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With global revenues soaring above the billion-dollar mark in 2019, it’s safe to say that the esports industry is currently booming. Millions of viewers across the world are tuning in to witness both amateurs and professionals battle it out for supremacy in various online video games. But what sort of role do women play in such a male-dominated arena? The following guide will not only uncover the obstacles faced by female gamers in general but also reveal the massive potential of women to drive the esports industry into an even higher level of profitability and popularity.
Female involvement within esports is on the rise, with a 2019 report claiming that 35% of gamers playing on a PC or console were women. The world of competitive gaming is certainly making strides to encourage more young girls and women to get involved.
Despite this positive trend, the majority of female gamers still face prejudice and harassment on a daily basis. Even the esports elite are subject to streams of abuse, generally from fans, but also from other players and coaches too. Unfortunately, insults are commonplace within online gaming platforms, irrespective of gender. Yet, it is much more common for women to mute their microphones for fear of a backlash, or at least until they have ‘proven’ themselves to their male counterparts. And even then, the level of toxicity within the playing field can remain, and in many cases, result in the departure of women from the industry as a whole. The following case highlights the dramatic impact of such relentless hostility.
Maria Creveling, known predominantly as Remilia, was the first woman to compete at the highest level in the hugely popular League of Legends Championship Series. Arguably the biggest game on the esports market, League of Legends continues to outperform its rivals in terms of audience, with the game’s 2020 World tournament attracting more than 3.8 million spectators. Hence, Maria’s involvement created plenty of commotion across the community.
However, her breakthrough was not quite the inspiration many fans had hoped for. As soon as she stepped onto the scene, Remilia was inundated with torrential abuse. Not just for being a woman, but also for being transgender, on the basis of her appearance, her abilities, practically every aspect of her being was inspected and criticized with reckless abandon. Needless to say, Creveling withdrew from her team’s roster after only a few weeks into the season, citing the adverse effect of the abuse on her mental health.
Aside from putting up with such habitual mistreatment, women within the game have also been subject to unfair allegations. Kim Se-Yeon, aka Geguri, received worldwide attention in 2016 due to accusations of cheating in an Overwatch tournament. Three professional players and their coach filed the allegations after claiming that 16-year-old Geguri’s performance was simply “too good,” specifically the young Korean’s exceptional aim.
Fortunately, an investigation proved her innocence, and, unfazed, Geguri went on to become the first female player in the Overwatch League, joining the Shanghai Dragons and was named one of Time magazine’s 2019 Next Generation Leaders.
Regardless of these obstacles, statistics show that female participation is growing year after year, and, just like Geguri, there are many more role models for young gamers to look up to. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a handful of the best female esports professionals in the business.
1. Sasha Hostyn
Adopting the username Scarlett and currently playing without a team, Sasha Hostyn is renowned as the highest-earning woman in esports gaming. With a career spanning almost a decade, this Canadian powerhouse has a string of accolades under her belt, with her most significant achievement taking place at the Intel Extreme Masters in PyeongChang, 2018. As the only female to qualify for the event, Scarlett edged out favorites to secure the crown, becoming the first woman in history to win a major StarCraft II tournament.
2. Li Xiaomeng
China’s Li Xiaomeng, known on the scene as Liooon, has set similar precedents in the quick-fire card game of Hearthstone. In California 2019, Liooon thrashed her opponent 3-0 in the Hearthstone Grandmasters Global Finals, becoming not only the first woman to win the competition but also the first female to hold any BlizzCon title, netting her a cool $200,000 in the process. Her acceptance speech at the event offered plenty of encouragement for female fans seeking inspiration in a field dominated by men.
3. Katherine Gunn
American professional gamer Kat Gunn, or Mystik, was once the highest-paid female in the division until Scarlett came along and toppled her throne. And that in spite of the fact that she has participated in relatively few tournaments. Her fame was established during her involvement in the second and final season of the reality TV show, WCG Ultimate Gamer, in 2010. Gunn went on to win the competition playing Halo: Reach, which secured a prize jackpot of $100,000 and a spot in the female esports hall of fame.
4. Rumay Wang
Placed in the top five of esports’ highest earners, Rumay Wang has several gaming fortes, including World of Warcraft, Bloodline Champions, Hearthstone, and Legends of Runeterra. This US professional, who plays under the pseudonym Hafu for G2 Esports, has racked up the most prize money, however, from her skills in the auto battler title, Teamfight Tactics. Hafu is also popular on Twitch and has spoken out about the harassment rife on such forums and across the industry as a whole.
5. Imane Anys
Known online as Pokimane, Imane Anys is the most popular female streamer on Twitch, with over 6.5 million followers. Her rise to stardom began with Pokimane’s unique gameplay in Fortnite and League of Legends, which has landed the Canadian Moroccan gamer some sizeable winnings. Aside from Twitch, Pokimane also draws in the masses as a content creator on other hit platforms, such as YouTube and TikTok, and is a member of the Offline TV collaboration.
Are Twitch Babes Harming Women in Esports?
So-called Twitch Babes represent a collection of women who combine video gaming with scantily clad outfits and overt sexual behavior. Some may view this as harmful to female gamers who want to be taken seriously. Yet, in essence, these women have the right to do whatever they want, within the rules of the platform, without reproach, particularly from men, and their actions should have no bearing on professional female gamers and the respect they deserve.
Women Only Esports Teams and Leagues
The draw of playing as part of a female team or participating in women-only tournaments is obvious, as women gamers are then free to go about their business in a much more welcoming environment. Introducing such leagues and events encourages more young women to take part in a setting where confidence is nurtured, and skills are cultivated without any hint of sexism or hostility.
Arguably the scene’s most triumphant team at the moment is Dignitas, an American female squad that has several impressive accolades in their locker, including 1st place at Intel Challenge Katowice (2018 and 2019) and 1st place at the Girl Gamer Esports Festival (2017 and 2018), with Dignitas securing 2nd place at the latter’s 2020 edition.
Tournaments created purely for women have proven hugely successful in the past couple of years. One of the most prestigious events, the Intel Challenge, established a $50,000 prize pool for the 2019 IEM Katowice, although this long-running Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event was inexplicably removed from the agenda in 2020.
Dreamhack upped the game in July 2019 by creating a CS: GO all-girl showdown with a prize pool double that of IEM. Despite this step in the right direction in terms of monetary value, the tournament once again fuelled sexism by oddly titling the jackpot as a ‘$100,000 prize purse’.
As valuable as these types of competitions are right now, they should not be necessary, and the hope is that in the future, the parity between male and female gamers will reach a level where women-only events no longer need to exist.
With the gaming industry hitting new heights, particularly in the primarily locked down year of 2020, it’s up to everyone involved in the community to make esports inclusive. In perhaps the only sport where men and women can compete on an even playing field, recruiting more female gamers can only bring added value to the entire scene. But it’s up to businesses and organizers to create competitions free from abuse. It’s up to male players to take a stand and shut down bullying when they hear it, and it’s up to women to rise above current hurdles and strive for an esports future in which gender no longer plays a role.
Team Fnatic is a multi-division professional sports organization. It is one of the most dominant eSports teams today. The outfit that won the first LoL World Championship and held the record for the most LoL Championship Series Split titles in the LEC, until G2 Esports outranked them by winning their eighth title at the 2020 LEC Summer Split.
History and Ownership
Team Fnatic was established on 23 July 2004 by Sam Mathews, a prominent Aussie e-sports entrepreneur, and his mother, Ann Mathews. Today, Sam Mathews is the board chairman, while Wouter Sleijffers is the CEO, who replaced Anne Mathews in 2015. The Chief Gaming Officer is Patrik “cArn” Sättermon, a former Fnatic CS: GO player, a role he has held since 2012.
The eSports brand is among the fastest rising brands of the last decade. While it started in London, the UK, its current headquarters, Team Fnatic, has expanded to other countries, for example, Germany, India, Taiwan, Malaysia, Belgrade, China, and Korea.
Besides eSports, Team Fnatic has interests in the retail industry with their line of Fnatic Gear, produced by FUNC, a merchandise brand acquired by the team in 2015. The brand also runs a retail concept store dubbed BUNKR.
Is Team Fnatic Profitable?
Team Fnatic started as a small eSports brand, but their diversified business model has helped the League of Legends heavyweights to scale greater heights. According to Forbes, Team Fnatic’s value is around US$120 million, while the estimated revenues are around US$16 million.
Team Fnatic Sponsorships
When it comes to sponsorships, Team Fnatic works with several global brands. Their list of partners includes Monster Energy, BMW, Hisense, AMD, OnePlus, Quersus, Newzoo, Strafe, and Twitch.
Team Fnatic eSports Teams and Rosters
One of the reasons for the success of Team Fnatic is dynamism. The company has been keen on venturing into as many eSports as possible, even though much of the focus is on Dota 2, LoL, and CS: GO. Today, the brand has rosters in 7 eSports.
