What are the Biggest Games in eSports?

The biggest games in e-Sports can be broken down into the following tiers:

TIER 1 – These games reflect the story of e-Sports and have potential for future growth. They consistently lead in audience size.

Dota 2 (Valve – Private): Defense of the Ancients 2 or simply Dota 2 is a multi-player online battle arena (MOBA) developed and published by Valve Corporation for e-sports.

League of Legends (Riot Games / Tencent – 700.HK): League of Legends (“LoL” or “League”) is another MOBA.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve – Private): is the world’s leading first-person shooter Esport.

TIER 1A – Although they lack the story of their Tier 1 partners, these titles have been huge commercial successes.

Fortnite (Epic Games * – 700.HK): When Epic Games announced $100 million in prize money in 2019, Fortnite secured its position near the top of the eSports landscape.

Overwatch (Blizzard – ATVI): Overwatch is a “hero shooter” game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment.

TIER 2 – These titles continue to maintain large, loyal fan bases.

Call of Duty (Activision – ATVI): Call of Duty (“CoD”) is a first-person shooter developed and published by Activision.

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds (PUBG) and PUBG Mobile (Bluehole ** – 700.HK): is a Battle Royale game developed by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of the Korean gaming company Bluehole.

Rainbow Six Siege (“R6” for short) (Ubisoft – UBI FP): Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is a tactical shooter game developed and published by Ubisoft in 2015.

Rocket League (Psyonix / Epic Games * – 700.HK): Rocket League, best described as “Football with Cars” is a title developed and published by Psyonix in 2015.

Hearthstone (Blizzard – ATVI): Hearthstone is a highly successful turn-based trading card game (“CCG”) developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment.

TIER 3 – These titles have different stories and trajectories, but they all have earned a place among the largest eSports titles in the world.

StarCraft II (Blizzard – ATVI): StarCraft II has historically been one of the top eSports titles. It’s a real-time strategy game (“RTS”) developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment.

Arena of Bravery / Honor of Kings (Tencent – 700.HK): Arena of Bravery (“AoV”) is a MOBA developed and released by Tencent Games for mobile phones. According to Niko Partners, AoV 2018 was the highest-selling title in the eSports mobile segment with sales of $ 2.5 billion.

FIFA (EA Sports – EA): FIFA is a football/soccer simulation published by EA Sports, a subsidiary of Electronic Arts. With a new version released each year, FIFA is the sixth-best franchise in the history of gambling with 260 million copies were sold by 2018. 

Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment – EA) Released in February 2019 Apex Legend is the most recently released title on this list. It’s a free Battle Royale game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts.

Street Fighter V (SFV) (Capcom – 9697 JP): a fighting game released by Capcom.

Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo – 7974 JP): a fighting game franchise developed and released by Nintendo.

NBA 2K (2K Games – TTWO): The world’s most popular basketball simulation title. It is issued by 2K Sports, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive.

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