There are new competitive video games being launched all the time, with upgrades to existing ones, as well as the release of new concepts. Esports is growing quite fast in popularity, raising the numbers of players, viewers, and streamers. It is a broad field, where hundreds of video games qualify to be categorized as eSports. However, some are more popular than others, and draw millions of online players at any given time. 2020 started as a big year for eSports, and the number of new betting sites UK is a testimony.
Top esports games for 2020
#1. Dota 2
Dota 2 was launched in 2013, growing to become one of the biggest esports games globally. It is a free-to-play multiplayer game that started off as a sequel to Defense of the Ancients, a Warcraft 3 mod. Currently, it records more than 10 million concurrent players, and at one time became the most streamed game on Twitch.
#2. Call of Duty
Call of Duty is arguably the most competitive gaming community game. It is an annual release coming as a multiplayer and single-player holiday shooter, with professional tournaments organized annually by Activision and a host of top brand sponsors. Its biggest tournament is the Call of Duty World League which takes place in 4 continents, Australia, Latin America, North America, and the UK.
It was initially released as a third person player-versus-environment multiplayer survival-crafting game in 2017 but has since relaunched as a player versus player gaming experience. The new concept Fortnite Battle Royale has eclipsed the original base game in terms of popularity. This esports gaming experience is one of the top few games not only in popularity but also in prize money, with more than $20 million handed out in 2019.
#4. League of Legends
In 2019, League of Legends handed out more than $8 million in prize money, making it easily one of the top brands in eSports. It is a favourite game for players looking for action-packed experiences. It combines elements of both First Person Shooter games and Role Playing games. This year, the LoL gaming scene is set to thrive with the professional competitions set for Europe and North America expected to attract massive numbers in both players and viewership. What has kept League of Legends so exciting over the years are the constant updates by Riot Games.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) was released as early access in 2017, launching later that year as a full retail release. It has grown to become one of the world’s most influential multiplayer online battles. The concept of 100 people battling each other on a large island, with the last man standing sub-genre drew a lot of popularity on its debut and has since been a positive influence on a variety of other esports and non esports games.
Other top esports games to look out for in 2020 include Overwatch, CS:GO, Starcraft II and Hearthstone. New games are expected to be released, which will certainly shake things a little bit of the esports gaming scene, but as of now, these are the games expected to take us to the next level.