ESport has totally defined the world of gaming with its competitions and tournaments that feature professional players all over the world. Yes, ESport allowed excellent gamers to play video games and win money for the love of gaming. That’s why for today, we’re featuring the top Esports games in the world:
Dota began as a fan-made mod of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos which rose to popularity and spawned its stand-alone sequel, Dota 2. Known as one of the most popular MOBA games in history, it became the most popular electronic sports game played professionally. In 2011, Valve hosted its own competition, The International, which featured a USD $1 million grand prizes. And by 2016, The International 2016 boasted a huge prize pool of over $200 million USD. It has held more than 703 tournaments and has more than 1,700 professional players.
League of Legends
League of Legends or LoL is another MOBA game published by Riot Games and is inspired by Defense of the Ancients. Its first tournament was featured as the promotional title in the 2010 World Cyber Games in Los Angeles. But in 2011, its first official tournament game, Season 1 World Championship, was held at Dreamhack Summer. It now has more than 4,000 professional players and has caught more than 1,800 games.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive knew as CS: GO is a tactical first-person shooter game from Valve Corporation and Hidden Path Entertainment. It is the 4th game in the Counter-Strike franchise. It pits a team of counter-terrorists against a team of terrorists in a series of rounds. It now has more than 6,000 professional players and has held more than 2,000 tournaments.
StarCraft II StarCraft II is a military science fiction RTS game from the famous Blizzard Entertainment. It is the sequel to the award-winning 1998 video game StarCraft, it is split into three installments. Its own World Championship Series is Blizzard’s own league for the game and is separated into three distinct regions around the world. As of now, it has over 2,000 professional players and has held 4,203 tournaments.
Counter-Strike also was known as Half-Life: Counter-Strike is a tactical first-person shooter game which was initially released before CS: Go. Similar to the game mentioned, the game is won either by completing missions or eliminating the opposing force. It has spawned some of the best first-person professional teams in the Esports industry including eSTRO from Korea, North America’s Evil Geniuses, and MiBr from Brazil.
Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is the favorite digital CCG game from Blizzard Entertainment and happens to be a free-to-play game for Microsoft Windows PCs and gaming laptops. Despite its focus on a fast-paced gameplay, it has hosted numerous tournaments around the world. It even has its own annual “Hearthstone World Championship,” where the best Hearthstone players compete with each other to reach the Global Finals at BlizzCon.
Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm (HotS) is a hero-brawler game from Blizzard Entertainment. What made this game so exciting is that it features characters from previous Blizzard games like WarCraft, Diablo, and StarCraft, as well as Overwatch. Compare to MOBA games like Dota 2 or League of Legends, it has a broader play-style that differentiates it from the regular MOBA games. It has held over than 400 tournaments around the world.