Team Fnatic League of Legends
Team Fnatic ventured into LoL in 2011, after the acquisition of myRevenge’s roster. The team won the first-ever LoL Worlds and boasts 1 World Championship title and 7 League of Legends European Championship (LEC) titles. Today, Team Fnatic has two LoL teams; Team Fnatic League of Legends and Team Fnatic League of Legends (UK). The current main team roster includes Gabriël Rau (Bwipo), Oskar Boderek (Selfmade), Yasin Dinçer (Nisqy), Elias Lipp (Upset), and Zdravets Galabov (Hylissang).
Team Fnatic Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Team Fnatic fielded its first CS: GO team in 2004. It’s currently one of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams and boasts 3 Global Offensive Majors and several other titles. The current Team Fnatic Global Offensive roster includes Freddy Johansson (Krimz), Jesper Wecksell (JW), Ludvig Brolin (Brollan), Robin Ronnquist (flusha), and Maikil Selim (Golden).
Team Fnatic Dota 2
In 2012, Team Fnatic’s Heroes of Newerth team switched to Dota 2. The team was disbanded in 2014 before making a comeback in 2015, after the acquisition of the Team Malaysia roster. The current Team Fnatic Dota 2 team roster features Kam Boon Seng (Moon), Djardel Mampusti (DJ), Anucha Jiwarong (Jabz), Lee Jeong-Jae (SunBhie), and Marc Polo Luis Fausto (Raven).
Team Fnatic Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Team Fnatic joined Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege eSports in 2018. The team has won several Rainbow Six tournaments, including Pro League Season 11 ANZ, Pro League Season 9 APAC Finals, Pro League Season 7 APAC Finals, and Six Masters 2019. The Team Fnatic Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege team roster comprises Etienne Rousseau (Mag), Jason Chen (Lusty), Matthew McHenry (Acez), Patrick Fan (MentalistC), Riley Mills (Stigs), and Tex Thompson (Tex).
Besides Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Dota 2, League of Legends, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Team Fnatic participates in 3 other divisions; FIFA, Fortnite Battle Royale, and PUBG Mobile.
Team Fnatic Achievements and Milestones
Team Fnatic may not be the most successful team in eSports’ history, but raking in over 200 championships across 30 divisions is not an easy feat.
The biggest achievements have been in League of Legends. One of the remarkable moments was at the 2015 EU LCS Summer Split, where Team Fnatic became the first LCS team to complete a split undefeated. The 3 Global Offensive Majors are also worth mentioning. Team Fnatic has also achieved great success in Rainbow Six and PUBG Mobile. In Dota 2, the team has failed to win any major honors. The best performance was at The International 2016, when they finished 4th.
Team Fnatic has a solid fan base and boasts over 15m fans across all their social media platforms. One thing that makes the brand thrive is the company’s focus on producing content for fans. Team Fnatic promised that their content creators would create over 100 million hours of quality content. The ‘Fnatic Gear’ consumer products have also propelled the brand.
In December 2020, the company revealed that it was giving fans the chance to own part of the brand. So far, over 3,000 fans have signed up for the fan ownership program, pledging more than £1.5 million combined.
Team Liquid is a household name in the eSports scene. The professional eSports organization features in almost all of the top eSports competitions and tournaments. It runs one of the most popular StarCraft-related websites.
History and Ownership
Team Liquid was started in 2000 by Victor Goossens, who is the current co-CEO. He is in charge along with Steve Arhancet, also co-CEO, who joined Team Liquid in 2011 after merging Team Curse, a prominent North American eSports organization with Team Liquid.
In 2016, Team Liquid was acquired by aXiomatic, an entertainment and sports management conglomerate backed up by former NBA star Magic Johnson and several business moguls, including Peter Guber, Steve Case, Eric Lefkofsky, and Tony Robbins.
Team Liquid Sponsorships and Partners
Today, Team Liquid is the world’s premier eSports brand that has attracted lucrative sponsorships from top companies such as Alienware, Honda, HyperX, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Marvel Entertainment, Monster Energy, Twitch, and Secretlab, just to mention a few.
Is Team Liquid Profitable?
As of 2019, Team Liquid was the highest overall earner, raking in a whopping US$35 million from 1847 tournaments. It was also ranked as the second most valuable eSports team by Forbes, with a $467 million value.
The players on Team Liquid’s roster are also among the highest-paid in the eSports industry. As of November 2020, the average pay for Team Liquid’s job category in Salinas was $50,494 annually, while ZipRecruiter reports salaries ranging from $17,421 to $124,509.
Team Liquid eSports Teams and Rosters
While Team Liquid started as a StarCraft team, today, the 2019 eSports Organization of the Year award winner features in all the top eSports. As of December 2020, Team Liquid has rosters for 18 eSports.
Team Liquid CS: GO
While the California-based eSports team is prominent in most of these eSports, the exploits of the Team Liquid CS: GO team are commendable. According to trusted sources, Team Liquid scooped 50.18% of the total prize pool in all 2019’s CS: GO’s competitions and tournaments. The current Team Liquid CS: GO roster includes Russel David Van Dulken (Twistzz), one of the most decorated riflers in the first-person shooter video game, and Jacky “Jake” Yip (Stewie2K).
Team Liquid League of Legends
Even though Team Liquid’s fortunes have been in CS: GO, its fan base is centered on League of Legends. The team has had successes in most League of Legends eSports competitions and tournaments. Still, things have been going south the past few years. Team Liquid got eliminated from the recently concluded 2020 World Championship in the group stage for the third year in a row. But with the addition of Santorin and Alphari, two of the most promising LoL pro-gamers, to the roster, fans should expect Team Liquid to reclaim their lost glory.
Team Liquid Dota 2
Team Liquid has also dominated Dota 2 eSports, but unfortunately, after a successful run at The International 7 and TI9 in 2019, the team was disbanded. But it was quickly rebuilt, and today, the roster that includes Maximilian Bröcker, Samuel Svahn, Tommy Le, Aydin Sarkohi, William Lee, and Michael Vu were crowned the Dota 2 ESL One Germany 2020 Champions.
Team Liquid Valorant
Valorant is the next big thing in eSports, and that’s why Team Liquid has moved with pace to create a roster for the free-to-play tactical first-person shooter game. The team includes Adam Eccles, Connor Blomfield, Adil Benriltom, James Affleck, and Dom Sulca. It is expected to participate in all the top Valorant tournaments.
The organization also has rosters for Apex Legends, Artifact, Clash Royale, Fortnite, Hearthstone, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Quake Champions, Rocket League, StarCraft II, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Tekken, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.
Achievements and Milestones
Team Liquid is arguably the best team in eSports’ history and the most successful for that matter.
The most remarkable achievements include the Team Liquid European Dota 2 squad’s win at The International 2017 (T17), which attracted one of the largest prize pools in eSports history. The League of Legends team also boasts four LCS titles, while the CS: GO team is a recipient of the prestigious Intel Grand Slam prize.
Alienware Training Facility
One of the reasons for the success of Team Liquid is an investment in state-of-the-art training facilities.
The construction of the Alienware Training Facility in Los Angeles was completed in 2017. The 8,000-square-feet facility is the team’s headquarters and houses the CS: GO and League of Legends teams. There is also the new Alienware Training Facility in Utrecht, The Netherlands, which serves as the team’s European headquarters.
Liquid+ Fan Engagement Platform
In August 2020, Team Liquid unveiled Liquid+, a fan engagement platform that aims at rewarding fans for their engagement. The aim is to appreciate the over 28 million social media followers who will connect to Liquid+ by linking their Twitch, Twitter, Discord, or Reddit accounts.
Liquid+ is currently accessible via an internet browser, but plans for a mobile app are underway. According to the co-CEO, Steve Arhancet, the Liquid+ mobile app will be available in 2021.
Despite the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, 2020 has been an exceptional year for the eSports industry. While some eSports tournaments and competitions were canceled, at least most of the top matches went on as planned.
Now that the year is coming to an end, the focus is on 2021. What are some of the biggest competitions coming in 2021? Just like 2020, there are plenty of eSports competitions and tournaments lined up for gamers in 2021. Below is a round-up of the best eSports events to watch out for in 2021.
1. Call of Duty League Championship 2021
This is among the most anticipated eSports events, and as announced at the end of the 2020 season, it will switch back to a 4v4 format. That means franchisees have to drop a player from their rosters. Just like the 2020 season, only twelve teams will participate.
The current winners, Dallas Empire, will be looking forward to retaining the title but will face stiff competition from Atlanta FaZe, London Royal Ravens, and the rest of the CoD eSports teams.
Apart from Call of Duty League Championship 2021, fans of the FPS game should also anticipate Call of Duty Challengers Finals and Warzone Wednesdays, among other tournaments.
2. League of Legends World Championships 2021
Even though the exact dates have not been announced, League of Legends World Championships 2021 should take place between late-September through October. Interestingly, this event will be hosted in Wuhan.
Damwon Gaming, the 2020 champions, will be battling with the likes of Suning, Top Esports, and G2 Esports. From the exceptional performance of Damwon Gaming at League of Legends World Championships 2020, the South Korean professional esports organization should retain the title.
Worlds 2021 will be streamed live on Twitch and YouTube, just like League of Legends World Championships 2020.
Other LoL tournaments and competitions in 2021 include Mid-Season Invitational, League of Legends Pro League, All-Star, and the League of Legends Championship Series.
