eSports is on the rise in Canada!

eSports is on the rise in Canada!

According to statistics compiled by GlobalWebIndex, 28% of Canadian youth aged between 16 to 24 claimed to have followed an esports tournament in the month before participation in the survey. Canada placed in the 26th out of the 41 countries studied. “In comparison with what exists elsewhere, the Canadian industry is still in its infancy. It’s a little like the Wild West,” says Carl-Edwin Michel, founder and CEO of Northern Arena. This Toronto-based company works in all aspects of esports, organizing events, producing media content and training to manage talent. The popularity of esports has created the opportunity for esports to be present in the 2022 Asia Games. During the Asia games, video game competitors will have the chance to be awarded official medals for the very first time. Apart from this, esports is considered a demonstration event at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Esports has attracted so much attention that Canadian-based tech companies like OverActive Media, formed when the Ledger Group, a Canadian tech investment company, change to a significant esports focus following investments in American sports franchise Splyse and Enthusiast Gaming. OverActive Media will be building a 7,000 – 10,000 seat esports arena at Exhibition Place in Toronto. According to a recent study from Eilers Research, total wagering on esports will exceed $20 billion by 2020. There are many anticipated events and leagues for esports. Some include the League of Legends World Championship, Call of Duty World League, and the Overwatch League. Due to the current pandemic, relatively all major esports leagues in Canada have shifted online.

Watching esports from the comfort of your screen, wherever you are, makes it even more convenient. Esports enthusiasts can watch their favourite esports at their favourite Canadian sports betting sites. However, there are many factors players in Canada need to consider when choosing an esports betting site, such as what type of game to play and which bonus to claim. Some of the top sports betting sites in Canada offering esports betting options include William Hill & Betsafe. There are various payment options available for Canadian players to get started with esports betting in Canada.

Top 5 esports Canadian Teams and Earnings

Team eSportsTotal Earnings
Luminosity GamingCounter Strike $1,347,382
Vancouver TitansOverwatch$350,000
Team NPDota2$224,679
Team Tinker Dota2$120,561
Team CanadaOverwatch$76,000

Top 5 Highest-Earning Esports Players in Canada

PlayerseSportsTotal Earnings
Artour ''Arteezy'' BabaevDota 2$2.25 million
Kurtis ''Aui_2000'' LingDota 2$1,973,100
Williams “Zayt” AubinFortnite$1,112,541.53
Thomas “Elevate” KruegerDota 2$955,521
Jacky “EternaLEnVy” MaoDota 2$974,849.69

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