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The History of Battle Royale Esports

The History of Battle Royale Esports

The history of battle royale esportsAs one of the younger esports game genres, Battle Royale has seen mass adoption and continuous innovation in a relatively short span of...

The History of Real-Time Strategy Esports

The History of Real-Time Strategy Esports

The history of RTS esports If you were around for the RTS boom of the late nineties and early noughties, you’re likely no more of a stranger to the genre than you are a...

The History of MOBA Esports

The History of MOBA Esports

The history of MOBA esports MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) is a game genre that has kept on pulling players into the esports scene for well over a decade now....

The History of FPS Esports

The History of FPS Esports

The history of FPS esports First Person Shooters (FPS) has been one of the most popular esports games for well over 20 years now. With fast-paced action and a lot of...

Esports Streaming Platforms

Esports Streaming Platforms

Esports streaming platforms Without streaming platforms, the esports ecosystem would have to rely on traditional television and pre-recorded videos in order to broadcast...

Esports Sponsors

Esports Sponsors

Esports sponsors Sponsors for esports, also known as ‘the money people’, are the entities that allow professional gaming to exists in its current form. Just about everywhere...

Esports Tournament Organizers

Esports Tournament Organizers

Esports tournament organizers Esports tournament organizers are a vital part of the esports ecosystem. They are the nexus between professional gamers and sponsors. They...

Esports Players and Teams

Esports Players and Teams

Esports players and teams Any activity that revolves around fans watching people be good at something requires one critical element: ‘The talent’. The talent is composed of...

Esports Game Publishers

Esports Game Publishers

Esports game publishers At the heart of any good sports system are the fans who bring so much to the table: Passion, energy, and of course money. That remains true for the...

Esports in 2021

Esports in 2021

Prediction: Esports in 2021 With esports continuing to go from strength to strength, it’s interesting to look at what trends are predicted for 2021. Despite the difficult...

How to Become a Pro Gamer (2021)

How to Become a Pro Gamer (2021)

How to become a pro gamer (2021) Being a pro gamer and getting paid for competing in esports competitions… It’s what dreams are made of. However, it’s not as easy as...

How to Find a Job in Esports (2021)

How to Find a Job in Esports (2021)

How to find a job in esports (2021)  Esports is a rapidly growing industry that offers a wide variety of career options, not only for gamers but also for people with other...

Biggest esports games in 2021

League of Legends, CS:GO, DOTA 2, and Fortnite have been four of the biggest esports games in for several years now. How this is measured, is either in terms of peak viewers, peak players, or by tournament prize pools.

When calculated by the total amount of tournament prize pools in 2020, CS:GO was the biggest in 2020 with a total of over 15 million USD in prize pools according to Esportsearnings.com. In 2021 PUBG has been the biggest with a total of awarded prizes of over 14 million USD when combining numbers from all platforms mobile, desktop, and console.

If looking at the number of active players, League of Legends was the most played esports game in 2020 with over 100 million active players in total.

In 2021, new up-and-coming titles Apex Legends and Valorant have started rising in the ranks. We listed the biggest and most popular esports games in 2021 ranked by the amount of average monthly players.

1. League of Legends

The key to immortality? Not dying!” — Master Yi, the Wuju Bladesman

League of Legends

If you know anything about esports, you know League of Legends is one of the most most popular esports games around. 

Key info:
– Average monthly players: +80 million
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +86,000,000$
– Developed by: Riot Games
– Release year: 2009
– Top players of all time: Faker, Rekkles, Caps, Rookie, JackeyLove

2. Fortnite

Latest news about Fortnite and community discussion

A battle royale, where 100 players are thrown out from a flying bus across the map and put to fight for their survival to be the last man standing. 

Key info:
– Average monthly players: +70 million
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +108,000,000$
– Developed by: Epic Games
– Release year: 2017
– Top players of all time: Arkhram, JannisZ, Chapix, Jahq, Rehx

3. Valorant

I got your backs… just, you know, from the front” — Jett

Valorant information

Fresh new free-to-play FPS esports game combining all the best parts from CS:GO, Overwatch, and other well-known FPS titles.

Key info:
– Average monthly players: +14 million
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +7,000,000$
– Developed by: Riot Games
– Release year: 2020
– Top players of all time: TenZ, Jamppi, ScreaM, SicK, derke

4. Arena of Valor

Arena of Valor mobile esports

Top-performing mobile MOBA esports game in China.

Key info:
– Average monthly players: +12 million
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +34,000,000$
– Developed by: Garena, Netmarble, PROXIMA BETA
– Release year: 2016
– Top players of all time: Fly, XiaoPang, 1dao, fanfan, XiangYu

5. Overwatch

Overwatch

Team-based multiplayer shooter with complex tactics and strategies you can implement to get an edge.

Key info:
– Average monthly players: +5 million
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +28,000,000$
– Developed by: Blizzard Entertainment
– Release year: 2016
– Top players of all time: Saebyeolbe, Fearless, Hanbin, Jjonak, EVERMORE

6. Hearthstone

Hearthstone

Simple in appearance, wildly funny. One of Hearthstone’s strengths is it’s addictive and easy to learn game mechanics. 

