What are the most popular games in eSports?
Cyber sport is not monotonous in its specifics; it includes competitions on games of many different genres from different developers. Each of them has its own characteristics. Here are the most popular eSports games and their descriptions.
Key esports disciplines
Given the views of cyber tournaments and their total prize money, we can distinguish the following leaders among esports disciplines:
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- Dota 2
- League of Legends (LoL)
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
- PUBG Mobile
According to Newzoo, broadcasts of competitions in the top 25 cyber sports disciplines garnered more than 1.2 billion hours of viewing in 2020. LoL is in first place with 348.8 million hours, CS:GO is second with 250 million hours of viewing, Dota 2 is third with 198.9 million, Overwatch is fourth with 109.9 million hours, Hearthstone is fifth with 37 million hours and Rainbow Six is sixth with 32.4 million hours of viewing.
PUBG Mobile has 27.9 million hours of views, Fortnite bet has 27.5 million, FIFA 19 and FIFA 20 together have 10.7 million hours.
Prize pools vary across disciplines, but each of the listed disciplines has hosted tournaments with a total fund of $1 million or more. The most prize pools are drawn at The International Dota 2 championships, with the 2019 event’s fund reaching $34,330,068. Let’s take a look at the most popular eSports games and their.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
An FPS game from Valve, released in 2012. It is the world’s most popular first-person shooter, which also accepts CSGO betting.
The gameplay is built around two teams (Special Forces and Terrorists), each with five players. The game can follow one of three scenarios:
- hostage rescue;
- bomb clearance;
- battle royale.
The winning team is decided after a series of rounds.
The game from Epic Games arrived in early access in 2017, with a full version in 2020. The game is fully featured in three independent modes.
- Fortnite: Save the World: It is an open-world cooperative survival simulator with gameplay built around swashbuckling battles involving weapons and various
- Fortnite: Creative: A sandbox game similar to Minecraft where you can build different structures
- Fortnite: Battle Royale is a competitive mode based on the Battle Royale genre that has been turned into an eSports discipline.
Call of Duty
The perennial FPS franchise is well known for its incredibly competitive gaming communities, with professional eSports tournaments organized by series publisher Activision. The success of the Call of Duty franchise, which has generated around $15 billion in in-game sales, can be attributed to
- flawless design;
- technically thought-out missions.
The mobile version of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, released in 2018. Refers to the battle royale genre, combining elements of an MMO and a survival simulator with a last man standing mode. Either the player whose character is the last one left or the last team left on the map wins.