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.