The esports industry is booming and if we look back a decade ago, we can see how much it has grown and how much money is involved. For many, esports is a profession — a way to make a living and build a career.
The popularity of esports can largely be attributed to the underlying games that are the basis of the tournaments, leagues and world championship series. Some specific games carry the esports industry on their shoulders and are incredibly popular. We look at five of the top examples below:
Many sportsbooks, such as bet365 ポーカーボーナスコード, have esports betting sections. You can guarantee that League of Legends (LoL) has the most competitions, matches and bets available. It is hugely popular and arguably the most popular and celebrated competitive esports game of all time. The League of Legends World Championship is the main event for this game, and typically features multimillion-dollar prizes.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, despite being an incredibly old game, continues to be hugely popular and we doubt that this will ever change. It is regularly one of the top esports draws and there are some incredible CS:GO esports teams too. The emphasis on individual skill and teamwork in this first person shooter are what make it so fantastic to watch at a competitive level despite matchmaking issues and fairly dated graphics.
DOTA 2 remains one of the best MOBA games of all time and Valve has created a true gem. Originally released in 2013, this game is still a huge draw for competitive esports and has some of the most recognizable tournaments, such as the DOTA Pro Circuit and The International, which are globally renowned in the esports scene.
Valorant from Riot Games is a tactical first-person shooter and experienced a huge surge in popularity after its release in 2020. The game quickly became more popular than similar titles such as Apex Legends and Fortnite and has an especially competitive and active esports scene. Tournaments such as the Valorant Champions Tour are great to watch and are usually held in sold-out sports arenas.
We must admit we had never heard of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang until recently, but it is one of the most popular esports games in Asia and arguably the most popular mobile esports game of all time. This game is essentially League of Legends but on mobile and has similar gameplay where you must control map lanes using your summons and skills.
There are plenty of other games beside the above five that make waves in the competitive esports scene, including NBA2K, Street Fighter, Apex Legends, Fortnite, Tekken and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six. However, these five titles remain the true juggernauts of the esports scene and draw millions of viewers and offer huge prize pools for competitors year after year