Best Esports for Australia in 2020
Esports has been growing in popularity over the last few years and is expected to grow even further in the near future. Games such as Fortnite have become part of popular culture, while events like The International, League of Legends World Championship, International eSports Federation World Championship and Dream Hack have become very lucrative for the players and organizers.
Australia, as a country, has been a huge fan of esports, and this trend looks set to continue. The numbers show that globally, around 40% of gamers also watch esports events, doing so at least once a week. This is expected to translate to revenues of over $1.5 billion by the end of 2020, with advertising and sponsorships making up the bulk of this amount. With a global audience of over 600 million, it is no surprise that the industry is able to generate this revenue.
In Australia, gaming has been one of the favourite hobbies for many Australians for years, especially those under the age of 35. This has been deemed worthy enough by the CEO of Netflix to worry about gaming being a big threat for his company, bigger than the likes of HBO and other content providers. The average Australian gamer spends 1.5 hours playing games every day; this figure is for men, with women spending a little less time than that at 71 minutes or just over an hour.
All of these fans also have their picks for the best teams and sports to watch out for this year. Esports has become very attractive, as can be seen by the $34 million prize pot at the 2019 DOTA 2 International event, which was watched by over 200 million people. StarCraft II World Championship, another esport event hosted by Blizzard Entertainment, has consistently had prize pools of over $2 million.
Australian esports fans have largely shown interest in Overwatch and League of Legends, which are thus the most popular esports games in the country. Fortnite is another extremely popular game Down Under. For people looking to bet on some of the best esports leagues and teams in Australia, you should keep an eye on Overwatch Contenders, League of Legends Oceanic Pro League and Fortnite players as well. Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and Rainbow Six are also very popular games in Australia.
Team Australia represents the country every year at the International Esports Federation World Championship. Team Nibbies’ players – Marc, Joel, MaX, Dragkuu and Hotchelli made up Team Australia in 2018. Legion Gaming are another popular team Down Under, even though they finished last in the OCS Split 1 in 2016. The CS:GO and ViewSonic Dark Sided team were second in the CyberGamer Pro League in 2018, while Dark Sided won the Dream Hack Masters held in Malmo in 2017. The Esports University League may be the best option for newcomers looking to join tournaments for Australian players.