3. Overwatch League 2021
Unlike in the past, when the Overwatch League started in January or February, the 2021 season will begin in the spring at an unspecified date. This is to give teams more time to prepare, bearing in mind the pandemic is still on.
The reigning champions, San Francisco Shock, are favorites to win the 2021 season to extend their winning streak to three in a row. But of course, Seoul Dynasty, New York Excelsior, Shanghai Dragons, and Philadelphia Fusion are working overtime to give San Francisco Shock a run for their money.
OWL 2021 will be streamed live on the OWL YouTube channel and the OWL website and mobile app.
Other popular Overwatch eSports tournaments to expect in 2021 include Overwatch Contenders and ZOTAC CUP.
4. Fortnite World Cup 2021
While Fortnite World Cup 2020 was canceled, Epic Games announced that Fortnite World Cup 2021 is in the pipeline and will be bigger and better than the first edition. The qualifiers will begin in March 2021, while the main tournament will start in June 2021, but the venue is yet to be announced. The most likely formats will be Solo, Duo, Creative Cup, and Pro-Am.
Bugha, the current Fortnite king, is the favorite to win the Solos. But there are other new kids on the block, including Stretch, Jamper, EpikWhale, and Arkham, who can rival the 17-year old who walked away with a cool $3,000,000 in Fortnite World Cup 2019.
The Fortnite World Cup 2021 will be broadcasted on Youtube and the official Epic Games website.
Besides Fortnite World Cup, fans of the battle royale game can expect more action in Fall Skirmish Series 2021 and Twitch Con, among other competitions.
5. Dota 2 The International 2021
Dota 2’s largest annual tournament, The International 2020, was also canceled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Still, the good news is that it will take place in 2021 though the exact dates have not been revealed. Dubbed TI10, the event will be hosted in Stockholm, and as is the norm, there will be 18 teams.
Team Secret, the undisputed Dota 2 team today, is the favorite to win The International 2021. But of course, Team Liquid, with a revamped roster, can challenge the European Dota 2 powerhouse.
Fans of Dota 2 can follow the action on Twitch or SteamTV.
Other Dota 2 tournaments and competitions lined up for 2021 include ESL Meisterschaft, EPIC League, and Omega League.
The above are the most popular eSports tournaments and competitions lined up for 2021. For the record, there are lots of other eSports tournaments, including HALO World Championship, Six Invitational, FIFA eWorld Cup, Hearthstone World Championship, and Evolution Championship Series, just to mention a few. Remember, there are many ways to be part of these tournaments and competitions, including betting on your favorite eSports team.
Covid-19 has been a blessing in disguise to the eSports betting industry. The lack of sports to bet on during the Coronavirus lockdowns left a gap in sports betting, which eSports filled perfectly.
If you want to dive into this new sports gambling field, this guide will come in handy. Find out what eSports betting is, how it works, the games you can bet on, the betting odds and markets, eSports betting sites, and more.
What is eSports Betting?
As the name suggests, this is a form of sports gambling where bettors wager on competitive electronic sports. Today, eSports is big business and attracts pro gamers, pro teams, and big money sponsorships, making it just as competitive as other sports.
eSports Betting Markets
One of the basics of eSports betting is understanding the different betting markets. Just like regular sports gambling, eSports betting markets vary depending on the game and also the bookmaker.
One of the most popular wagering options for all eSports is the match or tournament winner. But in addition, you will find several other betting options depending on the style of play.
For example, in FIFA and NBA2K betting, the markets are just the same as those in traditional soccer and basketball betting. In FIFA eSports, you can bet on the match-winner, the number of goals, over/under, goalscorer, and so on. On the other hand, NBA2K eSports has wagering options, such as match-winner, total points, winning difference, half time and full time winner, race to, odd/even, and more.
In FPS and MOBA eSports, such as Call of Duty, Valorant, CS: GO, and League of Legends, things are different, because they have a different style of play. You will find betting options, such as map winner, the number of kills, first kill, maps handicap, correct map score, total maps, over/under 2.5 maps, and winner with handicap, among other outcomes.
The wagering options also vary from one bookmaker to another. While some bookies have a few betting markets, the household names offer a wider range of betting options.
eSports Odds Explained
Besides the markets, it’s important to understand eSports odds and how they work. For starters, odds are the ratio of the amount you win to the amount you stake. It’s important to understand odds, as they are a reflection of the probability of an event occurring. There are three main types of odds; British, American, and European odds. So, what’s the difference?
Also known as fractional odds, or UK odds, British odds are represented in fractions and calculate the amount of money a bettor wins compared to the stake. The digit on the left side is the amount you win, and that on the right is the amount you need to stake.
To calculate profit on British odds, multiply the bet by the top number (numerator), then divide the result by the number on the bottom (denominator). The total profit on a $100 bet at 5/2 British odds is 100 x 5 divided by 2, which equals $250.
Also known as decimal odds, European odds are displayed in decimals and represent the amount a player wins for every $1 wagered.
If the betting market’s odds are 1.7, the total winnings will be 1.7 times the stake. That means, if you stake $100 on 1.7 European odds, your total winnings would be 100 x 1.7, which equals $170, so the profit will be $70.
These odds are also known as Moneyline or US odds. American odds come in two variations; underdog and favorite. Underdog US odds have a + sign and represent the amount a player wins as profit for every $100 wagered. On the other hand, favorite US odds have a – sign and represent the amount a player needs to stake to win $100 as profit.
That means, if an eSports betting market has +250 US odds, the player wins $250 as profit if they stake $100. On the other hand, if the US odds are -$250, a player needs to stake $250 to win $100 as profit.
Regardless of the odds format, the payouts remain the same. Some bookmakers will have all these three odds formats and allow players to choose their preferred format, while others stick to specific odds formats. The good thing is that there are many online odds converters to help bettors convert different odds from one format to another.
How to Find the Best eSports Betting Sites
While in the past, there were very few eSports betting sites, today, there are hundreds of sportsbooks that offer eSports betting markets. In this segment, find out how to spot a worthy eSports bookmaker.
Availability of eSports Betting Options
Check whether the site has enough eSports betting markets all year round. Many eSports bookmakers cover only the top eSports tournaments and competitions, so they may not have wagering options all year round. But there are a few bookies who are dedicated to eSports betting and have wide betting options available at all times. Also, make sure that the bookmaker is offering the highest odds.
eSports Free Bets Offers
If you are a newbie in eSports gambling, free bets will come in handy as they allow you to acquaint yourself with this new type of sports betting without using your own money. While free bets were hard to come by in the past, many operators have turned to this promotion to attract new players.
Bookmakers with free bets grant new players a specific amount of money to wager on their favorite eSports. Some bookies allow players to keep all the winnings they get from free bets, but most of them require bettors to return the initial stake. That means, if you have a free bet worth $5 and you stake on a market with odds of 4.0, you will retain $15, and not $20, as would have been the case if you had played with your own money.
Besides free bets, there are other promotions, such as deposit bonuses and loyalty programs, among others.
Another important consideration when looking for the best eSports betting site is the banking options. While most bookmakers allow players to play with fiat money, some allow both fiat money and cryptocurrencies. Whether you want to gamble with fiat money or crypto, make sure your preferred currency is supported. Also, check whether the deposit and withdrawal methods are flexible.
The above factors are key when finding the best eSports sportsbook. Also, check whether the website is user-friendly and, above all, make sure the bookmaker is licensed and regulated by a renowned gambling regulatory authority.
eSports Tournaments, Competitions, and Teams to Bet On
The eSports industry has grown exponentially in the last few years. There were very few eSports events to bet on in the past, but today, there are plenty of eSports tournaments and competitions to bet on. Some of the best events to bet on include Call of Duty League Championship, League of Legends World Championships, Overwatch League, Dota 2 The Internationals, and Fortnite World Cup, just to mention a few.
As a smart bettor, you should also know which are the best eSports teams to bet on. Check out the best performing teams for each eSport. Household names include Team Liquid, FaZe Clan, Cloud9, Team Vitality, G2 eSports, Team Secret, Fnatic, Team SoloMid, and NRG eSports, just to name a few.
There you have it, folks, a beginner’s guide to eSports betting. If you are looking for another gambling option besides regular sports betting and virtual games, eSports betting is the real deal. But before placing that bet, make sure to check what the pundits are saying. And don’t forget to scout for free eSports bets and other bonuses!
According to data from ISPO, the world’s largest sporting goods and sportswear trade fair, CS: GO is the biggest eSport in terms of the number of tournaments organized, the total number of pro players, and the total prize pool. In this Counter-Strike Global Offensive eSports guide, find out everything you need to know about the game at a competitive level.
What is CS: GO?
Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CS: GO) is a multiplayer FPS video game developed by Valve. It was released in August 2012 on Windows, macOS, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The Linux version came later on in 2014.
Global Offensive is the 4th installment in the Counter-Strike series. It came with several new features, including updated maps, new characters, new weapons, new game modes, online matchmaking extras, and Competitive Skill Groups.
Popularity of CS: GO eSports
Over the years, CS: GO has attracted more and more FPS fans. Today, it boasts an estimated 11 million players monthly. Much of the game’s success is owed to the 2018 transition to a free-to-play model, making cosmetics the only revenue source.
