Esports is just a fancy name for the games that we play on the web against other people. The only difference between games that are considered part of esports and those that aren’t is that the latter don’t have formal competitions.
Games such as League of Legends and Counter-Strike have become so popular that there are professional teams and tournaments that are followed by millions of gaming fans worldwide. The most successful teams are real rock stars in the world of esports, but instead of great guitars, they have great computer rig and are armed with outstanding gaming skills.
What really made these games sports is the fact that there are betting sites that are offering enthusiasts to place bets on their favorite teams and individuals in the esports industry. In other words, you can place bets on esports just like you place ordinary bets on ordinary sports.
So, let’s check out the most popular games that are played around the globe in various professional and amateur tournaments.
Fortnite is perhaps the most popular online game at the moment. It is developed by a company called Epic Games and was released two years ago, immediately achieving enormous success.
The game is based on the so-called Battle Royale genre. All games that belong to this category follow a similar pattern, where players must remain the only ones alive.
Every Fortnite game starts by players being dropped on a huge island in the middle of an ocean. They must find weapons and other items and kill their opponents. But there’s a twist.
As time goes by, the island is getting smaller, so players must run towards the center of it in order to survive.
League of Legends
League of Legends (which is also known as LoL) is an online multiplayer strategy game that belongs to the genre of battle arena games. The game was developed by Riot Games and is inspired by the Warcraft games and one of the most popular modes known as Defence of the Ancients (Dota).
Players get to select their champions, forming teams that spawn on the opposite side of the map. They have to destroy their opponents and their bases in order to win. To do that, teams must work together, upgrade their champions, distribute roles, and defeat enemy computer-controlled minions, as well as player-controlled champions of the opposite team.
The story of Dota is a funny one as it wasn’t even intended to be a stand-alone game. Defense of the Ancients was a mod for Warcraft III that became even more popular than the main game. At one point, there were millions of players playing Dota and completely ignoring Warcraft III.
When Riot Games made LoL, Valve Corporation decided that they should develop their own stand-alone game that they simply named Dota 2. The gameplay is identical to that of LoL, except that there are different champions with different features, and more. In other words, whoever plays LoL probably knows how to play Dota as well.
Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter developed by Valve Corporation. This game also was a mod of a game called Half-Life until it became so popular that everyone completely forgot that Half-Life had ever existed. The original CS was released in 1999, and it has been topping the online game popularity lists ever since.
Players get to choose whether they want to play as terrorists or counter-terrorist units. The goal is either to eliminate the other team or to achieve a specific task such as planting a bomb, rescuing hostages, and more.
Hearthstone became pretty popular, given that it is just a trading card game. It’s secret lies in the fact that it was made by Blizzard Entertainment, the company which made Warcraft and World of Warcraft. In fact, Hearthstone’s lore is connected to these games, as its original title was Heroes of Warcraft. The game is available for Windows and macOS computers, as well as iOS and Android phones.
The list doesn’t end here. In fact, there are dozens of games that can be played online with other players, but not all of them can be considered esports. Therefore, if you feel like competing with people around the globe, you can start by learning one of the games from the list. Mind you — all of them may seem easy to learn, but they are very difficult to master, meaning that you will have to spend hundreds of hours practicing before you can call yourself a pro.