What is eSports? Accredited disciplines and popular games26 February 2018
Computer games stopped being just an entertainment in 1997 when the CPL was founded and created the first Quake tournament. Russia became the world’s first country to officially recognize eSports games. The list of countries recognizing eSports is still growing, and the industry is attracting multimillion investments worldwide.
As of today, the Russian Federation has admitted 4 eSports disciplines. The list:
- competitive puzzles;
- fighting arena;
- technical simulator;
- real-time strategy.
Taking into account the concept of eSports, and this is initially sports, not every game will be appropriate for the competition. It is skills rather than the chance that should prevail in games.
ESports games: the list of top 7 popular disciplines
1. Dota 2
Dota 2, which long needs no introductions, is ranked first. It engages hundreds of millions of people all over the world, while prize pools of championships contain six zero sums.
2. League of Legends
It is the second RPG eSports game in terms of popularity. In 2013, the US Government officially recognized League of Legends players as athletes.
3. Heroes of the Storm
It is a quite sought-after eSports area. Heroes of the Storm developed by Blizzard is appreciated by gamers from all over the globe due to its simplicity, fascination, and usability.
Extremely popular Hearthstone is a common thing in eSports championships. In 2014, Hearthstone was even honored with its own world championship with a prize pool of $300 000.
5. StarCraft 2
StarCraft 2 is a popular space strategy that has won over dozens of millions of players across the globe. Besides, there are StarCraft game leagues. One also regularly holds various championships and competitions.
Counter-Strike has been being the world’s best-known online shooter for more than 10 years. It is obvious that that this game is also involved in tournaments. Moreover, Counter-Strike has firmly established itself in the eSports niche.
7. Mortal Kombat
legendary fighting, as well as Dota 2, needs no introductions. Several generations of gamers have been playing Mortal Kombat since the end of 1880s. One annually holds all kinds of such championships with multimillion prize pools.