Unless you are a player or keen follower of eSports, you may not yet have heard about the game called Dota 2, but professional Dota 2 tournaments have earned teams and players more than $100 million with over half of that being awarded at International tournaments, making it one of the highest-earning eSport games.
But why are we talking about this game you might ask? Well, it’s just one of the eleven elite, invitational and pro-series leagues across multiple game styles that you can follow and place bets on straight away on the Dragon Online Casino.
According to leading market researcher, Newzoo, global eSports revenues will surpass a colossal $1 billion in 2020 – and this is without counting broadcasting revenues. We put the very best of tournaments in reach, allowing you to watch games live, at home or while out and about on your mobile device. And if joining the existing global eSports audience of 495 million enthusiasts and occasional viewers this year isn’t exciting enough, the eSports Ecosystem Report 2020 predicts the market will surpass $1.5 billion by 2023.
So, read on for more information on the games you will have access to:
· Dota 2, a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) pulls in around 11 million users per month and has a record high peak of concurrent players of nearly 1.29 million in March 2016, remains a firm fan favourite with 791 thousand concurrent players in May this year. Look out for $multi-million prize-winning team OG on the Dragon Casino platform.
· FIFA, you’ll be on the edge of your seat watching football matches from the FIFA Elite League where you can enjoy cheering on the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United as they take on European giants such as Barcelona and Real Madrid in competitive eSports games.
· Counter-Strike, a first-person shooter (FPS) watched by millions around the world, pits two teams against each other in a fight for survival. It won the fan’s choice eSports Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2015 and, most recently, generated a combined worldwide revenue of $414 million in 2018.
· The League of Legends, the (LOL) World Championships was 2019’s biggest tournament by live viewership on Twitch and YouTube, with a massive 105.5 million hours. LOL is one of the highest-grossing MOBA games in the world. Players control their champions and battle against the opposing team to destroy their bases in frenetic games like Summoner’s Rift, Twisted Treeline, and Howling Abyss which typically last between 20 to 60 minutes.
· Overwatch from AAA game studio Blizzard also pulls in a tremendous fan base with the Overwatch League generating 104.1 million hours across Twitch and YouTube. Overwatch is perhaps one of the more bizarre games where players can bend time, defy physics in fun, team-based FPS battles in iconic locations from around the world.
· Starcraft, also from Blizzard, is set in space and is an extremely fast-paced but deeply strategic game. Every player begins with limited resources which they need to build up while fending off the enemy forces who are seeking to raze the opponent's buildings to the ground. This game is massive in Asia and in particular in Korea, which has a professional circuit with millions of fans, corporate sponsors and even televised events.
The amount of skill and strategy needed to successful reign, lead to Starcraft being trialled for inclusion as an Olympic sport, and you can see multiple games each day on the Dragon platform.
· Starcraft Brood War, a variant of the Starcraft games which introduces new mechanics and strategies set two days after the original Starcraft game ended.
· Warcraft 3, similar to Starcraft but with a massive following in China with up to 100 thousand amateur players active regularly and professional players often crossing over from Starcraft.
· Rainbox Six, a FPS based on the popular Tom Clancy books is also on our platform where you can enjoy games from multiple international leagues with qualifiers in every continent. With over 40 operators to choose from this game remains a firm favourite with fans and viewers alike. Look out for top teams like G2 Esports who won $800,000 last year.
· World of Warcraft (WOW), another top-class game from Blizzard is now in its 15th year of production and is considered many to be the game that introduced the online player vs player tournaments. You can enjoy games from the MDI East league which kicks off in July bringing together teams from China, Korea, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Australia/New Zealand to duel in the dungeons.
· Last but by in no way least – Call of Duty, one of the most successful franchises is brought to you through the Call of Duty League.
With a continual release of new Call of Duty games which gross $billions keeping players active and an official pro-amateur progression system, you are sure to witness some of the hardest fought, and skilful FPS encounters with teams like the ever-popular FaZe clan in action.
So its been a long article but hopefully it gives an insight into the massive opportunities to enjoy watching the hottest eSports matches with the combination of game genres offering an excellent choice for whatever your preferred style is. We’re sure you will agree that this is a great selection but this is only the first phase of Paul Moynan’s plans to expand the offerings with other games in line with our partners in Japan and in South Korea with event organisers.
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