CS: GO is also a household name in the eSports betting industry, accounting for 29% of the global eSports betting volume. This is according to Chris Grove, a renowned gambling industry analyst.
Gameplay and Objectives
Just like the previous installments of the game, Global Offensive pits two sides in multiple rounds of objective-based game modes. There are 9 game modes; Competitive, Wingman, Casual, Deathmatch, Arms Race, Weapons Course, Demolition, Danger Zone, and Flying Scoutsman.
CS: GO Competitive
The CS: GO Competitive is the standard game mode at the competitive level. This is a 5v5 classic game mode that puts the two teams in a best of 30 match under the game’s standard rules. The first team to win 16 rounds in either of the two modes, Bomb Defusal (Bomb Scenario) or Hostage Rescue (Hostage Scenario), wins the contest.
Global Offensive Competitive Mode Objectives
When playing as Counter-Terrorists, the objective in Global Offensive Hostage Scenario is to rescue any of the hostages and kill all the terrorists before the timer runs out. When playing as Terrorists, the objective is to complete the mission; run down the round timer before the Counter-Terrorists rescue any hostages and make sure all Counter-Terrorists are eliminated.
In Global Offensive Bomb Defusal, when playing as Terrorists, the objective is to plant the C4 bombs and make sure they are detonated. Besides, all the Counter-Terrorists should be eliminated. However, when playing as Counter-Terrorists, the objective is to make sure the terrorist’s mission fails, and they are all eliminated.
What CS: GO Tournament Formats Exist?
There are many CS: GO eSports tournaments and competitions that fall under four main categories:
- Regular league tournaments, for example, FPL, ECS, ESEA, and ESL.
- Cycle tournaments, for example, the BLAST Pro Series event.
- Intel Grand Slam Tournaments, for example, DreamHack Masters, IEM, and ESL One.
- Minor CS: GO tournaments are tickets to big eSports tournaments, while Major CS: GO tournaments are the creme de la creme of CS: GO at the eSports level, for example, the Majors.
For the record, CS: GO formats depend on the particular tournament or competition. Besides the main categories, it’s important to understand three concepts; group stages, bracket structures, and match types.
eSports Tournament Group Stages
Group stages in CS: GO are very common, as they help the tournament organizers sift out the weaker teams and remain with the strongest teams slated for the playoffs. In group stages, there are three formats;
- Round-Robin – Also known as ‘the circle,’ this format pits the teams in one or two Bo1 or Bo3 matches with each other, one by one.
- GSL System – This system is used in groups with four teams. The four teams are split into two couples, and the two winners of each pair face off in a Bo3 match.
- Swiss System – In events where there are so many participants, where Round-Robin or GSL System can’t be deployed, the Swiss system is applied.
CS: GO Tournaments Bracket Structures
There are two formats when it comes to CS: GO bracket structures, single-elimination, and double eliminations.
In the single-elimination system, the teams in the competition play elimination series at once, and the loser is dropped from the competition. Single elimination matches have no room for mistakes.
The other format is double-elimination, which is the most popular format between the two. Here, there are two brackets; winner and loser. The team that loses the first time is not dropped from the event; instead, it falls into the loser bracket.
For the record, there are also triple-elimination systems, and here, a team needs to lose the three matches to be eliminated. This system is very rare in CS: GO, but common in collectible card game events, such as MTG, Gwent, and Hearthstone.
CS: GO Tournaments Match Types
Global Offensive has several maps that a team needs to win, to win the entire match. There are three match types in Counter-Strike: Bo1, Bo3, and Bo5.
Bo1 is a random one-map match type where players ban maps and battle it out on the remaining one. Bo1 is common in qualifications and regular tournaments, as well as the BLAST Pro Series.
In Bo3, when a team clinches two victories, they win the game. Here, the two teams ban and pick favorite maps one by one. Bo3 format is the most popular CS: GO match type in eSports and is deployed in all events and playoff brackets.
The third match type is Bo5, which is a rare match type that is neither played during the group stages nor playoffs. Bo5 matches are common in tournament finals, for example, ESL, and take very long, up to 8 hours.
CS: GO 2020 Tournaments, Competitions, and Team Rankings
Despite the impact of Covid-19, several CS: GO tournaments and competitions have gone on as planned.
But, some tournaments were canceled. The biggest CS: GO tournament, Majors 2020, which was initially set for May 2020, was pushed to November 2020. In September, Valve announced that the Majors 2020 had been canceled. Other canceled events include WESG 2019-2020.
When it comes to the CS: GO team rankings, Team Vitality is at the helm as the best CS: GO eSports team, as of November 30th, 2020. It’s followed by Heroic, Natus Vincere, Astralis, and BIG, which closes the top 5 list. G2 and FaZe come in at 8th and 10th, respectively.
Where to Watch CS: GO Tournaments and Competitions
Most CS: GO professional tournaments are streamed live on several live-stream channels, including Twitch, YouTube, and websites such as MLG.tv, among other platforms. Some eSports sportsbooks also have live stream features so bettors can follow the matches to facilitate in-game betting.
That’s the end of this Counter-Strike Global Offensive CS: GO eSports guide.
Fortnite is an online video game developed by Epic Games and released in 2017. It is available in three distinct game mode versions that otherwise share the same general gameplay and game engine:
- Fortnite: Save the World, a cooperative hybrid-tower defense-shooter-survival game for up to four players to fight off zombie-like creatures and defend objects with traps and fortifications they can build.
- Fortnite Battle Royale, a free-to-play battle royale game in which up to 100 players fight to be the last person standing.
- Fortnite Creative, in which players are given complete freedom to create worlds and battle arenas.
There are “Solo” where one person fights, “Duo” where two people form a team, and “Squad” where four people team, and there is a special mode for a limited time, but in other words, even one person can enjoy it by him- or herself. That’s why gamers who prefer single-player can rest assured there is space for them in this game, so let’s see it for the first time from here!
Solo Play Mode
If you want to play Fortnite alone without the game automatically filling your game with help from other players, you will need to go into the main settings to switch the game from public to private. You can access the game’s settings at any point regardless of if you are in a mission already or not. All you have to do is go into the actual game options and you will see a setting that is set on public by default. Switch this to private and you won’t have to worry about having strangers in your game anymore.
In Arena, every player has a rank represented by their division. Everyone starts in the Open League, Division One. They can rank up to Division 10, which is the Champion Division III, by receiving points called Hype based on the number of eliminations they get and their placement in each match. Getting a certain number of Hype points in several matches will allow players to go to the next Division or League.
- Divisions One to Four – Open League
- Divisions Four to Seven – Contender League
- Divisions Eight to 10 – Champion League
This is a very long video, but it gives you a very good idea of how to win in solo mode.
Players will increase their Division once they go past a certain Hype threshold of the Division that they’re in. Players have to collect over 1,499 Hype points to climb out of the Open Leagues. The amount of Hype players get in each game depends on their placements and total kill score.
Arena mode is perfect for anyone looking to prove themselves and those who want to play Fortnite with players who are at the same skill level as them. Matchmaking in Arena is based on Division and Hype points, which means players will only face opponents who are in the same Division as them and, if possible, with the same number of Hype points. Playing at off-hours could affect the algorithm and may cause players from close divisions to face off against each other, however.
Players’ divisions in the Arena mode will also let them unlock online Events that award prize money, such as the Fortnite World Cup Online Qualifiers, weekly Cash Cups, and FNCS. If a player plays their cards correctly, the Arena mode can certainly turn out to be their gateway to the professional Fortnite scene.
Duos is a gamemode in Battle Royale in which two players pair up together on the same team. The duo must outlast all remaining players and compete for the Victory Royale. Finding a duo partner that you can synergize with can make all the difference in your playstyle and outcome.
- At the Fortnite Battle Royale gameplay menu, cycle through the various game modes by using X (Xbox One), Square (PS4), or your keypad (PC). Eventually, you’ll come across the Squads and Duos option. Select the one you wish to play. Next, you’ll need to send your friends an invite. To do so, select the empty player slot, then scroll through your friends list until you find the friend you wish to invite.
You can also be randomly paired up by the games algorithms if you do not have any friends who are online when you want to play.
Who do I play with?
There are many factors that come into play that will affect the outcome of a game. Here are just a few: communication and skill. Queuing up with random players can be a difficult route to earn a Victory Royale based on these assumptions.
Queuing up with friends or players you know is a recommended route to earning a Victory Royale. Playing with friends or players you know can still have its drawbacks.
When playing with a partner, communicating is a crucial way to alert your surroundings. Communication can be both verbal and non verbal. Here are some examples:
Verbal communication: The use of using your voice. A good headset and mic is vital for the communication in any team played online game.
Non-verbal communication: “Marking” players and locations, using emotes, emoticons etc. This requires that you and your teammate have agreed on how to interpret these markings in advance so that you know how to respond to them to win the game.
Being able to communicate is also valuable so that your team can encourage one another to become better players. It is important that the player you choose to play with has a positive attitude and isn’t someone who will be flaming you.
Squad Game Mode
For Squads, you join a team of three other players and try and be the last of 25 four-player teams standing. Squads are usually Fortnite’s most popular mode.
