Competitive playing of video games is nothing new. However, professional players earning a living by participating in global video game tournaments are becoming more common. The top players nowadays often make good money as the popularity of video game fans increases.
Aside from poker, slots, and other casino games, many people love to watch and bet on eSports, which has made the rise of the game as a professional venture possible. As with real sports, it is the public’s interest in the best competitors that drives the industry. What are the best video games played today and who are the leading players?
1. Dota 2
Dota 2 is a multiplayer fighting game released by Valve Corporation and the world’s leading eSports video game. Since its release in 2013, the prize money for the numerous tournaments has totaled more than $ 175 million. Almost 3,000 players have participated in professional Dota 2 tournaments. The International is the world’s leading Dota 2 competition.
2. Counter Strike: Global Offensive
The game, developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation, was released in 2012. Since then, nearly 4,000 professional tournaments have been held with a $ 1.5 million prize pool. All five of the best players are Danes, and Andreas Højsleth is the leader of all time. The 23-year-old has a career income of over $ 1.4 million. This title was voted eSports Game of the Year in 2016.
3. League of Legends
League of Legends is a multi-player video game in the Riot Games online arena. It has been around for a decade. Since then, over 2,200 professional tournaments have offered the opportunity to fight for cash prizes. Well over 6,000 players participated and won a total of $ 64 million. The League of Legends World Cup offers the biggest purse. All top players are Asians, many from South Korea.
4. StarCraft II
StarCraft II, subtitled Wings of Liberty, offers real-time strategy and action. The players participate since 2010 in professional tournaments. Since the release of the game, two expansion packages have been released. The WCS Global Finals offer the highest prices. Most of the top players, like Cho ‘Maru’ Sung Choo, are South Koreans. Joona Sotala and Alex Sunderhaft are the leading players outside the country, each from Finland and the US.
Fortnite is an incredibly popular free download game that has been the subject of nearly 200 professional tournaments since its release in 2017. Fortnite was developed by Epic Games and has about 1,500 professional players. Players playing Fortnite have won a total of $ 21 million. The leading players are all from the USA. Timothy Miller, known as Bizzle, has won the most with a $ 500,000 career win.
6. Heroes of the storm
Heroes of the Storm is yet another online multi-player combat video game that offers a large gaming arena. It was developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment and has seen around 450 professional eSports tournaments since its launch in 2015. Heroes of the Storm was played for a total prize fund of around $ 18 million, with some of the top tournaments offering purses up to a maximum of $ 1 million each. This game is really international. Top players come from South Korea as well as Sweden, Great Britain, France, the USA and Denmark. The leading professional is Lee Sake Jung Hyeog.
Hearthstone, another free video game, hit the market in 2014. It is based on popular card games and relies heavily on strategic gameplay approaches. The video game released by Blizzard Entertainment has so far been the subject of prize money totaling $ 15.5 million. With $ 1 million, BlizzCon 2016 was the biggest prize pool of all time, a sum won at the 2017 Hearthstone World Cup. Thijs Molendijk has won the most money from all professional Hearthstone players with a $ 418,000 career win.
ESports pros who play Counter-Strike have won over $ 12 million in prizes. Counter-Strike, a first-person shooter game, came out in 1999 and the brand was used again in new iterations. Professionals playing the original version of the game have to compete in teams of terrorist or anti-terrorist forces. All top players are Europeans.
Released in 2016 by Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch is another multi-player, team-based first person shooter game. The Overwatch League Season 1 playoffs were the largest in the history of the game, with a total prize pool of $ 1.7 million. Almost all top earners come from South Korea.
10. Battlegrounds by PlayerUnknown
The battlefields launched by PlayerUnknown in 2017 have the format “Battle Royale”. Over 1,300 professional players have participated in tournaments to win cash prizes. So far, nearly 9 million US dollars have been won. Yao ‘lionkk’ Hao is the highest earning. Like many leaders in the list of merits ever, he comes from China.