Esports has quickly evolved into a multi-billion-dollar industry played by millions across the world. It is no longer just something that friends do together over the weekend. It is a serious and extremely competitive industries, that sees gamers playing shooter games, simulators and more to large, excited crowds.
Let’s Dota Gang bring you all take a look at the Esport in 2020.
What is Esport?
Esport is a sport where players battle it out over video games. Esports are competitions are well organized and the games see professional players, individuals and teams battling it out for the prize money in a wide range of games. Tournaments are played between teams of between 5-6 players and they can get extremely competitive as the players battle it out for the ultimate title. The industry is growing quickly, and the prize money associated with these games is growing rapidly as the sport gains even more momentum and the industry as a whole is now work over $1 billion.
Is Esport a sport?
Gamers who have dedicated their life to esports definitely think of game playing as a sport. It takes hours of training, planning and preparing to be able to compete in the top tournaments that are played annually. The industry follows a set of rules and regulations, just like more traditional sports and esports teams are treated like any other professional athletic team. If you follow the latest esport news you will clearly see that e-sports are in fact a recognized sport, with the prize money to prove it.
The following games are the most popular esports games for 2020:
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
This game launched eight years ago, and it is still going strong as one of the top esports games in the world. The game has done well, and players spend a lot on weapon skins and knives to improve and enhance their performance on the game. There are also a host of related events that happen each for players and spectators to enjoy. There are various leagues playing Counter Strike, like BLAST Premier and ESL Pro League. The tournaments planned for 2020 are IEK Katowice 2020 and DreamHack Anaheim.
Total Prize money: $17,578.000
Most viewed tournament: IEM Katowice Major
Viewers: 1.2 million
League of Legends
League of Legends(LoL), which was launched 11 years ago, is one of the most popular esport games in the world with a strong presence in South Korea. In fact, 8 of the 10 top earners all come from South Korea. LoL is also one of two Massive Online Battle arenas currently dominating in esports. Around 8 million players play LoL at the same time every single day, showing just how popular this PC game is.
Total Prize money: $8,948,000
Most viewed tournament: League of Legends Worlds
Viewers: 3.9 million
Fornite released in 2017 to an absolute media buzz and since then it has built up a solid reputation in esports, despite the fact that Epic are inclined to make changes to the game before large tournaments. 2019 saw Fortnite hold the biggest Fornite esports even, the Fortnite World Cup in New York City. Fortnite has over 250 million users owing largely to the fact that you can play the game on just about any platform.
Total Prize money: $64,338,000
Most viewed tournament: Fortnite World Cup
Viewers: 2.3 million
Dota 2 and League of Legends are in direct competition with each other, but it is interesting to note that while the top players of LoL are based in Asia, Dota 2 has players that span across 16 different countries. Dota 2 uses a creative means to get funding for their annual event, The International. As a part of the build fans purchase the Compendium. This in-game purchases gives them access to new modes, consumables and cosmetics and 25% of the proceeds go towards funding The International. While Dota 2 has more cash in its prize pool, it has a lot less users than LoL. Currently they only have around 400k players.
Total Prize money: $46,150, 000
Most viewed tournament: The International
Viewers: 2 million
Call of Duty
Call of Duty is the only esports games to be played on console. Every year a new title is released which makes this esport exciting to watch because players have to basically learn a new game every year. The COD recently made the move to a franchise-based system. There are 12 teams, all location based, in North America and Europe that compete every 2 weeks for $6 million. Player numbers aren’t available for COD, but it is one of the most popular franchise and the game has surpassed the $1 billion mark.
Total Prize money: $6 million
Most viewed tournament: Call of Duty World Championship
Viewers: 150, 000
There are 20 teams currently playing in the Overwatch League. These teams compete for over 26 weeks for a share of $5 million with the final event being the Overwatch World Cup. This esport tournament might just be one of the most exciting ones to watch. South Korea and the USA are the main countries competing the league.
Total Prize money: $5 million
Most viewed tournament: Netease Esports X Tournament Winter
Viewers: 612, 000
– While these are the main esport games, they are by no means the only games being played. There are countless other games being played at a competitive level, including
PUBG which has 980k viewers tuning into PUBG Korea League Phase I to play for a pot of $163, 000
PUBG Mobile is growing in popularity with 525k watching the Club Open Fall Split Global Finals
Apex Legends attracts an audience of around 570k viewers who watch Twitch Rivals Apex Legends Challenge to see who will win the $50,000
FIFA 20 is one of the most watched video games with over 47 million viewers tuning in to watch the Grand Final 2019. The total prize money for the tournament was $500,000
Free Fire is also pretty popular with around 2 million viewers watching the Free Fire World Series 2019 Rio.