eSports games have become very popular these past few years, and it's been estimated that there are currently 250 million esports gamers.
The growth of esports has been consistent because new games are launched yearly. However, some games dominate the landscape, and they are more popular than the rest.
When it comes to the biggest esports games, it can mean different things to different gamers. Some are more popular around the world, while others are popular locally. Some games have more players, while others organize tournaments that give out massive cash prizes.
Popular Esports in 2021
Below are the biggest esports games according to the Esports Earnings website.
"Dota 2" was released in 2013, and the total prize money awarded was $224.7 million. It is the biggest cash prize given to an esports gamer.
The game is a very popular multiplayer battle arena esports game that Valve Corporation created. It is a sequel to "Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars." The game is very popular in Europe and North America.
A team consists of five gamers, with each one defending its territory. A team wins by successfully destroying the "Ancient," which is a structure within the other team's area.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
"Counter Strike: Global Offensive" was released in 2012, and the total prize money given was $96.5 million. This is another game created by Valve Corporation together with Hidden Path Entertainment.
The game is a first-person shooter, and it is the fourth version that was released in the "Counter-Strike" series. It is played between two teams: the terrorists and the counter-terrorists.
The terrorists take hostages and plant a bomb in the area, while the counter-terrorists have to save the hostages and successfully defuse the bomb before it goes off.
"Fortnite" was released in 2017, and the total prize money rewarded was $89.1 million. It is a multiplayer online game created by Epic Games. It is equipped with three different game modes, but they still count as one eSports, according to GamesRadar.
The first mode is called Save the World, and it involves four players that fight zombie-like creatures to defend themselves and protect other survivors.
The second mode is Battle Royale. It is a player-versus-player game wherein 100 players fight until one person is left. It can also be played in teams.
The third mode is called Creative, which is the sandbox mode where players can control the game world.
League of Legends
"League of Legends" was released in 2009 with total prize money of $75.5 million. It is a multiplayer action game created by Riot Games, and it is a very popular eSports game in Asia, according to TechinAsia.
Two teams play the game with up to 5 players each, and it is smaller than "Dota 2" when it comes to gameplay. A team wins by destroying Nexus within the base of the other team.
"StarCraft II" was released in 2010, and the biggest prize money that was rewarded to the tournament winners was $33 million.
Blizzard Entertainment created the game, and it is a sequel to "Starcraft." It is set in a science-fiction scenario wherein three different species are involved in the game. The three species are Terrans, Protoss, and Zerg.
The game is divided into three parts and two expansion packs, and the base game is called Wings of Liberty. The first part focuses on Terrans, who are humans, while the latter focuses on Zerg and Protoss.
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Written by Sophie Webster