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eSports NZ Most Popular Games

All top-rated eSports NZ betting sites offer a huge selection of markets on both local and international gaming tournaments. For anyone interested in electronic sports betting, it is important to realise that each game can be viewed as a different sport like Rugby, Cricket or Soccer.

As such, it is best to focus on one genre, getting to know the teams, the objectives, and what tactics are used to win a match. To give you a better idea of what you can wager on we’ve taken a look at the most popular eSports games played in competitive matches and tournaments.

Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA)

Most punters betting on eSports will start with MOBA games simply because they are so prevalent among the gaming community, and they feature in both domestic and international leagues.

  • League of Legends – Also known as LoL is the most popular MOBA title on the planet. Released in 2009, it is played with 2 teams of 5 players each. All players in a team select a “champion” from a list of 130. The aim is to destroy the opponent’s Nexus.
     
  • Defence Of the Ancients 2 – Popularly known as DOTA 2, has a similar structure to League of Legends in that it is played with 2 teams of 5 players each. Matches are played on a single map with each player selection a “hero” from 113 choices. The aim is to destroy the opponents major structure called an “Ancient”. 
     
  • Heroes of the Storm – With eSports gaming, Heroes of the storm is slightly different to the regular MOBA fare in that it is really just a fighting title aptly named a Hero Brawler. 2 teams of 5 players take control of a Hero where the aim is simply to kill all your opponents.

First-Person Shooters (FPS)

  • Counterstrike: Global Offensive – Commonly known as CS:GO, this first-person shooter game is the most popular at eSports NZ sites. The game splits teams into the terrorists and the counter-terrorists. The terrorists must plant a bomb and kill the hostages while the counter-terrorists must defuse the bomb and safe the hostages.
     
  • Overwatch – Released in 2016, Overwatch is a multiplayer game where players work together to meet set objectives. These can include escorting a transport or securing a location. 
     
  • Call of Duty – Popular with eSports leagues, Call of Duty is perhaps the most expansive first-person shooter in the world spawning several sequels and spinoffs. It is a modern warfare game set in World War II

Real Time Strategy RTS

  • StarCraft II – The sequel to the original StarCraft is responsible for propelling the eSports NZ  has to offer into the global area. This RTS game is a military science fiction masterpiece involving three species including the Terrans, the Zerg and the Protoss.
     
  • WarCraft II – WarCraft II is yet another sequel that has gone on to become one of the most popular genres in the industry. First released in the late 90’s, during play teams collect resources and build structures in order to defeat their opponents.

Sports and Racing

  • FIFA – FIFA is undoubtedly the most popular sports-themed release on the planet. It usually offers the best odds and is simply an electronic version of football, which is why it appeals to the general masses. 
     
  • Rocket League – While not actually based on a sport as such, Rocket League is a type of virtual sport where players use rocket-powered vehicles to move a ball around and score a goal.

Formula One – As with FIFA, Formula One is based on the real-life version of the sports with no set eSports teams but rather a professional league with drivers competing for a season title and race title.

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