Popular Tournaments for eSports NZ Betting
Since betting on eSports has become commonplace, New Zealand has become one of the biggest electronic sports betting nations in the world. All top-rated bookmakers offer bets on the latest tournaments and games in every category, including Multiplayer Online Battle Area (MOBA), First Person Shooters (FPS), Real Time Strategy (RTS), sports games and Fighting Games. Since most of the action takes place on major tournaments, we are going to take a look at some of the most popular ones for eSports NZ punters.
Dota 2: The International
Defence of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2) is undeniably, one of the most popular MOBA games in existence. Created from a custom map of Warcraft III, it has spawned dozens of leagues around the world. The biggest Dota 2 tournament is the International. Hosted by Valve, this annual event is the climax of the Dota season and offers up a massive prize pool of $25 million. Previous events have seen a live audience of around 50 thousand while over 10 million viewers streamed the action live.
Call of Duty Championships
Call of Duty is an extremely popular first-person shooter, which is mainly console-based. If you are going to betting on eSports, this is a good option to pick. The Call of Duty Championships is the largest console-based tournament in the industry and was actually the first FPS competition to offer a seven-figure prize pool. It is the highlight of the competitive season and attracts millions of viewers.
League of Legends World Championship
Along with Dota 2, League of Legends, (LoL) dominates the eSports NZ betting markets with just about every site offering markets on local leagues and international games. LoL is a MOBA game that has become a worldwide phenomenon. There are over 200 official leagues, of which the World Championships is the largest and the most prestigious. Held every year, the World Champs is one of the few invitational eSports tournaments for seeded teams, with only the top contenders competing in the finals and a shot at the multi-million dollar prize pool.
Intel Extreme Masters
The Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) is possibly the biggest event of its kind in the world. This is the ideal tournament for punters who want to bet on multiple games and genres. The IEM is a global multi event, which includes popular releases like League of Legends, StarCraft, Counterstrike and Overwatch. The most recent IEM event attracted over 173 thousand spectators and 43 million online viewers.
For eSports NZ punters, the Capcom Cup offers the chance to bet on one of the most popular fighting games. The tournament was specifically created for Street Fighter V and has been running successfully since 2013. It has rapidly gained in popularity and is held once a year. The invitational event sees the top 32 players in the world compete in a round-robin format where the top two players compete for the grand prize and bragging rights for a year.
Blizzard is one of the largest publishers in the industry. They are responsible for publishing major releases like World of Warcraft (WoW), StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm (HoS), Overwatch (OW) and Hearthstone. Blizzcon is Blizzard’s biggest event, and one of the most popular eSports tournaments for online betting purposes. During the event, they host the world finals of many of their games aside from Overwatch and Hearthstone, which have their own world Finals. The combined prize pool for Blizzcon is a couple of million, and growing each year. The event offers up the perfect opportunity to bet on multiple games and multiple genres and is a great option for eSports NZ fans to win big too.