of wagering or you want to know more about the markets, keep reading, a we’ve taken a look at the most popular eSports games to bet on.
League of Legends (LOL) is the largest and most popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game in the industry. Developed by Riot Games in 2009, LOL is responsible for the majority of eSports wagers in Canada or anywhere in the world. It is played in a 5x5 format with each player in the team controlling a “Champion”. A round is won by destroying the opponents “Nexus,” which is a building structure. LOL betting includes match and tournament markets with dozens of leagues and tournaments happening throughout the year.
Defence Of The Ancients 2 (DOTA 2) is one of the most popular eSports games in the world. Like LOL, it is an MOBA title that is played in a 5x5 format. Developed by Valve, it boasts the highest prize pool in the industry with just over $126 million. In DOTA 2 players take control of Hero with the aim of destroying the opponents “Ancient,” which is a building structure. All top-rated sites will offer DOTA betting on local leagues and international tournaments like the “International” which is one of the largest tournaments in the genre on the planet.
Counterstrike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is one of the most popular eSports games in Canada. Globally it is the biggest First-Person Shooter (FPS) with over 85000 active competitive players. The first-person shooter splits teams into the Terrorists and the Counter Terrorist where the aim is to defend a base, rescue hostages or destroy a base, depending on what team you are on. It has around 9 million followers on Twitch and has already held around 3000 tournaments with over $40 million in prize money.
Overwatch (OW) is a hero shooter that was released by Blizzard a few years ago. It is the only eSports title to be developed into a traditional league in the US with a regular season, post season and set professional teams. OW is played in a 6x6 format with three distinct modes. These include, assault, escort and Control. Players in each team select one of 20 heroes and play from a selection of over 30 maps. OW betting is mainly focused on the OW League, but can also take place on larger multi-game international tournaments.
StarCraft II is unique in that it is the most popular Real Time Strategy (RTS) game in eSports. Developed by Blizzard in 2010, StarCraft II is usually played as a one-on-one match with each player choosing a type of fraction or being. There are three fractions to choose from and the aim is to destroy the enemy base by building up fraction using, managing resources and training units for combat. StarCraft betting is available throughout the year with local leagues and plenty of international tournaments to bet on.
Player Unknown’s Battleground (PUBG) is one of the newest releases but it is fast becoming one of the more popular eSports games in Canada. It is described as a Battle Royal Shooter where the aim is simply to be the last man standing, and it had its first major tournament in July last year. For now, the betting options are limited, but as it increases in popularity, we can expect to see plenty of leagues being formed this year.