Iraqis have a broad range of electronic sports to wager on. Here are some of the top favored options:
Published by Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch is among the most popular titles in Iraq's electronic sports betting arena. It's a team-based first-person shooter (FPS) that revolves around squad-based combat. There are two contesting teams, each with six players taking up the roles of different hero characters.
League of Legends (LoL)
It's also common to find Iraqis wagering on League of Legends, a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) title initially released by Riot Games in 2009. Its gameplay is designed around two groups, each with five players battling to inhabit and keep half of the map.
This real-time strategy title, StarCraft II is more popular among Sci-Fi enthusiasts in Iraq. Like Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment also developed and published it. Notably, it's a sequel to the StarCraft title released in 1998, and it's available on Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.
Here's another top-rated video game sport that Iraqi punters like to wager on. Riot Games released Valorant as a first-person hero shooter game in 2020, and it garnered the attention of gamers in Iraq and beyond. While some only wanted to play it, others craved to bet on it at their bookies.
Epic Games' Fortnite has amassed countless fans in Iraq, explaining its incredible popularity among punters in this country. It's a survival battle royale title playable in three different game modes with the same game engine and gameplay. A hundred players fight each other to be the last one standing in the game.
Developed by Valve, Dota 2 is a MOBA game released for Linux and Windows in 2013, and it ranks among the best games in the competitive scene, which is true, judging by its great gameplay and millions of fans. Fortunately, it's offered my many bookies accepting Iraqis, making it effortless for them to bet on it.
It's noteworthy that these are not the only electronic sports that Iraqis wager on. Others include Rainbow Six Siege, Counter Stroke: Global Offensive (CS: GO), Call of Duty, PUBG: Battlegrounds, and Hearthstone. Punters also consider traditional sports games such as FIFA, NBA 2K, Madden, and Rocket League.
Of course, all these cybersports hold big tournaments where competitive players or athletes compete against each other to win trophies and cash. For example, Dota 2 has The International, while LoL offers the League of Legends World Championship.