Competitive gaming has been one of the fastest growing industries in the world for years and more and more people are getting involved nowadays. But… if you’re unfamiliar with the concept but interested, which ones are the best to watch and possibly even play?
If you’re unaware of what an “e-sport” is, it’s a form of competition using competitive video games (typically in a team form) with prize pools, and the system is a very similar way to regular sports such as football. All players in these team/organisations are usually professional gamers.
Competitive video gaming has been around since online gaming began but this is when the term “e-sport” wasn’t a thing and gaming wasn’t considered a profession. That was the case until the late 2000s when competitive video gaming sky rocketed in popularity. Today, in 2019, competitive video gaming (e-sports) is a massive part of the whole video-game industry and still growing with more people watching, mainstream media getting involved and game developers making more of these competitive types of games.
So, which are the best e-sports to watch and play?
5. Rainbow Six Siege
Despite Rainbow Six Siege’s shaky start, the latest game based from Tom Clancy’s books has grown into a major e-sport averaging around 76,000 concurrent players as well as a viewership of up to 250,000 people watching the Six Major Paris final.
Rainbow Six Siege is the first out of the series to be a multiplayer game. The game is a first-person-shooter aka an ‘FPS’ game. The main strategy of the game is a team of five against another team of five trying to defend or attack an objective; Bomb, Hostage or Secure Area. The players have a limited time to “attack” or “defend” the objective and the winner is the one who ends up with the most points. The attackers win points by either defusing one of the bombs, recusing the hostage or secure area and holding for 10 seconds consecutively.
TheRussianBadger gives a slightly more in-depth tutorial on the basics of the game to hopefully get you hooked onto the game.
If you’re interested, please check out this video uploaded by Rainbow Six E-sports of the Six Major Paris Grand Final.
Overwatch, released in 24 May 2016 became one of the biggest competitive games of the year, hitting 30 million total players on its first year of release. As of May 2018, the player count has hit an outstanding 40 million players.
Overwatch is a First-Person Shooter. It is based of off a 6-man team based environment, you and your team can choose and control a choice of several “heroes” which have different abilities and playstyles battling over the objective, kill the other team and try to win.
Curse Entertainment has a good explanation of the basics of the game, so if you’re interested, you can check it out below!
Check out the video below if you want to see some of the best moments from the Grand Finals uploaded by Overwatch Pro Spotlight.
3. League of Legends
League of Legends is one of the biggest played e-sports in the world with a player-base of a total of over 100 million players (as of 2018). In 2018, the League of Legends world championships hit a whopping 74.3 unique viewers making it the most viewed e-sports event of the year.
Unlike Overwatch and Rainbow Six, League of Legends is a Multiplayer online battle arena game (MOBA). League of Legends combines the Real-time Strategy and Role-Playing game concepts into one game. Two teams go head to head in a battle arena where they can choose different champions which have different abilities and playstyles, each hero can be improved as the game goes on. The winning team is the first team to complete the objective depending on the game type.
The official League of Legends YouTube channel uploaded a video on what League of Legends is and what it’s about if you want to learn more.
If you want to see what professional League of Legends looks like then check out LoL E-sports' video below!
2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
CS:GO is one the leading competitive first person shooter in the world today. The counterstrike franchise was released back in 1999 and 20 years later, it is still loved and known as one of the best competitive first person shooters. Today, CS:GO is lying at a impressive ~400,000 concurrent players. The eLeague 2018 Boston final was one the most exciting and hyped up matches of all time hitting a peak of over 1.8 million viewers.
Counter Strike follows a fairly simple concept, it’s a team based game of 5 players in each team, one being the Terrorists and the other being the Counter-Terrorists. The terrorists either have to eliminate the other team or plant and detonate the bomb on one of the bomb sites. The Counter-Terrorists have to either eliminate the other team while holding each bomb site or defuse the planted bomb. You are given limited time so if the time runs out, the Counter-terrorists win
The eLeague Boston 2018 major final was one of the most exciting games of Counter Strike's history. The video was uploaded by Cloud9 VODs, check it out below!
1. Defence of the Ancients 2
Known as one the the most complex e-sports out there, DotA 2 is averaging at around 550,000 concurrent players and some of the largest prize pools of e-sports, racking up to an insane $25 million prize pool, DotA 2 is probably the best and most rewarding e-sport to play and watch.
DotA 2 is an Action Real-time Strategy game. It is based off of two 5 player based teams; Radiant and Dire. Each player has their own hero which has their unique ability and characteristics which can be improved as the game goes on. The winning team has to complete the objective; destroy the ancient in the enemies stronghold.
If you want to know more about DotA 2, then check out this video uploaded by UnstableVoltage.
If you want to watch a professional DotA 2 match, DotA 2 Daily, claims it was the “best match ever!”
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