With Duos, Squads, and Playground, you need to decide between Fill or Don’t Fill. With Fill, if you have less than the number of players needed to form the required team size in a particular mode, the game will automatically match you up with other players. If you choose Don’t Fill and don’t have a full team, you will be going up against other, properly sized groups, at a disadvantage. Don’t Fill is an unusual option to say the least, but it is an excellent example of how incredibly customizable the Fortnite experience really is.
Another very long video that shows you how to best play (and win) in the Arena in Squad Mode
Very popular in e-sports!
Fortnite is very popular in the e-sports world as well. The world championship “Fortnite World Cup” in 2019 where the winner of the solo category was 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf of Pennsylvania, whose winning prize was over $3 Million!
With Fortnites extreme success in the professional Esports arenas around the world, there is also now the factor of betting on esports. Famous teams and their players are popular when betting. For example, Team Fnatic and super-famous player Tyler “Ninja” Blevins are definitely popular.
When it comes to betting on Esports, the first thing to remember is you have to be over 18 years old to bet on any form of sports betting online. You also need to do your research well and not just bet on gut feeling or which team you think may be cool, or who has cool youtube videos. Make sure you do research on the following:
- Find a safe, secure, and reliable sportsbook that offers the betting markets you want to bet on. Most sportsbooks now have esports in their markets, this is due to the explosive popularity of the Esports genre.
- We recommend signing up for more than one sportsbook, so you can compare odds and always bet on the very best odds for the game you are betting on.
- Check the teams, the players on the teams, and how they have done in previous competitions. Stats might be boring to go through, but they are very important for you to win on your bet!
- Keep track of your bets, always make sure you do not spend money you should have been spending on rent, food, transport or other important things in your life. Only bet what you can afford to lose!
- Many sportsbooks have bonuses when signing up, and for your first deposits, so-called Free Bets. Make sure to read all terms and conditions before taking the offers so you understand what is required to best take advantage of the offers.
What is a “clan”?
Do you ever hear the word “clan” when playing Fortnite? To put it simply, clans are social groups primarily formed to help gamers find new teammates and friends. By participating, you can practice together, play clan battles, and participate in the big competitions together. There are various benefits to being in a clan and if you really want to enjoy Fortnite, joining a clan is a must.
Why Fortnite is loved
Fortnite is loved by everyone. There are over 200 million players in the world. One reason kids love Fortnite: Battle Royale is that it’s the perfect survival mash-up of several popular media titles: The Hunger Games movie, Call of Duty video game, the first Fortnite (Fortnite: Save the World) video game, and the game PUBG (PlayerUnknownBattlegrounds). Fortnite: Battle Royale takes elements from all of these favorite storylines and game interfaces.
The game has a lot of fun attached for sure. Fortnite’s interface and hilarious character moves can be just as much fun to watch as it is to play.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, abbreviated as MGS3, is a stealth action game directed by Hideo Kojima and developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan. This game marks the last canonical game in the Metal Gear Solid series. Metal Gear Solid games hold a special place in the hearts of avid gamers. Indeed, what makes this game stand out to many players is the way Hideo manages to incorporate the aspect of hope and tactfulness. In the darkness, there is light, and in times of danger, there is a need for calm.
This action-packed game is inspired by the happenings of the Cold War in 1964. The Snake, aided via radio by Major Zero, Para-Medic, and The Boss, is deployed to the jungles of the Soviet Union. Their mission is to rescue a renowned scientist by the name Sokolov who happens to be building an explosive nuclear tank called the “Shagohod.” The mission goes as planned until The Boss defects to Volkin’s camps, escaping with the Shagohod in the process.
The MGS3 can be described as a cold war-based stealth game. During the game, the player controls the main character, “Snake,” which is out to fight its main antagonist, “Volkin,” and all his operatives. The game places emphasis on the player’s ability to think and do everything within their means to survive.
The Metal Gear Solid 3 game, therefore, is a perfect example of tactical espionage. This means that you have to hide, seek, and fight your way through all manner of terrains, including mangroves, tropical jungles, swamps, forests, and sewers, among others.
During gameplay, you also need to keep hunting for provisions from the haven of flora and fauna. Although Snake’s health will naturally replenish, you also need to ensure it does that optimally by keeping its stamina bar full. You can only do that by ensuring that it is well fed.
Part of the operation also requires that you have a cure menu. This essential feature allows you to keep Snake healthy. If Snake is wounded, after a vicious fight, the wounds are relatively easy to treat with the medical kit. And in case you have run out of medical supplies, your goal suddenly shifts towards the hunt for medical supplies.
The game features exceptional gaming mechanics such as footsteps, camouflage, distractions, and noise, among others. The mechanics of the game are unbelievably realistic, especially for a game that was developed more than a decade ago.
The MGS3 introductory scene is as epic as it can get. The game starts with a plane cutting through Pakistani skies headed to the Soviet Airspace. Onboard is Snake, awaiting to jump off the plane. Right after making the jump, the player is allowed to switch the panorama and enjoy the views.
As Snake descends, the game is momentary cut into a mission briefing to explain the situation. A few moments later, Snake lands in the forest and gets up before embarking on his mission.
Then Snake hits the ground running, out to rescue the defected Soviet scientist Sokolov. While there are many events in the game, some mark key defining moments of the game. That said, some standout gaming scenes in MGS3.
Survival of the Fittest
MCG3 takes place in a rough and natural environment full of traps, rugged paths, swamps, and forests. Snake has to rely on his survival skills to make it here. This means that he has to hunt for his own food, choose his camouflage, face paint for different situations, and organize his backpack. Notwithstanding, Snake has to tend to wounds and burn to realize his full potential.
The Last Showdown
This battle takes place in Metal Gear, where there are both protagonists and antagonists. Just as Snake is about to escape after defeating The Boss, Ocelot forces his way into the WIGS, where he later puts up a fight. During their encounters, Ocelot admires Snake’s fighting skills. And after fighting for some time, Ocelots pokes Snake in the eyes and calls it quits. They part ways in a rather weird fashion after exchanging warm words and a smile.
The Pachinko Slots Version
Following the huge admiration of the game, MGS3 fans who fancy playing slots games can now play the Metal Gear Solid Series: Snake Eater Pachinko Slot from Konami featuring versions of scenes from the game in HD. Surprisingly, most famous cut scenes are made with cutting edge visuals, making them look a bit squawky. Previously for gaming consoles, recent developments saw it introduced in the Pachinko game, a popular Japanese slots machine variant.
To play this game, all you need is to match up the symbols to deal damage to Ocelot. If you have played online slots games before, then the MGS3: Snake Eater Pachinko game should be a no brainer.
Undoubtedly, there are many great things to say about MGS3. The incredible plot and attention to detail make this game a beloved classic to many.
The Coronavirus has thrown every major sporting event into limbo, creating a hard time for fans who want to satisfy their urge to bet. Gamblers have not been spared either by this pandemic. From EPL and La Liga to NHL and NBA, every tournament has been clouded with uncertainty, with most of them not sure when exactly they will resume. However, despite these difficult circumstances, one sport has continued to thrive: Esports. And while it is not completely immune to the virus, the sport has proved to be the go-to for millions of punters who want to quench their thirst, even in an era where social distancing is the norm. From League of Legends and The Overwatch League to Counter-Strike and everything in between, bettors have a host of opportunities to make real money.
How to Bet on Esports
As a punter, you most probably already know how to bet on traditional sporting events. It is very much similar to betting on Esports. In fact, Esports betting is even simpler, and that is why it is loved in all parts of the world. While there are people who see it as a money-minting opportunity, others see it as fun. Whichever way you see it, the crux of the matter is that the popularity of Esports betting has continued to surge during the Covid-19 era. To bet on Esports, you will need to do the following:
While most punters tend to ignore this tip, setting your own objectives helps you to be focused, increasing your chances of success as a bettor. One thing you should put in mind is that your objectives should be realistic, and they don’t have to be money-related. If you’re a beginner, for instance, it pays to focus on improving your betting skills. Building a bankroll will come later. What if fun is your only objective? Well, there is nothing wrong with that at all. In fact, fun is the easiest objective any Esports bettor can achieve.
Bet on a reputable site
A reputable betting site is not only important but also essential. With almost every traditional sporting event on halt thanks to the Covid-19, some opportunists know that bettors are desperately looking for where to invest their money and get a return on their investment. In fact, you should not be surprised to see many Esports betting sites springing up. That’s why you must be careful with your choice of a betting site. Steer clear of any betting site with a history of withholding players’ winnings for no reason. Do your own research by checking site reviews and asking veteran gamblers for advice. With Google, a simple search about any gaming platform will reveal a whole world of truths about it.
Understand the risks
You can get rich betting on Esports, but Esports betting, just like any other form of betting, involves taking some risks. To win money, you will need to stake your own first. While this truism is not meant to discourage you, it is important to understand that Esports betting sites don’t exist to give out money to players for free. The sites invest heavily in order to operate; thus, they must get a return on their investment. That’s why these platforms have an edge on every game they offer. The rule of thumb dictates that you stake what you are ready to lose, period!
