E-sports have been on a constant rise in popularity for the last decade, and judging by the interest for this branch, it is hardly going to go down in numbers. It doesn’t matter if you want to join the action for just a couple of hours and watch action-packed games played between world’s top professional players, or simply follow your favorite team advance in the whole tournament. You are still considered as an esports fan. Here are some of the most interesting events throughout the year as sourced by Casino Biggest Bonus.
DOTA 2 – The International
DOTA 2 belongs to the type of games called MOBA – Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. It is one of the most popular video games in the world at the moment, and this tournament brings so much audience to live streaming platforms. The International is held only once per year, which makes way more exclusive in comparison to some other top tier games.
It always starts in the last third of the year, and this time, it is going to have the biggest prize pool in e-sport history. This time it has already surpassed $30 million, with plenty of time to get up to $35 million. It is going to be held from 15th to 20th August in China, Shanghai’s Mercedes Benz Arena. The current reigning champions are team OG, but judging by the odds, they will have a very slim chance to defend the title. Not a single DOTA 2 professional player has won The International two times so far.
Counter-Strike Global Offensive – The 2nd Major
The most popular first-person shooter games Counter-Strike Global Offensive has a lot of tournaments throughout the year. The Majors though are held only two times annually. The creators of this game are the same guys who own DOTA 2 franchise, Valve Corporation.
Many experts will agree that CS GO Major is the most prestigious tournament, as all game’s stars gather to see who is in the best shape. The prize money is not even close to the International, but it has its feeling of uniqueness and charisma. A majority of the prize money is secured by Valve.
The previous edition of Counter-Strike Global Offensive Major took place at the Intel Extreme Masters XIII with the team Astralis (coming from Denmark) winning the first position and got to split the $500,000 prize pool! Imagine winning so much money by simply playing your favorite video game!
It’s far from being an easy thing to do. Esports players are also considered as athletes with contracts and heavy training, so never underestimate the work these guys put into their favorite game. This tournament is going to be held in Berlin, Germany and will feature 24 squads coming from all parts of the world.
World Cup Overwatch
As we patiently wait for this year’s Blizzcon and new announcements (potentially Overwatch 2), the biggest tournament of the 2nd part of 2019 is going to be the Overwatch World Cup. This one is going to include the same teams and players coming from the popular Overwatch League. The thing is those athletes are going to compete under their national flags, not team banners.
This competition has been dominated by South Korea in the past, and we are going to see if anyone could bring down the Asian champions this time. It is fair to say that none of the participants is here for the money, but glory. All of the national teams that take place in this event will win the same amount of money, $16,000, so it is far to say this is just a great chance to have fun and raise the popularity of Blizzard’s Entertainment game.
Call of Duty World League
Unlike their competition which enjoys setting up big tournaments for first-person shooter games, Activision has opted-in for the slightly different approach. They have launched a league for the popular Call of Duty franchise, and soon we are going to see the fourth season kick-off. All of the matches are played on the Play Station 4 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Sixteen teams are battling for the big prize.
All squads have five players on the field with a simple goal to eliminate the opposition. The finals of the league are scheduled for the second half of August 2019. The game modes used for this event are going to be Hardpoint, Control game and Search & Destroy.