In recent years, eSports have developed into a mass phenomenon. The trend of watching professional players instead of playing has taken hold. While the prize money and events held are increasing, the number of spectators is rising steadily. Dota 2’s “The International” event paid out more than 24 million euros in prize money and the LoL World Championship 2016 had a total of more than 43 million viewers. More and more, the virtual sport is finding its way to popularity and even well-known sports clubs are reacting and setting up eSports teams or signing up individual players.
Unlike timeless ball sports like football or tennis, computer games have a kind of natural lifespan. A PC game loses interest over time and it is hardly possible to prevent this. Adaptations and expansions extend the lifespan, but this process cannot continue forever. Developers are always releasing new game titles that have great potential in the world of eSports in the future.
eSports – Established Games
The oldest game and harbinger of eSports is Counter Strike. The shooter requires an understanding of the game as well as tactics and good reflexes. On one side is a so-called terror unit that tries to plant a bomb. The opponent is the anti-terrorist unit, who want to prevent this or have to defuse the bomb. Another way to win is to eliminate all opponents. In the meantime, Counter Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO for short) is played worldwide in e-sports.
The game with the most players worldwide is currently League of Legends (LoL). LoL is a MOBA, which means “Mobile Online Battle Arena”. On a strategic map, the player chooses one of over 100 characters with different abilities and functions to destroy the opponent’s base. Also in teams of five, the game is about tactics and team play, but also individual talent and reaction.
Similar to LoL is the game Dota 2, which is also a MOBA game and based on the same basic principle. For years, these two games have divided the fan camps. Only small game mechanics and the graphics distinguish the two games.
The strategy game Starcraft was developed by the US company Blizzard and has been a popular title since 1998. The classic belongs to the category of real-time strategy games and the player controls not only one character, but an entire army. In a futuristic world, you play one of the three available alien races, mine raw materials and train units to destroy the enemy. The game is all about tactics and strategy. All units have special abilities, strengths and weaknesses. Maintaining resource income is also important, as resources are not endlessly available.
Those who want to learn more about these game titles will find a lot of information at the betting base. On the one hand about Esports in general, but on the other hand also about the classic League of Legends!
In addition to these already successful eSports titles, there are also some new games that have gained in importance in recent months. MOBAs are particularly in demand, and more and more of them are appearing on the market. But first-person shooters have by no means disappeared from the scene either.
Heroes of the Storm
The North American company Blizzard is one of the most successful game developers of all time. In addition to classic games such as Starcraft and World of Warcraft, the card game Hearthstone also found great success. For a long time, Blizzard’s own MOBA was expected. In summer 2015, these expectations were fulfilled with the game HotS.
A very new game in eSports is the survival shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The brand new hit belongs to the “battle royale” games and comes from the same developer of the popular DayZ mod. The game’s peculiar name is also based on this, as the developer’s player name is Playerunknown. The game was only released on 23 March 2017 and already has a broad fan base.
Overwatch is another new game from Blizzard, which has been on the market since May 2016. With Overwatch, Blizzard created another universe for their game alongside Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft. The shooter received top ratings and was received with great interest by players.
Outlook & Conclusion
For the coming year, we expect the classics LoL, Dota 2 and CS:GO to stay on top in Esports. Especially with LoL, the viewer numbers have always increased in the past years. From 2018, however, major changes will take place in LoL eSports that may put off some fans.