Overwatch is definitely going to continue growing in the eSport scene, with major investments by Blizzard who have created a league that stands out from the rest for that it has permanent franchises based in different cities allowing for the teams to more easily and effectively build a fanbase as fans can now support their local club and feel more connected to them. Despite the league, only being established a few years ago it is already in the top 10 eSport games in terms of earning at number 7.
Dota 2 is currently one of the most popular eSports game and the most lucrative one too, with prize money for all the games eSport competitions totalling at over $38 million in 2017 alone from just 158 tournaments and this massive prize pull is growing every year which is enticing more players to take up the game professionally and also legitimizing eSports with its earnings beginning to surpass those of other traditional sports.
League Of Legends
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League Of Legends is a close competitor to Dota 2 in that they are both games of the same genre but also that League Of Legends is also a massive eSports game, the prize money for League Of Legends eSports in 2017 was over $12 million with the game’s audience and eSport profitability growing at an astounding rate by the year, the game will without a dobut continue to dominate the eSport scene in 2018 and beyond for a long time to come.
CS:GO is a multiplayer first-person shooter which many people may not know is actually the second biggest eSport game in the world right now meaning that Valve the creators of Steam own the first and second highest earning eSport games in the world (Dota 2 and CS:GO). CSGO is exciting for people to watch for its fast-paced, unpredictable gameplay that also requires a lot of skill, there is also likely to be a new discipline in CS:GO eSports with a rumored Battle Royale mode similar to that in PUBG and Fortnite Battle Royale likely to be coming to the game.
Call Of Duty: WW2
Call Of Duty: WW2 did not have enough time to make an impact on the eSport scene in 2017 with the game being released in November just 2 months before the end of the year. However its predecessor Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare was the 5th biggest eSport games on earning and the game was just released for a year.
StarCraft is one of the many games on this list developed by Blizzard, StarCraft is a futuristic military science real-time strategy game whose predecessor StarCraft was first released for Windows in 1998 and the game continues to dominate the eSport scene. It is extremely popular in Asia in places such as South Korea, China, and Japan who are dominating StarCraft 2 and many other games on this list.
Heroes Of The Storm
Heroes Of The Storm is a multiplayer battle arena game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, the game is similar to Dota 2 and League of Legends and it features characters from many major Blizzard games such as Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, The Lost Vikings, and Overwatch. The game sees the player play close quarter 5vs5 combat in various game modes such as a single lane mode where there is just one lane and no objectives, a mutator mode which has unique mechanics that change every couple of days and an arena mode where the player chooses three random heroes and has to complete the objective and of course the ranked and unranked modes that come with most multiplayer games.
Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft
Hearthstone is card video game, and the most popular at that by a long way. The game is also developed by Blizzard who showed that there was appetite for a card video game and in many regards is better than play a card game in real life due to the random mechanics and unpredictability of the game which a real life card game can just never offer. Many of the Hearthstone cards are based on Warcroft characters and even features a legendary video game meme under the name of Leeroy Jenkins. The eSport earnings for Hearthstone in 2017 were $3.4 million.
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo 5: Guardians continues the legacy of Halo which dominated the gaming scene and the eSport scene in the early 2000’s, Halo 5: Guardians for 2017 was the 9th biggest game in the world based on earnings, with professional players for the game raking in $1.75 million just in 2017 with the top player known as Lethul taking in $175k in one year just from prize money.
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H1Z1 is battle royale style game that was previously known as H1Z1: King Of The Hill, the game works in an identical way to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale that you are dropped on to the massive map and you need to scavenge for weapons and health items while fighting or avoiding other players with a massive gas cloud closing down your accessible area. The game is currently the biggest Battle Royale eSport game with $1.5 million eSports earning however it continues to suffer from bugs and is far less popular compared to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale who both have plans to enter eSports.
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Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite
Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite is a fighting game that is a collab between Marvel and Capcom and features famous characters from both franchises such as Captain America, Thor and Spider-Man from Marvel and also X, Chun-Li and Dante from Capcom. The game has a lot of appeal due to the characters it has and it can very well be super successful when it enters the eSport scene in 2018, the game was released on September 19th 2017 so was not able to make an impact on the eSport scene that year, however, it has great potential. Afterall games such as Tekken and Street Fighter dominated the early eSports world when arcade games were still bigger than console games.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a multiplayer battle royale video game developed and published by the PUBG Corporation, the game was released as early access in March 2017 and it became an overnight success with the game officially being released in December 20th 2017. The game has sprung right to the top of Steam’s best selling and most popular video game rankings and continues to grow at an impressive rate with the game hitting 3 million players playing at the same time in December less than a year after its release which is amazing for an indie video game. PUBG Corporation the creators of the game, have big plans and have said that they want to branch out into eSports and even movies in the coming years with eSports likely being their first aim.
Fortnite Battle Royale
Fortnite Battle Royale is another Battle Royale video game that took the gaming scene by storm when it was released in September 2017 boosted by the game’s biggest selling point is that it is totally free which has allowed it to rack up over 40 million players in just a few months. The game also has unique features and mechanics that are not seen in PUBG or H1Z1, such as being able to build your own forts and the game stands out for its bright and animated art styles making the game much easier on the eye and fun to play. Due to its massive player base, any serious eSport venture would be a huge success.