Something that has gained massive popularity over the past few years is esports. Although traditional sports maintain their popularity, esports has really become one of the leading hobbies in the world. If you’re not familiar with the term, esports basically refers to online gaming. It sees gamers from across the world compete and play with each other on a series of different video games. The 2010s really saw a huge leap in the esports industry. There are now regular international tournaments that see people from all over the globe competing for huge prizes. The industry is so big now that hundreds of gamers make their living playing esports. Some of the biggest players are even sponsored by massive companies, such as Redbull.
But what games are responsible for the online craze? Although some of your favorite old PC titles are still regularly played, many of the most popular esports games are more modern releases. The constant releasing of new titles is what helps power the interest in esports. People are always looking forward to major game releases, with many players watching experts at the gameplay to either judge the release, or improve their skills. But as of 2021, what are some of the most popular esports games?
When it was introduced in 2017, Fortnite took the gaming world by storm. The battle royale game sees 100 players placed into a war zone. They then battle it out amongst themselves to claim the top spot. The game is by far the most popular third-person battle royale shooter. Fortnite offers a unique battle royale experience as players can build structures to help defend themselves in battle. The game is available on several platforms, such as Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.
The Counter-Strike franchise was first released in 2000 with its first edition, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero. Since then, the game has become one of the most recognizable first-person shooters. As of late 2020, the official Counter-Strike website announced that they had 20 million active players scattered across the globe.
League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena. It sees players team up and take on opposition to try and become the victor by attacking their opponents’ bases. The game was developed by American game developer Riot Games and was first released in 2009. The video game sees many different domestic and international competitions take place. One of the biggest annual esports events in the world is the League of Legends World Championships. The event sees the winning team take home $2 million.
Ubisoft’s first-person shooter Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege was first released in 2015. The game sees two teams face off against each other. Each team consists of five players. One team acts the attacking side while the other does the defending. In 2020, they hosted an esports event called Six Invitational. This became the esports event with the highest prize pool ever, coming in at $3 million.
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