The lan houses gamers marked the childhood and adolescence of several young Brazilians in the early 2000s, and offered franchise games such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) , Dota 2 and PES. As a result of this success, the first competitive tournaments in history began to emerge, not only in Brazilian territory, but throughout the world. See below, the games that have become popular thanks to the lan houses and are still successful in esports.
Pro Evolution Soccer
PES, Konami’s famous soccer simulator, also passed through the lan houses. Launched for consoles in 2001 and for computers in 2003, Pro Evolution Soccer was guaranteed fun for many teenagers in the 2000s. Whether in club competitions organized by friends or in game stores, the franchise has always promoted competitive disputes around the world.
The success of the game extends to today. In addition to the national tournaments, such as the e-Brasileirão , the best athletes of the title face each year in the PES League, the category World Championship. The last edition , for example, earned the champion $ 72,000 in prizes.
World of Warcraft
The online adventures in the mystical world of Azeroth began in 2004, when World of Warcraft was officially announced by Blizzard . Considered one of the most popular MMORPGs in history, the game traces the ethnic conflicts between two factions, Horde and Alliance.
WoW was stamped in Brazilian houses, but lost its breath over time. The franchise arena mode, however, is still used for professional tournament disputes. This is the case of the Arena World Championship , World of Warcraft World Championship played all season finale at Blizzcon , the developer’s annual convention.
Defense of the Ancients, or simply DotA, was a mod created in 2005 from the game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. The game mode, unprecedented for the time, was very successful in lan houses around the world, to the point of being finally made official by Valve in 2013, through the name DotA 2. The MOBA has stirred a string of competitive events ever since.
DotA 2 has a calendar called Pro Circuit. Several organizations face each other in contests throughout the season, with general awards worth as much as $ 1 million. The best teams of the scenario face each other in the iconic The International, the World Championship category.
Point Blank is another first-person shooter that moved lan houses in the 2000s. Launched in 2008 by South Korean developer Zepetto and with game mechanics similar to Counter-Strike, the title has gained considerable popularity in lan. Although it is the least known of the list, the game is still part of the competitive landscape, especially on national soil.
Played annually, Point Blank World Challenge is the game’s world championship. The competition brings together the eight best organizations on the planet in the running points model.