Over the last few years, there have been few phenomena that have taken the world by storm quite the same way that eSports have. While eSports have been played internationally for almost 30 years, it’s only been in the last 10 that they’ve truly taken off, but in that time they’ve managed to change the face of gaming as we know it.
From League of Legends, Dota 2, Starcraft 2, Call of Duty, and many, many more, each one of these games has contributed in their own way to making the eSports scene that much bigger. It didn’t take long for many of these games to go from casual multiplayer between locals to massive, international events that saw the winners walk away with millions of dollars in prize giving.
In fact, the eSports world has become so popular, that is has given rise to its own sports betting NZ industry that is almost as large as traditional sports betting.
These are some of the biggest eSports tournaments in the world right now.
League of Legends Worlds
Cited as the most played game in the world, with over one billion players, League of Legends is a titan in the industry, and oversees some of the most successful eSports campaigns currently on the circuit.
League of Legends Worlds is their flagship, international event, complete with 24 teams from across the globe, all vying for the top spot and the huge winnings that accompany that spot.
Call of Duty World League
As arguably the most successful gaming franchise the world has ever seen, Call of Duty has gone from a simple game of war to a large-scale wide-reaching phenomenon that has seen persistently growing popularity.
While the World League might not be quite on the same league as those tournaments thrown by the other names on this list, it’s growing quickly, and within a few years could seat itself among the others thanks to its immense fanbase.
For those that manage to best their opponents in World League, they can expect prize winnings of up to $80000, with that number expected to increase, as the tournament grows larger with every passing year.
Dota 2 The International
The International is the reigning king of eSports events right now, and the most anticipated tournament of the gaming year for millions across the globe.
Valve’s flagship game, Dota 2, has seen incredible success since it debut, and many always expected that it would make a brilliant tournament sport, and they were proven correct in 2011 when Valve announced the first The International event.
Since that time, it has spread like wildfire, and in 2014 it set the record for the largest prize pools, which came in at $10.9 million.
Fast-forward to today, and winners of the prestigious championship can expect to pocket up to $24 million which is given to the winning team as whole. The International shows no signs of slowing down as it attracts ever more fans.