Esports industry is taking over the world by storm. As it is evident that it will cross the $1 billion mark by the end of 2020. In this article, we will look at top eSports games that played a major impact in not only achieving this milestone. But also laid the foundation of competitive gaming.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive maintains its position as one of the best FPS titles in the world of eSports. The game receives regular updates by Valve. It also holds a very lucrative skin market, in weapon and knives skins. There are plenty of eSports events that are held every year that include ESL One events, DreamHack, and IEM competitions.
When it comes to global audiences, the most successful event is the IEM Katowice 2019 major. The competition had over 1 million viewers, with a $1 million prize pool. IEM has awarded the passionate gamers since 2013. Since at the time of this writing, it has successfully distributed over 90 million dollars.
If you are new to CS: GO world then we highly recommend you to visit HLTV.com events page. It holds comprehensive information about all the CSGO competitions.
League of Legends
Possibly the most famous esports title in the world. League of Legends (LoL) is dominating the Massive Online Battle Arenas (MOBAs) genre. The developer, Riot released it 11 years ago and holds over 2,400 competitions to its name. In those tournaments, over $76 million were awarded to the participants and the winners. The most successful country in LoL is South Korea, as it holds eight spots in the top 10 earners.
When we talk about the player activity in the game, LoL is a popular name. A report from 2019 shows that every over eight million concurrent play League. This is quite remarkable since it is only behind Fortnite. The Epic Game’s title is available on almost every platform while LoL is only present on PC.
Only one game in the MOBA is a true rival to League of Legends, and that’s Dota 2. Property of Valve, the studio behind the development of CSGO. While League remains a popular name in the Asian region. The top earners in Dota2 are spread all over the world. It includes Romania, France, China, and the U.S.A.
When it comes to distributing prize money, Dota 2 holds no competitor because of its crowdfunding model. The International is an annual event and comes with an in-game “Compendium”. It always releases a few months before the event. It comes with exciting modes, challenges, and cosmetics. That players can purchase or work hard to level up. 25% of each purchase goes to The International prize pool.
Dota 2 distributed over $220 million in prizes and has a record of hosting the most prestigious competition in terms of prize pool every year.
Despite having such attractive prize figures, Dota 2 falls in the shadow of LoL’s player count. In the early months of 2020, the game had around 400,000 player count that statistically is LoL’s 5%. We hope that it improves with time.