If you are looking for proof about the popularity of online gaming you need look no further than the burgeoning eSports industry.
The sector already generates revenues of over $1 billion annually and has been predicted by many experts to enjoy significant growth over the next few years.
Major broadcast and sponsorship deals have helped eSports become part a bona-fide mainstream activity, and other industries are now beginning to jump on the bandwagon.
eSports have started to be heavily featured on many betting sites, sparking talk that those two sectors will become intertwined in the near future.
With many of the top competitions attracting huge worldwide audiences, it is unlikely that things are going to slow down any time soon. Read on as we look at three eSports events to follow in 2020.
Call of Duty League
The inaugural Call of Duty League was launched in 2020, with 12 professional teams competing for $6 million in prize money.
Following an exciting start to the campaign the esports betting forecasts suggest that Atlanta FaZe and Dallas Empire are favourites to claim the title.
FaZe have beaten Empire twice this season, but Dallas hit back with a comfortable victory at the Chicago Home Series back in April.
Chicago Huntsmen have also been in good form during the early part of the season and are expected to be the biggest challengers in this epic series of games.
F1 Pro League
Motor racing fans have plenty to look forward to this year as the first-ever Formula 1 Pro League gets underway.
The competition will follow the same format as the real Grand Prix season, with Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships on the line.
There will be 22 races during the year, with the regular season schedule ending at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
The top 10 racers from the Pro League will progress to the Grand Final to compete against other competitors from regional finals for the chance to sign for an official F1 eSports team.
League of Legends World Championship
The League of Legends World Championship takes centre stage in November as China hosts the world’s most-watched eSports event.
The finals will be held in the magnificent Shanghai Stadium, with its 55,000-capacity expected to be filled by fans from across the world.
SK Telecom T1 are the most successful team in the nine-year history of the competition, having claimed the title on three previous occasions.
FunPlus Phoenix were surprise winners of the championship in 2019, becoming just the second tournament debutants to claim the prestigious prize.