Esports tournaments, events and leagues

Distribution and access to the actual professional scene is a different matter entirely. Players need to have access to tools and resources to be able to make a living competing and working for an esports team or company. Consumers comprise a combination of teens and young adults, a demographic that has grown up with YouTube and free media and is likely unwilling to pay monthly subscriptions to watch a dedicated channel. As a result, most esports are live streamed on free platforms replete with advertisers who sponsor specific titles. In conjunction with this piece, make sure you check out all of the top esports games in 2020. ESPN reached out to Ezra “Samsora” Morris, Erin Ashley Simon, Amanda Stevens and Malik Forte to find out more about the issues that affect Black people in the esports and gaming industry and what teams and orgs can do to make it a more welcoming space.


Because competitors must be physically present, LANs help ensure fair play by allowing direct scrutiny of competitors. This helps prevent many forms of cheating, such as unauthorized hardware or software modding. The physical presence of competitors helps create a more social atmosphere at LAN events.

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As of now, the largest tournament on the continent is the Africa eSports Championship, which fielded competitive matches in FIFA19 and Tekken 7, both by “hands off” developers. The African esports market is also unique in that it is nationally organized, rather than developer organized. The AEC has more than 24 participating countries, each of which runs national leagues in various games. 2019 also saw the development of an African League of Legends tournament, the African Esports League, which is one of the only two League circuits not developed by Riot; the other is in India and run by Lenovo. The existence of this professional circuit suggests that although Riot has signed off on the AEL operating the circuit, Riot is not committed to supporting it just yet.

While it is common for video games to be designed with the experience of the player in game being the only priority, many successful esports games have been designed to be played professionally from the beginning. Developers may decide to add dedicated esports features, or even make design compromises to support high level competition. Games such as StarCraft II,[142] League of Legends,[143] and Dota 2[144] have all been designed, at least in part, to support professional competition. Because developers hold the sole intellectual property rights to their titles, they are also the sole entities that determine who has access to a game, and at what quality, making distribution and access also drastically different from traditional sports. A high latency, referred to as lag—the time between a user’s input and the command being read—renders esports unplayable.

DAMWON Gaming’s victory at the League of Legends World Championship marked the first time since 2017 that a South Korean team had lifted the Summoner’s Cup and was redemption for the country’s League of Legends esports. In addition to professional and amateur esports, esports have drawn attention of colleges and high schools since 2008. Esports organization Team Spirit has announced that they’ll be relocating from Russia to Serbia as a result of the current invasion of Ukraine.

However, since the Fortnite World Cup, Fortnite’s esports ecosystem has retreated somewhat, and it’s a little quieter out there today. It’s mind-blowingly popular, with millions of players, a huge social media presence, and an ecosystem that just refuses to quit. It has made many players multi-millionaires, edging out CSGO as the richest esports title in the world. PUBG is often considered to be the game that helped to kickstart the popularity of the battle royale genre. When it was released in 2017, it quickly became an overnight success, and within a short period of time, it spawned a popular and exhilarating esports scene. Today, PUBG esports are hosted on both mobile and PC platforms, and for this reason, we’re lumping both of those formats together.

If you want to customize your filter further, go in to the matchview and select teams or tournaments to favourite and they will appear above the filter. Whilst we all know that classic esports like League of Legends, CSGO and Dota 2 are undeniably the big hitters in the world of competitive gaming, it’s always interesting to see which newer titles are set to make a breakthrough. Like traditional sports teams, esports organisations are well known for changing their rosters. But we will keep you informed of when any potentially significant line-up changes could be happening to your favourite esports team. We all know how top esports teams like Unicorns of Love, Evil Geniuses and have made some big transfers over the years, and we’ll help you anticipate when an important move is about to be made.

As a result, none of the games are streamable via Riot’s platforms, nor will AEL teams be invited to compete in international tournaments like the Mid-Season Invitational or Worlds. The two games that emerged as the first real esports were Starcraft (1998)/Starcraft II (2010) and Defense of the Ancients 2 (2013), commonly known as DOTA 2, developed by Activision Blizzard and Valve Corporation respectively. DOTA 2 gave rise to a robust network of small-scale tournaments, which over time, evolved into massive, privately organized competitions.

In the past few years, we have seen the likes of Overwatch dramatically shake up the esports realm. Thanks to the expertise of Blizzard Entertainment, the Overwatch League and the Overwatch World Cup have set a new template for the way that we follow and enjoy competitive gaming. One example of this is popular Chinese League of Legends player Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao. In an interview, he explained that he has struggled chronically with shoulder and lower back issues from being forced to sit for seven or more hours a day to practice. Other players, like ex-Cloud9 player Hai “Hai” Du Lam, have already retired due to shoulder and wrist problems. Former Korean League of Legends player Heo “PawN” Won-seok was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder in 2018; he could not play the game unless his set up was arranged perfectly.

  • Large broadcasters have also invested heavily in the eSports industry, with U.S. sports broadcaster ESPN releasing its own eSports brand at the beginning of 2016 including its own awards and ceremony.
  • While there is no team promotion or relegation, players can be signed onto contracts, traded among teams, or let go as free agents, and new players may be pulled from the esports’ equivalent minor league.
  • That means leave the production standards, the marketing, the advertising, the performances, the analytics, the sportscasting, the camera crews, the ticketing office, the broadcast, and so much more.
  • It is unlikely that esports would move exclusively to paid-to-watch platforms because part of their appeal is the authentic, direct connection between players and their viewers.

Esports organization Hellraisers has released a statement saying they’ll be suspending operations for the duration of the current war in Ukraine. Former LCS bot laner Doublelift has called out LCS players for not using Champions Queue to the fullest. The LEC is bringing back the live audience for one series, as the competition moves closer to the Spring Split finals. There are several actions that could trigger this block including submitting a certain word or phrase, a SQL command or malformed data.