Set a budget
Just like your budget for other needs, such as healthcare (especially during this Corona era) and food, you should also budget for your betting. Remember, your chances of winning a bet are slimmer than your chances of losing. And with betting having a history of causing addiction, you must have a good strategy in place to manage your money, lest you risk spending more than is necessary on betting. If your budget for betting, you will not be pushed into chasing losses or breaking the bank out of frustrations.
Know the players and teams you’re betting on
Don’t just stake your money on any side just because you’re desperate to make money. Remember, successful bets are based on what you know about players or teams you are betting on. If you understand how the players or teams perform, you will most likely make good decisions.
Finding the Best Esports Tournaments to Bet on
To get the most out of Esports betting, you will want to take a look at the best tournaments. While there are dozens of tournaments to choose from, those that stand out include Counter-Strike, League of Legends, and Dota 2’s The International, to name but a few. The Overwatch League is yet another big name, which is as popular as any of the aforementioned tournaments. These tournaments are known to offer the most lucrative rewards, and you will find them on virtually every Esports betting platform. Simply register to any such reputable platform and have fun.
- 2009: Released for North America for Windows.
- 2013: Released for OS X.
- 2016: Beta version on Japanese server started.
- 2017: Japanese version officially started operation.
- 2020: Scheduled to release a simplified version for iOS and Android.
Welcome To The Fascinating World Of LoL
Getting started with League of Legends (LOL) is easy. Just go to the official website and register an account. What’s more, the games that are played all over the world are free! And after registration is complete, the next step is installation. Once that’s done, you’re there, in the world of LoL! All you have to do is play. Eh, don’t you know how to do it? Don’t worry, it’s a tutorial that starts you off so you can get into all the intricacies of LoL.
In League of Legends, players form a team of five and assume the role of a champion, characters with unique abilities, generally varying around a type of class, and battle against a team of player- or computer-controlled champions. In the main game mode, Summoner’s Rift, the goal is to destroy the opposing team’s “Nexus”, a structure that lies at the heart of their base and is protected by defensive structures.
LoL In The E-sports World
Will it be an Olympic sport someday? Can you be one of the athletes? Did you know that the LoL World Championship winning prizes have been as much as $ 2 million, that is 2 MILLION USD! That is a great amount of money for playing a game. But to reach these levels you have to be good, and to be good you have to practice A LOT.
As in other multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games, each player in League of Legends controls a character (“champion”) with a set of unique abilities. Most games involve two teams of five players, with each player using a different champion. The two teams compete to be the first to destroy the Nexus structure within the opposing base.
Over the course of each game, champions become stronger and gain additional abilities by earning experience and thereby leveling up. Experience is earned by killing enemies (or being nearby when a teammate does). Champions also build strength over the course of the game by buying progressively more powerful items using gold, which is earned by killing non-player enemies, killing or assisting in killing enemy players, destroying enemy structures, or selling other items.
Most bookmakers are already betting on matches, so the gambling world is already excited about LoL as a sport. Besides, this site also broadcasts LOL live games. Looking at this, it’s no different from other sports.
Champions In LoL
League of Legends was originally released in 2009 with 40 champions; as of November 2020, there were over 150. Older champions has been reworked with new character designs, gameplay mechanics, and lore. Champions are unlocked by in-game currency, earned by playing, or through microtransactions.
Riot classifies its champions by classes and subclasses. Classes designate broad traits while subclasses denote offensive or protective capabilities. The major classes and their subclasses are:
- Tanks: Are the most durable class in League of Legends, are divided into vanguards, equipped with fight-initiating abilities, and wardens, defensive tanks with protective traits. An example of a vanguard is Malphite, while Braum is a standard example of a warden.
- Fighters: These deal moderate damage, often with melee attacks, and represent a halfway point between tanks and low-durability champions. They are typically weak to crowd control. The subclasses of fighters are juggernauts, champions with significant damage potential but limited mobility, and divers, who have high single-target damage, low area of effect, but are often highly mobile. Darius and Xin Zhao are respectively examples of juggernauts and divers.
- Slayers: Are melee champions who can inflict higher and more reliable damage in exchange for lower survivability. They are split into assassins, offensive-oriented champions with mobility that allows them to enter and escape a fight, and skirmishers, possessing abilities that allow them to enter a fight and survive for a longer period of time without escaping. An example of an assassin is Zed, while Fiora is a standard skirmisher.
- Mages: Are typical champions with abilities that inflict high amounts of damage with spells from range. As the class with the largest number of champions, the developer separates mages into three categories. Burst mages can lockdown and kill single targets but struggle against tanks and groups; battle mages attack from range but their kits enable them to withstand close range fights; artillery mages inflict high amounts of damage from long range, but are largely immobile and lack access to area-of-effect crowd control. Examples of burst mages, battle mages, and artillery mages are Lux, Vladimir, and Xerath respectively.
- Controllers: Are a spell-focused class with two varieties: enchanters are able to buff allies and lockdown enemies at the cost of doing low damage, while disruptors can hinder the enemy team’s movement, interrupt their actions, and weaken them. Lulu is an example of an enchanter, while Anivia is classified as a disruptor.
- Marksmen: Are ranged auto-attackers who stay in the backline, apply consistent damage, and are equipped to deal with tanks. There are no subclasses of marksmen. Vayne, Ashe, and Sivir are all marksmen.
The League of Legends League Is So Hot!
The League of Legends World Championship (commonly abbreviated as Worlds) is the annual professional League of Legends world championship tournament hosted by Riot Games and is the culmination of each season. Teams compete for the champion title, the 70-pound (32-kilogram) Summoner’s Cup, and a multi-million-dollar championship prize. In 2018, the finals were watched by 99.6 million people, breaking 2017’s finals viewer record. The tournament has been praised for its ceremonial performances while receiving attention worldwide due to its dramatic and emotional nature.
The League of Legends World Championships has gained tremendous success and popularity, making it among the world’s most prestigious and watched tournaments, as well as the most-watched video game in the world. Due to its success, esports scenes became prominent and widely seen as a potential Olympics event, already being included as a medal event in the 2022 Asian Games.
There are professional teams all over the world. Besides, it’s cool. For example, Invictus Gaming in China or the logo of Team Liquid in the Netherlands. It’s cooler than the logos of baseball and soccer teams. Furthermore, the popularity of athletes is actually the same as that of other athletes. Famous Danish LOL player Soren Bjorg has 600,000 followers on Twitter? It’s too amazing.
The tournament rotates its venues across different major countries and regions each year. South Korea’s T1 is the most successful team in the tournament’s history, having won three world championships.
Want to be a legend?
As we said, all you need to do is download the game and start practicing. And even if you do not become a top-level Esport athlete, you will experience so much fun, get to know other gamers and we guarantee lots of legendary gameplay. We recommend watching the pros, either at twitch or you can find awesome videos on youtube as well.
Gamers around the world have been striving to occupy a position in the top list of successful players, which is a feat that not many people manage to achieve. Dampening of one’s drive to become a professional gamer usually stems from the falling fame of certain gamers. Unlike what the amateur players think, professional gamers have a hectic life that demands them to be active for more than ten hours a day. All of this effort is only backed by the chance of winning with the skills, but most often they lose.
Not everyone can win at a game always, and this gaming that comes with no guarantee of making money, in the long run, allows only a few gamers to be successful. Life of a professional gamer is quite different from what people have conceived it to be. Several cases have been reported in which excess gaming has resulted in drug abuse, sexual harassment, and lack of sleep. Here are a few other dark realities of professional gaming that you must know if you are aspiring to become a gamer.
Not a Long Career
Professional gamers do not usually have a career that lasts long. They mostly play with their minds and not bodies; so they do not have the scope of developing their skills over time for a particular game. Most professional gamers end their career in their mid-20s because they would have lost their reflexes and dexterity at that stage of life. Only 40 players from the 27 million gamers who play League of Legends managed to make it to the North American pro team. Chances for success is also small, and even if you make it, all of it ends soon. Professional gaming is a short career for more than 95% of players.
Lack of Social Life
It is common for all pro gamers to lounge in their chairs to have a good time playing the game by munching onto their favorite snacks. Most of them spend their young days following this routine of eating, playing, and sleeping. Some players spend more than 15 hours on their desktop playing games, thereby ruining their health and social life. None of these practices can help a player in having any other luxury in life except for the money.
Pro gamers are accustomed to sitting through gaming sessions for long hours. Many of them rely on drugs to increase their focus on the game; some of them even take more obscure drugs that could be more harmful than they can possibly imagine. Regular intake of such drugs could lead to severe health problems, which may only start manifesting symptoms at a later stage in life.
The territory of gaming comes with sexual harassment as an intrinsic feature. As long as the industry exists, this practice is likely to thrive at all times. Not many female professional players are on these platforms. But for all those who attempt the games, sexual harassment is almost an inevitable evil. A lot of inappropriate talks is happening on the platform between male and female gamers.
