Best Esports Tournaments In 2018
Even though many esports are being launched every day in the hopes of creating a more competitive esports atmosphere, for 2018 the best esports in that matter that are worth their salt are a select few.
There are quite a number of video game tournaments that are competitive and well organized in the esports sphere. However, only a handful of these tournaments have grown the esporting industry to the success that it is today, which is currently valued at over $1.5 billion. Some of the esports that have turned the industry into what it is today continue to be popular for gamers and lucrative for game developers .
Below are some of the best esports tournaments in 2018.
Call of Duty World Championship
This esport is released annually and features both single player and multi-player options. The Call of Duty gaming community is famous for its competitiveness, which is openly exhibited at the tournament. These esport tournaments are usually organized by the series publisher, Activision. Other sponsors involved in the organization of the Call of Duty tournaments include Major League Gaming, PlayStation and Sports League.
The Call of Duty tournament is held annually and takes place every end of the season. The tournament is held to determine the World Champion of the year. For this year’s event, thirty-two teams from all over the globe will be taking part in the tournament for a slice of the $1.5 million prize pool pie.
To qualify for the event, one must be 18 years old and above. Also, the team must have prevailed in the qualifier events before they can go on to take part in the Championship.
This year’s tournament will be taking place from the 15th to the 19th of August in Columbus Ohio, at the Nationwide Arena. This year’s event will be the first one held in Columbus.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the fourth title in the Counter Strike series. This game is among the most popular multiplayer video games in esports and has some of the most prominent tournaments.
Although most of these tournaments have already taken place, there are still some yet to be held, including the DreamHack Masters Stockholm from August 29-September 2, the DreamHack Open Montreal from September 7-9, the Faceit London Major 2018 from September 20-23, the DreamHack Open Atlanta from November 16-18, the DreamHack Open Winter 2018 from November 30-December 2. The only online tournament left for this year is the cs_summit 3 from October 11-14.
This esport, which was created by Hidden Path Entertainment in collaboration with Valve Corporation, is undoubtedly the game that propelled esports to its current heights. Its tournaments are among the most competitive ones, especially due to the large prize pools.
The Dota 2 is a free-to-play video game that started out as a Defence of the Ancients sequel. It is currently among the most popular esports events worldwide. Last year it dethroned League of Legends as the most streamed esports event on Twitch.
This tournament is anchored around the critically acclaimed MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) and represents exactly what esports are about. The Dota 2 tournament, known as The International, is synonymous with large prize pools and millions in players and viewership every month. The event is organized and sponsored by Valve.
Current esports events yet to be held include the PVP Esports Championship running from October 5-7, the ESL One Hamburg 2018 from October 23-28, and the DOTA Summit 10 from December 12-16.
League of Legends
This video game currently ranks as the most popular esport on the planet. It is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) that is largely popular due to the competitiveness of its gameplay format and the immense support it enjoys from Riot Games, who organize the LCS (League Championship Series) held in Germany and North America as well as the World Championship which is held on an annual basis. The World Championship boasts of more than forty million unique views and a $6 million prize pool.
The esport was launched back in 2009 and features a microtransaction model which facilitates its continual development. With its continual stay at the top spot as the most watched esport on Twitch and a monthly unique player count of over 100 million, this game is and promises to continue to be the most popular esport on the globe.
Tournaments yet to be played include League of Legends Summer Cup 2 from 17-18 August, Trident Gaming Tournaments from 18-19 August, the National Circuit from 25-26 August, Promo Tournament from August 25-26, the Razor League-EUNE from September 1-November 25 , Razor League EUW from September 1-November 25, the Lenovo Legion Kupa-Pecs on September 2 and TN eSports LoL- fall season from September 8-9.
StarCraft is a deathmatch esport which basically mean you have to completely annihilate your opponent to emerge victoriously.
This game was first launched in 2010 and then re-launched later with a free-to-play feature. This game requires real-time strategy drafting and its controls are based on the third person. It is a very popular esport in South Korea where its competitions and tournaments thrive and are part of the most successful gaming franchises there. Even though some of the other esports in this list have more advanced gaming features like the MOBA and impressive prize pools, which the modest StarCraft video game does not possess, it still makes the list as a fan favorite mainly because of its incredibly competitive one-against-one game format. This game promises to remain a favorite this year and hopefully beyond.
This is one of those games that is great for spectating as well as playing. The game features opposing teams of cars going head to head on a football pitch. Its rough and tough adrenaline-filled mode of play makes it a very enjoyable esport that is a fan favorite for many bettors. This game is especially unique as most of its tournaments are held online and therefore does not require any traveling to attend the tournaments.
Current tournaments which are still yet to be played include Evolvd 3v3 tournament #1 on August 19, ESN 2v2 Championship Qualifier from August 25-September 29, 1v1 tournament for everybody from August 31-September 1, the FDL Open Series RL 2018-14 on September 1, Left Academy tournaments from September 1-2, DHMTL 18-3v3 Rocket League from September 8-9.
Some of the upcoming esports making a debut this year include Overwatch, PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, Fortnite and Halo
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