Competitive games have some characteristic in common which includes exciting rewards for victory and a universally accepted ranked system for the players. The fights can happen between one or two players, as in fighting games and card games, or between teams, as in MOBAs and FPS games. In addition to them, the genre Battle Royale has also been successful, being protagonist for fights between dozens of participants.
A competitive game becomes part of the esports scene when tournaments and championships with prizes are organized by some some of the best organizations like ESL and Dreamhack. Many games have already consolidated their spot in the esports industry and host a year long calendar of exciting competitions, like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) , League of Legends (LoL) and Fortnite. Here are some of top online competitive games that will remain a force to reckoned with in the future.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO)
The Valve title is arguably the most successful FPS of the esports. CS: GO is the second highest-earning title in electronic sports – over $ 75 million in more than 4,000 tournaments. Some notable competitions are the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) , the ESL One, the BLAST Pro Series and DreamHack. The game did take its time to reach it high popularity level, yet at the same time has a bright future since organization and renowned celebrities are investing in the title.
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League of Legends (LoL)
League of Legends was not the first MOBA of the industry, but it is one of the most famous names. The title has had its fair share of success on Twitch. Riot Games, developer of the game, reached a billion views on its channel in 2018. In the competitive landscape, each region has two tournaments a year to select the teams competing in the most prestigious competition, the Worlds.It will be a cherished title for the industry since some of the most popular league have recently adopted a franchising model that has attracted renowned investors. Meanwhile the developers have also taken the responsibility of putting the athletes on contracts to secure their future in the game.
Epic Games’ Battle Royale is new to the market, but it succeeds in the genre. With more than $ 30 million in 327 tournaments, Fortnite is the fourth game to win the most in the esports. The main competitions are those promoted by the developer: the Summer and Fall Skirmish series and the Winter Royale.
The Blizzard game is one of the top names among card games. Hearthstone received competitive changes in 2019 with the introduction of the Hearthstone Masters . Players will face each other for 16 weeks and the best will play in the world final at the end of the year. In addition to the title, the prize will be US $ 500 thousand.