The best eSports games for 2020: The road to professional gaming

by Hugo Hsu
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If you want to start getting into eSports, you need to find the right game. There are some top-rated games out there, many of which can rack up lots of views online and fabulous prizes. With that in mind, it’s essential to know which are some of the most popular games so that you can pick the right one.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is still one of the top competitive games right now. The game is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by both Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment. It is the fourth addition in the Counter-Strike series and was released in 2012. It’s a very old game compared to the others on this list, but it’s still one of the top games that only got better year after year.

Dota 2 

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The International 2019 | Image credit: dotesports.com

Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game developed and published by Valve. The game is a sequel to Defense of the Ancients, a community-created mod for Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft III. The game usually has a prize pool of more than US$10 million for “The International” event, and there are many other smaller events. On top of that, it does get around 800k concurrent players most of the time. It’s a great game, although it can have a very steep learning curve, so that’s something you have to keep in mind.

League of Legends

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League of Legends tournament in Australia | Image credit: dotesports.com

Speaking of MOBA games, League of Legends is a fantastic game, inspired by Defense of the Ancients. Riot Games managed to improve it continually, they added new characters, and there are also many League of Legends events all over the world. The League of Legends World Championship is the annual professional League of Legends world championship tournament hosted by Riot Games, where teams compete for the champion title for the Summoner’s Cup and a multi-million-dollar championship prize. If you want to become an eSports professional, this might be the right game for you.

Fortnite

Even if it’s new, Fortnite managed to accrue a massive audience. The game is developed by Epic Games in 2017, available in three distinct game modes. It operates under the same simple premise: When 100 players are dropped into an ever-shrinking map, either as solo operators or squads of up to four. Battle royale games have exploded in popularity over the past couple of years. Much of that initial buzz came from the success of PUBG, which predates Fortnite and plays very similarly.

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Fortnite had eSports events that collected more than US$80 million in prizes and continued to grow. Plus, the game has at least 1 million concurrent players, if not more.

Call of Duty

Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game franchise published by Activision that started in 2003, focusing on games set in World War II. 

While there is a new Call of Duty game coming every year, they are all built for competitive gameplay. Although the prize pool is significantly lower, Call of Duty games have a solid following, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. That makes them a great game to focus on if you want an eSports career.

Rainbow Six Siege

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Six Invitational 2020 | Image credit: www.foxsports.com.au

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is an online tactical shooter video game developed by Ubisoft and published in 2015. Despite being an old game, Rainbow Six Siege does not have a big prize pool, compared to DOTA 2 and League of Legends. However, the game has a lot of fans, and on top of that, it impresses players with tactics and strategies. It’s a game where it might take a little while to improve, but it’s something you can master and eventually enter the Pro leagues.

Conclusion

These are some of the best eSports games that you can play right now. If you love eSports games, don’t hesitate and check these out right now. They are exciting, fun to play, and just super enjoyable. Yes, there is a learning curve for most competitive games, but you will find yourself having fun with these all the time as you get better and better!

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