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ESPORT EVENTS 2019

The eSport community is getting bigger and bigger and meanwhile eSport events have already been broadcasted on ProSieben (and not anymore on the division channel ProSieben MAXX) or Sport1 (Fifa). In Europe, eSport transmissions are becoming more and more popular, in Asia they are virtually part of everyday life. Especially in the homeland of eSports – South Korea – there are own channels that only broadcast eSport tournaments. If you want to know about current eSport events in 2019, or just want to know what an eSport event is, then this is the place for you.

WHAT IS AN ESPORT EVENT?

An eSport event is generally an event in which video games are played at the level of the competition. These tournaments and leagues are usually governed by strict rules and reward the winner with lavish cash prizes. The highest total prize money ever at an eSport event was over $ 25.5 million (TI8). Larger eSports tournaments are often held in stadiums or multi-purpose halls. The best example of this is the KeyArena in Seattle, former venue of The International – the largest eSport event in the world.

Some video games have built up a surprisingly large eSport community over time. This not only means gamers gambling in front of the computer or console, but also viewers watching professional games through live streams or recordings. Once you’re familiar with the games, the fascination with the performance of the pros slowly begins. Just as some are thrilled at Lionel Messi’s dribbling, or Gareth Bale’s free-kick, eSports fans are mesmerized by the lightning fast reactions and the indescribably good decisions that an eSport professional brings to the screen.

BUILDING AN ESPORT EVENT

Characteristic of an eSport event are player boxes, screens and shoutcasters (commentators). All around, the audience is sitting with gazes and movie screens. Similar to other sports is the tournament format, which usually consists of a group phase and a knockout stage. Which teams or players are invited to an eSport event lies entirely with the organizer. Sometimes teams are invited directly and another time they have to secure their tournament place only by a qualification. In most cases it is a combination of the two options – the better teams are invited directly, others need to qualify. An eSport event is financed by the game producers themselves, sponsors and crowdfunding. The biggest sums of money over all eSports games are sure to come from sponsors. The most common sponsors are various hardware manufacturers, transmission platforms and eSport bookmakers.

Pinnacle Sports was not only the first bookmaker to offer eSports betting but also the first to organize and sponsor an eSport event. On the other hand, VALVE has managed to raise its prize money, without any sponsors, with crowdfunding. By selling in-game items and skins for the tournament, the basic prize money could be increased from 1.6 million to 25.5 million dollars – thanks to the community!

WHAT GAMES ARE PLAYED?

At eSport events well-balanced, often very strategic games are played, which usually require very good team coordination and communication. Well balanced means that in the game itself no overpowering characters, heroes or races are programmed into it, but everything has its advantages and disadvantages and teams have to think well how they act. Many game manufacturers are trying to match riot games and are eager to get their games on a competitive course. Really this is only 5 eSport titles so far.

DOTA 2

The computer game created by VALVE is extremely complex, strategic and very balanced. VALVE makes every effort to maintain this through updates. Teams are always coming up with new strategies and making sure that the Dota 2 fans never get bored and never dominate the same team for very long periods of time. Dota 2 holds the $ 25.5 million record for the highest prize money ever in an eSport event.

Recently, Dota finished 2 tournaments:

  • DreamLeague Season 11
  • StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor
  • ESL One Katowice
  • MDL Macau
  • The Chongqing Major
  • The Bucharest Minor
  • One Hamburg
  • Dota 2 PVP Esports Championship
  • The International 2018
  • The Kuala Lumpur Major.

With League of Legends, Riot Games has redefined the eSports scene. Very early on, the game maker started organizing leagues and tournaments professionally and well structured. LoL and Dota 2 are very similar in gameplay. That’s because Riot Games’ top title is inspired by the Dota 2 predecessor DotA Allstars. With 64 million unique players per month, League of Legends is undoubtedly the largest community eSports game.

Past LoL tournaments:

  • LoL All Star 2018
  • League of Legends Weltmeisterschaft 2018
  • LoL EU Masters
  • EU LCS Summer 2018
  • NA LCS Summer 2018
  • LCK Summer 2018
  • NA Academy League Summer
  • Rift Rivals 2018
  • Mid-Season Invitational.

Counter Strike is the video game with probably the longest eSport history. The first Counter Strike version was released back in 1999 and got better graphics and more realistic physics in 2012 with CS: GO. The first-person shooter enjoys around 6 million players a month.

