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.