Tournament eSports Betting in Canada
Just like regular sports, online eSports betting in Canada can involve putting money down on individual matches as well as tournaments. Tournament betting is not a new concept, as Canadians have been predicting the winning NFL team, the winning NHL team and the winning NBA team for many years. In eSports betting, the options are no different.
In any tournament, there is the opportunity to predict the outright winner; teams to reach the finals, group winners and the specific group the winner will emerge from. Some events include multiple games, while others are specific to one type of game. If you are keen to get started, here is a quick list of some of the biggest eSports tournaments in the world.
Dota 2: The International
Defence of the Ancients 2 or Dota 2 is one of the most popular eSports games on the planet. If you are going to dedicate your time and effort to a particular genre, Dota is a good place to start. Not only is The International the largest Dota tournament, it is also one of the biggest in the world. Held by Valve and streamed live around the world, The International accounts for most of the betting action and is a huge draw card for punters globally.
Intel Extreme Masters
In the World of eSports Betting, the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) is the perfect event on which to test your skills. Founded in 2006, IEM is the longest running electronic gaming tour in the world. The multi-event is great for punters who don’t want to be restricted to one type of game. The event includes competitive matches of Overwatch, League of Legends, StarCraft and Counterstrike. The last IEM saw a massive 173 000 spectators fill the stadium for the live finals, while a further 43 million fans watched online.
League of Legends World Championship
Like Dota, League of Legends (LoL) is the most popular competitive game in circulation. All eSports Canada sites offer LoL betting whether it be on the World Championships or local events. The LoL Worlds consist of multiple events throughout the year with seeded teams from different regions. The finals are played as a sort of Round Robin, with single elimination rounds that culminate in the main event. Being one of the largest competitions in the world, the LoL Worlds provides non-stop action and plenty of wagering opportunities.
ESL Pro League
Organised by ESL, the world’s largest provider of its kind, the Pro League is a multi-stage competition between the world’s best Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) teams. Usually run over a period of nine weeks the Pro League has had over 6 successful seasons, all offering over $1 million in prize money. The finals are played as a live event where winning team gets the bulk of the cash and bragging rights for the next 12 months. While it is not one of the longest eSports tournaments, is certainly one of the largest, providing plenty of action for punters in Canada.
First run in 2013, the Capcom Cup is a major competition dedicated to Street Fighter V. While it may seem like a niche market, fighting games are on the rise and the Capcom Cup is the biggest global tournament in the genre.
Held every year the competition is strictly invitational and consists of 32 of the best players from around the globe. Streamed to a live audience and gifted with a generous prize pool, it is considered a premier event on the calendar. For enthusiasts of eSports betting in Canada, it offers a great opportunity to put money on a game that usually doesn’t feature at a bookmakers.