Dante Anderson, Director, Regional Lotto, OLG
Did you know the DOTA 2 international has a $10 million prize pool? That’s bigger than the Masters. Up until recently, ‘gaming’ was often considered a waste of time – stereotyped, misunderstood and relegated to bedrooms across the globe. Things have changed. The eSports phenomenon is taking the world by storm – multi million dollar prizes, six figure incomes, international leagues, match betting, underground gambling, corporate sponsors, TV broadcasts, and acquisitions by pro sports organizations – all driven by a massive, highly engaged global community eager to invest loads of cash and time. What makes the eSports world so unique and why should we take note? We’ll explore what makes the industry tick and provoke thinking on how to capitalize on its booming growth.