Oh, the competitive Esports scene, the culmination of blood, sweat, and tears of every contestant participating.
Drawing the eye of multiple gaming teams from all around the world there’s no grander place to showcase your talent. Even if you don’t win the big W at the end, it’s still an accomplishment to get on the biggest stage of them all.
But have you ever wondered which is the biggest one? Well, it’s relative but here are five different examples of “biggest”!
5. Honor of Kings World Champion Cup
Biggest in terms of the smallest hardware. Boasting at least 100 Million active players as of writing, Honor of Kings proves mobile Esports can play with the big hardware boys.
Honor of Kings is a Multiplayer Battle Arena (think League of Legends or Dota2) made specifically for the Chinese Mobile App Market. Bursting into the market in 2015 to a previously wide-open space of mobile gaming (then only occupied by competitor Vainglory). because it’s catered to this market this game is so popular and the Champion Cup is the proverbial Olympus every mobile gamer wants to reach.
4. EVO Championship Series
Biggest in terms of longevity? We got the Evolution Championship Series, More commonly known as EVO!
Flashback, it’s 1996 in Sunnyvale, California and you just heard that a small video game fighting tournament called B3: Battle By The Bay is on the horizon. You’ve heard of events like this but don’t really consider it. Little do you know you just passed up the chance to watch the makings of greatness.
Eventually being dubbed EVO, this tournament is the longest-running fighting event boasting a plethora of fighting games with different pedigrees from Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tekken, and Super Smash Bros. just to name a few. This is one big-name tournament with no signs of slowing down!!
3. Fortnite World Cup Champion
Biggest solo prize win of any Esports Athlete.
16-year-old Bugha nabbed the grand prize of 3 million U.S. Dollars after a crazy 10-week placing period between April to June 2019. He sure earned it in its one and only iteration in 2019 (the 2020 World cup would have pushed through if it wasn’t for Miss Rona).
2. League of Legends World Championship
If we’re talking big, this is the biggest in popularity (which goes hand in hand with League being arguably the most popular game as of 2021). With a whopping 3,985,787 viewers in the 2019 League of Legends World Championship (or more commonly known as “Worlds”).
One prominent characteristic of Worlds would be the creative and downright theatrical atmosphere showcasing it’s more than just a culmination of a long road. It fittingly feels like a celebration of the players the participated thus far.
An interesting fact is that this tourney continuously breaks viewership records each year prior. HUGE!!
1. DOTA 2 “The International”
This is the biggest one in earnings, showcasing the largest prize pool of any Esport tournament prior at $34m. That’s a lot of moolah to go around!
Beginning in 2011, The International has always had the DNA of a great tournament. starting 2013 Valve implemented a way for players to directly contribute through crowdfunding at its core, due to this it’s able to sustain this level of popularity and constantly increasing prize pool.
If you’re ever curious to see the story of The International in all its glory, A couple free documentaries titled “Free to Play” and “True Sight” are available online!
And that’s the 5 BIGGEST Esports tournaments currently going on! Now get out there and join one and achieve greatness!