The world is changing with every minute, and everything in it has to evolve to its optimal form too. As technology is not planning to cease its development, the needs and demands of the people are bound to increase with time. Huge stadiums are filled with players and viewers from different parts of the world. The tournaments are becoming huger every year; so, the eSports industry is also at an all-time high, which is most likely to rise again in the coming years.
eSports agendas being pushed by the developers are increasing as the investments are piling up along with the sponsorship deals. Sporting giants such as NFL, Formula 1, and FIFA have also become a part of eSports due to this immense popularity. For anyone new to this field may find it strangely confounding. Here is a short guide that you can peruse if you want to know more about the eSports industry.
eSports- The Royalty of Gaming
Although many people get involved in the eSports business at various stages, most of them might not know the exact definition of it. eSports can be defined as video game competitions that involve professional players who have been proving their excellence over the years. It is a well-organized event that takes place every year for the fans to rush into to make money. These gamers play for the prestige and to make large sums of money. eSports are not necessarily the colourful events held at massive stadiums; they can also be the local matches that take place at small gaming halls. By 2021, the eSports industry is expected to hit a viewership of at least 560 million and is also estimated to be worth nearly 2 billion dollars.
History of eSports
For the people who are new to the field of eSports, everything might seem like a fresh concept. Even the people who have been making money from the industry for a long time now are not aware of the true history. Most of them consider it a fairly recent phenomenon, but it is actually an event that began in 1972. The first season of the tournament started at the Stanford University, where the students played Spacewar by competing against one another. However, it was only in the ’80s that the first true video game tournament began with around 10,000 attendees.
The Space Invaders Championship ushered in the era of video gaming where players focused on beating the high scores rather than finding their space in the organized tournament to have a healthy competition. Nintendo and Sega started holding professional gaming tournaments in the ‘90s. As the popularity of the internet grew, the whole industry witnessed a boom.
Watching eSports Games
If you are interested in watching eSports, begin your journey with YouTube, Twitch, or Mixer. There are other platforms too that broadcast eSports, but these three are the most popular ones because of the convenience. Of all the games that were played in eSports, Overwatch, League of Legends, Fortnite, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Street Fighter, Rocket League, Heroes of the Storm, DotA 2, Hearthstone, and Call of Duty became the favorites of the viewers and gamers.
When you have aspirations to become a sports player, you have a defined path that you need to follow. You can always enrol for the high school team, and then in the college games to follow your passion for football or any other traditional sport. eSports hasn’t set an easy path to pursue a career, like in the other sports. Almost all players are left to find their way into the gaming platforms by promoting themselves right from their childhood. A talent pipeline is also a subject that is being discussed quite often in the gaming industry for a few years now because of the demand for a better platform for the upcoming talents to display their skills. As eSports is developing with every passing year, the scope for the establishment of a structured pipeline is also broadening.
Prodigies in eSports
A 17-year-old gamer named Blaze Elmore who is a Thousand Oaks native is one among the first gamers to have found a place on this platform. When he had found his forte in the game “Clash Royale” in 2016, he started persuading his mother to take him to tournaments. However, his mother wasn’t interested in taking him since he had school to attend, and she had work. She had to give in to his harangues after a few months, and he started playing tournaments right after that. Elmore won a flat-screen TV and $200 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, which was his seventh live competition.
It was this event hosted by Super League Gaming that pushed Elmore into the bigger eSports leagues. In 2019, Elmore won almost every match at the club tournaments held by Super League club. This club had begun their journey in 2014 with the amateur multiplayer events at local movie theatres for the game “Minecraft”. Around 16 city-based club teams are organized by the company now, and all of them represent the games such as Minecraft, Clash Royale, and League of Legends.
Growth of eSports and Elmore
According to the reports, the viewership for “League of Legends” world tour was much higher than that for the Super Bowl. The Super League eSports business went public by raising around $25 million. Losses were a part of the investment in the initial days, but it managed to salvage its position in the race. Elmore was able to showcase his talents as an amiable person and a gamer while he was a part of the Super League’ Los Angeles Shockwaves club team.
The Dignitas scout averted their eyes to the performance of Elmore; they were quite impressed by his persona and gaming skills that they offered him a spot on their professional Clash Royale team. Blaze continued his work at Super League tournaments by spending several hours trying to boost his online presence. Overwatch has built a pipeline for the talents by opening up divisions for the players who have achieved sufficient feats in the competitions. Also, League of Legends has set up a similar system to make sure that the best talents are identified.
Trading in eSports is a concept that might be novel to many people even today, and it comes as no surprise because the world of gaming has several such aspects that the outsiders are yet to explore. But over the past few years, the viewership of the events have increased, leading to huge investments coming in. By 2021, the viewership expected to hit somewhere around 560 million on platforms such as Twitch, NHL, and YouTube. The revenue is also, as per the forecast, expected to reach at least $2.96 billion by the end of 2021.
Venture investments in eSports have increased since 2013, and most of this is credited to the technological evolution in the field. With all of this happening, the industry is pushing itself into a new phase this decade. eSports stocks are now actively running on the investor’s radar due to this growing popularity. Since more people are looking for ways to enter this trading option, there is a high demand for the details regarding the investments in eSports. If you are planning to put some money into these game, here is a short description of the working of eSports investments.
Evolution of eSports
It was in the 1970s and 1980s that the first competitive tournaments of video games began. World top gamers were contending for the high scores in classic games such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. eSports became more popular by 1990s with the release of advanced games and the development of the internet. Gaming tournaments were launched after this period, and the games such as Warcraft, Quake, and Counter-Strike became the most popular ones in the competition. With the tournaments held for games like Warcraft III in the 2000s, the popularity of eSports also grew. North America started pouring out love for the tournament when ESPN hosted Madden Nation from 2005 to 2008.
Generation of Profits from eSports
eSports do not function like the traditional sports that have stadiums to host the games with huge revenue generation from ticket sales. Gaming houses around the world host the tournaments of eSports, and they have been offering the best events for gamers to thrive. Sponsorship deals generate more than 95% of the money in eSports; the rest of the money comes from regular salaries, prizes, and streaming. Everyone involved in the process earns a tremendous amount of money at each stage of the tournament. Broadcasting rights for the tournament are also being eyed by the gaming publishers these days.
Among the publicly traded eSports stocks, the ones that have become popular with their revenue generation are NVIDIA, Take-Two Interactive Software, Electronic Arts, and Activision Blizzard. When you want to invest in eSports by buying shares through a broker, you have to open a brokerage account after studying it thoroughly and checking the fees involved. You need to buy the stocks with the two different orders: market order and a limit order. Once you are done with the purchase of stocks, you need to focus on optimizing your portfolio by using the right tools.
With the tag of an athlete comes accolades, money, fame, and respect. Many gamers might have had the idea of shifting their pace of gaming to be an athlete for the said reasons. It could also be a great way of earning money for a living. People have entertained this concept so that they spend more time finding avenues to become an athlete. Not all players can be successful in the big leagues because of the competition that encrusts the entire gaming industry.
The history of great achievements made by many of the players is to be attributed to their fantastic, unmatchable gaming skills. Most of these gamers have changed the course of gaming over time, and they have become the eSports athletes that the world is looking up to. Some of these players have become popular by accomplishing certain goals in a particular game. Here is a list of such players who have turned out into a brand in the gaming realm.
1. Fear and PPD
It has become hard to relegate one of these players to the second position, which is why the first position has been awarded as a tie. The team Evil Geniuses that play DotA has had both these players for some time now. PPD is the highest-earning gamer, and Fear is on the third position in that list. The former has earned around $2.1, and the latter has bagged $1.9. In the International 2015 tournament, the team won all the games they played to take the first place by grabbing a huge amount of pool cash.
In the world of gaming, the name Saahil Arora is popular for the fact that he is an excellent player who is the second-highest earning professional. He has earned over $2.1 by playing DotA 2, and he took the first and third places in many of the DotA competitions that were held in the last few years. After his potent performance for the team Evil Geniuses at the international competition 2014, he was recognized as one of the best offlaners in the world.
Faker, also known as Lee Sanghyuk, is widely recognized as the best midlaner in the game of League of Legends. He has always amazed his opponents and viewers with his comeback from the pitfalls during each game. All odds are fought exceptionally by Faker to become the winner. Faker earns over half a million dollars from his games and is the highest-paid League of Legends player.
Starcraft is the thriving space for Lee Jae-dong. Both Starcraft: Brood War and Starcraft II have been easily quashed by Jaedong, making him the most famous player in that particular franchise. This 26-year-old player is the 34th highest-paid professional gamers in the world. Also, among all the Starcraft players, he is the top earner by making over $611,000. Some believe he has his secret charm or technology that is helping him, but none of it actually exists; he is an excellent gamer.
You can either be a random, casual gamer who is here to explore a game and have fun with online friends or take your role seriously and become a professional esports gamer. When you are considering the latter, it means that you love the idea of pro gaming and see it more than just a source of recreation. If you have been spending an hour every day in gaming to have some fun, maybe you can dedicate this time to consider pro gaming. The esports industry is growing with every new game in the market. It is the right time to consider this as a career, and here is how you can do it.
Train for competitions
The sooner you are preparing for a new game’s tournaments, the better. You need to keep up with all the gamers who have joined the game just like you. You do not want to be the last one to reach the highest skills in the game. If you are good as a genre like FPS, practice an FPS game every day until you can compete at professional level competitions. Do not be afraid of losing a thousand times. Your aim is to get your name among the pros out there and come into the radar of pro gaming leagues of the game.