– Average monthly players: +3 million
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +25,000,000$
– Developed by: Blizzard
– Release year: 2014
– Top players of all time: glory, Jarla, Dengxu, Thijs, Kolento

7. PUBG

PUBG banner

Globally played battle royale game that is most well known for popularizing the whole battle royale genre through Twitch streams.

Key info:
– Average monthly players: +0,52 million
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +33,000,000$
– Developed by: PUBG Corporation
– Release year: 2016
– Top players of all time: Loki, ESTH3R, PIO, mxey, fuzzface

8. CS:GO

Watch out. These boys have got a bit of an arsenal and they don’t mind using it!” — CT’s

Best CS:GO teams, match results and latest news

The 4th version in the legendary Counter-Strike series which has been one most dominating FPS esports games out there since early 2000.

Key info:
– Average monthly players: +0,5 million
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +120,000,000$
– Developed by: Valve Corporation & Hidden Path Entertainment
– Release year: 2012
– Top players of all time: S1mple, dev1ce, gla1ve, GeT_RiGhT, EliGE

9. DOTA 2

Well, some people ask if I’m really a king. And I always wonder why no one asks if I’m really a monkey.” — Monkey King

Dota 2

Globally played MOBA strategy esports and is most well-known by the yearly tournament The International.

Key info:
– Average monthly players: +0,4 million
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +235,000,000$
– Developed by: Valve Corporation
– Release year: 2013
– Top players of all time: N0tail, JerAx, Topson, Ceb, ana

10. Call of Duty: Warzone

Call of Duty: Warzone

A legendary Call of Duty series game turned into a popular team-based battle royal genre.

Key info:
– Average monthly players: +0,25 million
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +6,000,000$
– Developed by: Activision
– Release year: 2020
– Top players of all time: Aydan, Rated, Tommey, HusKerrs, SuperEvan

11. Apex Legends

Apex Legends

Team-based battle royal style game where each hero character has specific skills and tactics that distinguish them in combat, known as Legends.

Key info:
– Average monthly players: +0,12 million
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +8,000,000$
– Developed by: Respawn Entertainment & Electronic Arts
– Release year: 2019
– Top players of all time: ImperiaHal, Albralerie, clawz, Reps, Reptal, iShiny

12. Rocket League

Best Rocket League teams, match results and latest news

Rocket-powered car soccer game Rocket League has won more than 150 Game of the Year awards.

– Average monthly players: +60,000
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +14,000,000$
– Developed by: Psyonix
– Release year: 2015
– Top players of all time: Turbopolsa, ViolentPanda, Arsenal, Fairy Peak, Kaydop

13. Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

Tactical shooter which is made available on several different gaming platforms.

– Average monthly players: +50,000
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +18,000,000$
– Developed by: Ubisoft
– Release year: 2015
– Top players of all time: Pengu, Psycho, Kantoraketti, Canadian, jOONAS

14. Starcraft 2

Starcraft 2 banner

A real-time strategy game that has been around for over a decade now, with a plethora of skilled players competing in esports competitions.

Key info:
– Average monthly players: +35,000
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +35,000,000$
– Developed by: Blizzard Entertainment
– Release year: 2010
– Top players of all time: Serral, Maru, Clem, Dark, ByuN

15. Smite

Smite MOBA

Easy to learn MOBA game where you can be a God, a Goddess, a mythological creature.

– Average monthly players: +13,000
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +9,200,000$
– Developed by: Hi Rez Studios, Titan Forge Games
– Release year: 2014
– Top players of all time: BaRRaCCuDDa, JeffHindla, Andinster, MLCst3alth, Omegatron

16. Quake Champions

Quake Champions

The fifth game in the legendary Quake game series. 

– Average monthly players: +600
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +2,700,000$
– Developed by: Bethesda
– Release year: 2017
– Top players of all time: rapha, DaHang, k1llsen, Cooller, clawz, vengeurR

17. Diabotical

Latest news about Diabotical and community discussion

A fresh new fast-paced multiplayer Arena FPS set in a colorful robot universe that features gameplay similar to Quake III Arena and its successors.

– Average monthly players: +200
– Total prize money awarded in tournaments: +100,000$
– Developed by: GD Studio & Epic Games
– Release year: 2020
– Top players of all time: agent, Karwik, ZorakWar, rapha, DaHang

What is esports?

The word “esports” comes from “electronic sports” which is the common word when talking about any competitive or organized online game. Some of the best-known esports titles are games such as Valorant, CS:GO, Rocket League, Overwatch, League of Legends, Call of Duty, Dota2 and Apex Legends. All these games combined are watched and followed by hundreds of millions of esports fans from all over the world. 

And it’s not all just fun and games when people talk about esports. Esports is a megatrend that attracts a high number of both players and viewers, and that way creates a lot of high economic opportunities for the companies working in the industry. Alongside esports, new rising streaming media such as Twitch and Youtube are already collecting big bucks from esports viewers as they have understood the high value of this computerized media and helping the industry to grow by offering services that benefit both sides.

How to watch esports?

Add streaming platforms Twitch, Youtube Gaming, and Theta to your browser bookmarks to have fast and easy access to esports live streams. Unlike traditional sports events, esports events are not often being broadcasted by your local TV channel.

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