eSports as a concept have been around for quite a few years now and they have been increasing in popularity and value every single year to date.
In 2018, eSports are bigger than ever, with more games available and teams and players competing than ever before.
Unlike regular video games where players are playing just for fun and leisure, eSports are true competitions of skill and wits, pitting the best players against each others and giving them a chance to win prestige, awards and lots of cash money for their victories.
To find out everything there is to know about eSports, you can visit eports.net and get a full rundown of all the competitions, players and teams involved with eSports, but for the time being, let us have a look at what the most popular eSports are in 2018 and which games you should look into playing if you are just getting into eSports as such.
Call of Duty
Easily one of the most popular gaming franchises ever, Call of Duty turned into an eSport at one point, after a long string of popular single and multiplayer games with CoD titles coming to market.
New Call of Duty game is released annually and currently there are competitions going on in several different Call of Duty games, all operating in a similar style and with the same basic engine.
Hundreds of CoD tournaments run yearly, major ones being sponsored by giants like Electronic Sports League and Major League Gaming, while the game’s top event of the year is the Call of Duty World League, which includes some of the best FPS players on the planet.
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Another extremely popular FPS eSport and the sequel to several other popular Counter Strike games, CS: GO definitely falls into the rank of the most popular games on the planet. Played on the PC, CS:GO is world famous and has thousands of professional teams on all continents.
Players looking to get into eSports may want to look into CS:GO but it is important to understand that the game is very competitive and there are lots of very strong players already out there, many of whom have already won their share of multi-million dollar prize pools in Major tournaments organized by Valve.
Aside from these, hundreds of other Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournaments are organized in all corners of the world, with Europe, America and Asia each having plenty of big tournaments with six figure payouts and tons of attendees at each, giving you plenty of chance to jump in at the lower levels.
Of course, like most eSports, you should probably start by playing online events and building your way up to the live events as you get better and find yourself a good team to play on.
Dota 2 and League of Legends
Two completely different yet very similar games, Dota 2 and League of Legends are both MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games where players compete in teams of five in a style similar to old fashioned RTS games like Warcraft from which the first Dota game was derived.
If you prefer playing map based games with lots of strategy over FPS games where precise aim and quick reflexes are more important, jumping on board one of these two games is probably a good idea.
Dota 2 and LoL are very similar in most aspects and while LoL is most popular in Asia, Dota 2 is dominated by teams from other continents which still include lots of Asian players. Nevertheless, the continent you live on should be no obstacle in which game you start playing, as both are completely available worldwide.
Dota 2 tournaments have been smashing all records, with The International breaking the $20 Million mark with prizes and becoming the biggest eSports tournament ever. On the other hand, LoL tournaments may be smaller in value but there are millions of people competing and watching LoL live streams via Twitch.tv.
Overwatch, Fortnite and Other Up comers
There are many other games that fall into the category of eSports, with Overwatch being another FPS that has entered the scene quite recently but has already become extremely popular both in terms of active players and tournaments being organized.
There are plenty of issues still around the Overwatch competitive scene, but it is believed that this fun and playful FPS game will become one of the more popular eSports out there.
Another game that has really been picking up steam lately is Fortnite, which is a very strange and quite different type of survival FPS but one that has become popular beyond any proportion in just months since its original release.
The list of games that are becoming real eSports is constantly growing and it is only a matter of day when the next major eSport will burst into the scene. Until then, feel free to check out the ones we have mentioned here and once new ones do come out, check them out and try to be among the first players to become good at it as that certainly does mean a lot in the long run.