Have the right setup
You cannot give your best in the game when your PC is only able to deliver 40 fps in a game you are practising. It does not matter how bad you want to level up your game if your PC is a potato. You need the right investment in your gaming gear an find a machine can give you the desired 150 fps or more so you can experience the smooth game with standard quality graphics. Refer to the gaming PCs and gear that the pro players use to create your own gaming setup.
Build a brand
Entering pro-level esports is easy. You can register your team in a pro league and come in the top 10 to appear in the news charts. But if you do not have a brand image to back your team, you will be forgotten in no time no matter how good your team performed. Even when you win the entire championship, you will have to consider building a brand right there and then. Your gaming personality will help your professional career to get more brands to work with you, only when you have your own.
Build a network
While you are planning to build your fan base with a brand name, you also need to come under the radar of your rivals and fellow gamers. The network does not mean having just your friends to hand out with, but members of popular teams, gaming brands, and other pro gamers that you admire. Get to know them actively and create an impact in the gaming community while endorsing your career among them. Introducing yourself to these people can get you more sponsorships and events in the future that will help your career.
We cannot deny that no matter how much we love playing our favourite games on the PC, we get tired sitting in front of it and require constant rest. The developers took this problem seriously enough to bless the gaming community with mobile versions of their games. MOBAs like League of Legends by Riot Games will soon be available on Mobile platforms, and no one can guess how it will change mobile gaming for the future. Anyways, several other PC game titles are already available on Android and iOS devices. If you have been a fan of one of the games on this list, then there is good news for you.
The biggest card battle RPG strategy game with the biggest gaming community around the world is available on mobile platforms to play for free. This game by Blizzard Entertainment is something you cannot miss in mobile gaming.
There are plenty of mobile racers available for gamers, but nothing beats the gameplay and visuals of GRID Autosport by Feral Interactive. If you want to enjoy a realistic premium racing experience, then this is the game you are looking for.
Max Payne Mobile
Every 90s kid remembers Max Payne and is connected emotionally to the character and the game due to its revolutionary game and storyline. Max Payne Mobile from Rockstar Games is now available on mobile platforms for you to relive the most engaging story of the era.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Originally appeared as an Xbox game, Star War: Knights of the Old Republic was different from any other mediocre Star Wars game. This game by Bioware is the one to look out for if you are a Star Wars fan. It is a hardcore RPG and keeps you engages in the story until the end.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition
No gamer can deny that Minecraft has been the best survival game of all time which gave different perspectives to gamers about how a game can be played. Gamers have build pieces of art from monuments to sculptures, dungeons, to supercomputers withing the game. The good news is that Minecraft is available as a pocket version for mobile phones.
Tekken is a 1v1 fighting game by Bandai Namco that has always been a popular battle game among gamers. Tekken 7 is the latest edition to the PC and Consoles that have worldwide tournaments every year. Tekken is also available on mobile platforms today and provides equally entertaining fights and your favourite characters in the game.
GTA San Andreas
The most popular game in the Rockstar’s GTA series after GTA V, San Andreas is now available on Android and iOS as a paid version. You can now pocket your favourite childhood open-world game and play it anywhere you want to get back in action with Carl.
Esports is among the fastest-growing industries in 2020 due to better quality games and the current pandemic situation that is keeping people at home. The esports events are now having bigger prize pools than ever due to the growing popularity of multiplayer games. While we only knew a few multiplayer games to host esports tournaments in the past, like CSGO and DOTA2, there are several games available today that are investing in tournaments to grow their gaming community. Here is a list of top esports games to play in 2020.
League of Legends
LOL by Riot Games has been one of the biggest esports games ever since it made its appearance in 2009. This MOBA is similar to Valve’s DOTA2, where each team of five players compete in an arena to destroy each other’s bases. In 2020, LOL has over 100 million active players on PC and the prize pool reaching up to $9 million. The players are also waiting for the mobile version of LOL that will be available on all Android and iOS devices soon.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
CSGO has been a controversial game where the gamers are never sure of how long it can continue to be among the top multiplayer games. Surprisingly, CSGO is still one of the highest played games. It was released by Valve in 2012, and ever since then, it has been gaining popularity around the world. The prize pool for CSGO tournaments in 2020 is projected to be around $20 million with an average viewer expectancy of 200k for every game.
Fortnite was one of the fastest trending multiplayer games in its genre, even after the success of its early competitor PUBG. It is a free to play battle royale game by Epic Games, launched in 2017. Its quirky mechanics and enjoyable open-world made it popular among the younger generation of gamers immediately to become the most popular BR in the world by 2018. The expected prize pool for Fortnite in 2020 is around $7 million with average viewer expectancy of 150-200k. Considering there battle royal trend is slowly wearing off from gamers, it is hard to say how long Fortnite can make the gamers stay.
Valorant by Riot Games is the newest 5v5 FPS games to arrive in 2020, and it has taken the gamers by storm due to so many reasons. Valorant runs on the same mechanics as that of CSGO, but what makes it unique is its special ability heroes that makes the game even more challenging. There are a total of 11 different heroes to play the game in a team of five. Each hero has special abilities while keeping the FPS and game objective the same as CSGO. Riot Games has done a good job learning from CSGO and use a new idea that took it a level higher than CSGO. Although the game has newly arrived, it is growing popularity among gamers so fast that we can expect a surprise tournament news anytime soon.
Making survival games has always been a challenge for developers as they need to create a perfect balance between the game mechanics and keeping is real. While Minecraft has never grown old as a survival game, gamers are interested in trying out something new in the survival genre, which can create the same impact as Minecraft. Here is a list of top survival games that have the largest gaming community in this genre.
Rust starts as a very simple game which drops you clueless and naked in the middle of nowhere where you start smashing rocks and cutting down trees to build yourself tools and shelter. While you protect yourself, you can get raided by players who have already built themselves some good bases and weaponry. It may seem a bit unfair to fight an armed man with just a stick, but that is how rust is. Once you start building your own things, you will get a hand of the game and start enjoying this unfair means of matchmaking.
Scum was introduced in 2018 as an early access game on Steam and the gamers enjoyed its first appearance very much. It is set on a maximum-security prison island where everyone survives alone or with a group. The best part about Scum is the graphics and simulation type gameplay. You can track who you eat and excrete and keep a record for almost everything you carry with you in the game. The game only gets more complicated as you try to understand it more so we suggest that you only start this if you have enough time and patience to go over every little detail that will help your survival.
One of the best zombie genre games to play has to be DayZ which offers you pure survival in the apocalypse. There is not much crafting work to do, and the only objective of the game is to survive an open world filled with zombies. However, you need to make sure that you are eating and drinking enough. Also, if you get sick, you die quickly, so you need to pay attention to any symptoms that appear dangerous. It is best to be played with a partner who can back you up in wars with the zombie waves.
The Forest is a plane crash survivor game that can turn into a bloody cannibalistic world really quick. You start by picking your wreckage from the crash site and build yourself a shelter. Soon you discover that there is a tribe on the island that feeds on human flesh. Your only mission is to not get caught by these food seekers while also keeping yourself fed and hydrated. You will build your own tents and log homes, traps, and resources to keep yourself safe from animals and cannibals. The game has stunning visual and effects and also has a VR version to add more adventure.
If you have been a fan of games like DayZ and World War Z, you will love this list of zombie survival games that you can play on your Android or iOS device. Zombie games are becoming popular on mobile platforms after battle royale games like PUBG Mobile and MOBAs like Mobile Legends. These mobile zombie survival games are not shot to win type games and can teach you a lot of things from building a safe house to manage your food supply so you can survive longer. You must also see that you do not get infected or devoured by a zombie.
Last Day On Earth
Last Day on Earth is a zombie MMO where your goal is to survive as many days as you can. You can only trust yourself in the game to stay alive and manage your character’s hunger, thirst, health, and resources from weapons to transport. You will also raid several locations around the map to find loot that will help you build a better survival base.
Z Shelter is a post-apocalypse zombie survival game based on a region that got infected by a zombie virus and turned most citizens into zombies. Your objective in Z Shelter is to build weapons and strong shelter to survive zombie waves. You will also meet partners who will help you with supplies and protection during the zombie wars.
Into the Dead 2
Into the Dead 2 is a sequel to the original version after its success. The protagonist in the story travels through a zombie apocalypse to save his family. You can find different weapons during your journey to protect yourself from the upcoming zombie waves and do everything it takes to survive so you can see your family.
Last Shelter is quite a different game in this genre which is based on Nation vs Nation post-apocalyptic war strategy game rather than personal survival. You take the role of a leader to build small settlements around a zombie struck the world and build your empire to go on a never-ending war with other empires.
State of Survival
State of Survival is an FPS multiplayer zombie game based on a make your own story theme. You need to construct your own survival story picking up different options throughout your missions. It makes the game different from other zombie survival games that you can try out once to get the taste.
Prey Day is an MMO RPG zombie game that combines shooting and strategy gameplay into a single world. Every survivor’s goal in the game is to defend their base from zombies and mutants. You can explore the city and kill different types of zombies while collecting loot that will be beneficial for your base.