Past CS: GO Events:

  • StarSeries iLeague Season 7
  • United Masters League S1 Finals
  • Blast Pro Series Sao Paulo
  • WESG
  • IEM Katowice Major
  • ELEAGUE Invitational 2019
  • iBUYPOWER Masters IV
  • Blast Pro Series Lisbon
  • PLG Grand Slam 2018
  • Finale ESL Pro League Season 8
  • SuperNova Malta
  • DreamHack Winter
  • Toyota Master CSGO Bangkok
  • DreamHack Atlanta
  • IEM Chicago
  • CS Summit 3
  • BPS Copenhagen
  • EPICENTER 2018
  • StarSeries iLeague CSGO
  • ESL One New York
  • Blast Pro Series Istanbul
  • FACEIT Major London 2018
  • DreamHack Montreal
  • DreamHack Masters Stockholm
  • Zotac Cup Masters 2018
  • IEM Shanghai Season XIII
  • ELEAGUE CSGO Premier Atlanta
  • DreamHack Valencia
  • ESL One Köln
  • DreamHack Summer
  • ESL One Belo Horizonte
  • CAC 2018
  • DreamHack Austin
  • ESL Pro League Season 7
  • DreamHack Tours
  • Intel Extreme Masters Sydney Season XIII
  • DreamHack Masters Marseille
  • Copenhagen Games 2018
  • V4 Future Sports Festival Budapest
  • IEM Katowice – World Championships 2018
  • CSGO Eleague Major

Hearthstone

Hearthstone is similar to the cult card game Magic, but brings the game to a digital level. Game and opponents are thus available faster and make Hearthstone the most popular card game in the world. Despite its high complexity, Hearthstone is very popular because it does not require quick reactions or perfect eye-to-hand coordination. The eSports scene is still relatively small but, like the community, is growing steadily.

Past Hearthstone Tournaments:

  • HCT Winter 2019
  • Hearthstone Global Games 2018
  • Hearthstone Trinity Series Season 2
  • HCT Summer
  • HCT Spring
  • STARCRAFT 2.

Starcraft 2 is the eSport title with the smallest community, but at the same time probably the most faithful. The strategy game from Blizzard excites with its campaign mode players from all regions of the world.

Past Starcraft 2 Tournaments:

  • WCS 2016 Global Playoffs
  • World Electronic Sport Games 16
  • IEM Season 11 – Shanghai

OVERWATCH

The tournament scene in Overwatch is getting bigger and bigger. Especially in the Asian area, most events take place, Blizzard tries to put the game as well as possible in scene. At the Premier Events, the prize money can exceed $ 250,000. With the Overwatch League Blizzard has launched its own league, in which the prize money is even 3 million US dollars.

Past Esports Events:

  • Overwatch World Championship
  • Overwatch League
  • Pacific Championship Season 2
  • Overwatch apex

ROCKET LEAGUE

With Rocket League, 2017 has set a new game in the most popular eSports titles. The Autoball game is played either 1v1 or in teams of 2 or 3, the bookmakers also offer odds. These tournaments are already over:

  • DreamHack Pro Circuit Leipzig
  • Gfinity Elite Series S4
  • E-LEAGUE Cup Rocket League
  • Universal Open Season 2 Finale
  • Rocket League Northern Arena Invitational 2
  • Rocket League Championship Series Season 5 Finals
  • DreamHack Open 2018

PLAYER UNKNOWNS BATTLEGROUNDS

The 3rd person shooter is probably the fastest growing eSports game in 2018. Currently, the game and the clan scene is still in the development phase, nevertheless, invitational events were already held, which was about a lot of coal. Here is a list of all events:

  • GLL Season 3
  • Broadcaster Royale II
  • PGL PUBG case Invitational
  • PUBG Starseries i-League Season 2
  • Hong Kong World Invitational
  • PUBG Global Invitational Berlin 2018
  • DreamHack PUBG Showdown Austin
  • PUBG Stream.me Invitational
  • PGL PUBG Spring Invitational
  • PUBG Invitational IEM Katowice
  • PUBG Invitational IEM Oakland
  • Fortnite

The Battle Royale Game will reach unknown heights in 2019. Epicgames has announced $ 100 million in prize money for the current year, with most of them winning the Fortnite World Cup.