The Most Popular eSports Games in New Zealand

With the rise of online eSports betting, the most popular eSports games in New Zealand attract thousands of bets on every single game and event. Whether it is a local league or an international tournament, there are certain games that are just more popular than others.

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If you are just getting into this type of wagering, take a look at the most popular options you can put money on.

Dota 2

Defence of the Ancients 2, more commonly known as DOTA 2 is one of the most popular eSports games in the world. Created and developed by Valve, this is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game that boasts the highest prize pool in the industry, with more than $126 million already dished out. Dota 2 is played in a 5x5 format where each player takes control of Hero. The aim is to destroy the opposing team’s “ancient” which is a large protected building. The largest Dota 2 tournament is The International.

League of Legends

League of Legends (LOL) is without a doubt the largest MOBA release in the industry. Developed by Riot Games in 2009, it is responsible for the bulk of electronic sports betting wagers, and has one of the largest followings in the sport. LOL is also played in a 5x5 format with each player taking control of a Champion. To win, a team must destroy the opposing team’s “Nexus” which is a protected building. The LOL World Champs is the largest tournament in the genre, but there are dozens of smaller tournaments happening throughout the year.


Overwatch, shortened to “OW” is a hero shooter game that was developed and released by Blizzard just a few years ago. Overwatch is the only title that was incorporated into a traditional US sports league with a full set of paid professional players, as well as a set preseason, regular season and postseason. Popular with eSports NZ betting, Overwatch is played in a 6x6 format in one of three modes. The modes can include control, assault or escort. Players can pick from one of 20 heroes and play on any of the 30 maps. Most of the sports betting action is on the OW League.

Counterstrike: Global Offensive

Counterstrike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is one of the most popular eSports games in New Zealand. This is a First-Person Shooter (FPS) with more than 85000 active competitive players. In CS:GO teams are split into the Terrorists and the Counter Terrorists. The aim is either to defend a base and rescue hostages, or destroy a base, depending on what team you are on. CS:GO is great to watch, and to bet on the results. It also has one of the largest selection of markets.

StarCraft II

StarCraft II is one of those rare eSports games that have been around for a while now, but still attracts plenty of players and an abundance of wagers. This is Real Time Strategy (RTS) game that was developed by Blizzard in 2010 and is usually played as a one-on-one format. In StarCraft II players can choose to play a one of three fractions or beings. The aim is to strategically build up your fraction by managing resources, training units and readying for combat. You can then destroy the enemy fraction once you have enough resources.

Other Notable Releases

While the above titles are certainly the most popular eSports games in New Zealand, there are others that deserve mentioning since they provide plenty of wagering action too. Titles to look out for include Rocket League, Heroes of the Storm, Call of Duty, Fortnite, FIFA 18, Player Unknown’s Battleground and Rainbow Six.

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