eSports commonly refers to organized multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players. The most common video game genres associated with electronic sports are real-time strategy, fighting, first-person shooter, and multiplayer online battle arena. Tournaments such as The International Dota 2 Championships, the League of Legends World Championship, the Battle.net World Championship Series, the Evolution Championship Series, the Intel Extreme Masters, provide both live broadcasts of the competition, and cash prizes to competitors.
Nowadays eSports have become very popular so there are bethouses where you can bet for your preferred team when there is a tournament, the betting houses are supporting now e-sports as it is the new trend over the world, where each year more and more people play and watch these tournaments online using streaming services like twitch.tv having even more viewers than the famous NBA.
There are many different games that host professional gamers, but first let me tell you quickly what a professional gamer is, it is a player that has a lot more skill than normal casual players by training a lot and having more developed skills like reaction, tactics, and other skills required for each game.
- League of Legends: This is a Real time Strategy game where 2 teams of 5 players each have to fight each other, the main goal is destroying the other teams base core. In this game you can pick and control a single hero to fight for your team, there are 5 different kind of roles inside a team, and also different kind of heroes.
- Dota 2: Similar kind of game than League of Legends but with more complex systems, so it is usually harder to learn and understand at first than LoL, this game has very big prizes on their tournaments and its one of the most played RTS games.
- Counter-Strike Global Offensive: Team based shooter, where terrorist fight’s against Counter-terrorists, the main goal for the CT’s is defeating the terrorist by defusing the bomb or killing them, for the terrorists it is planting the bomb till it explodes or kill all the CT’s. This game requires lot of skill to be a professional, like aim, reaction times, strategy, and teamplay.
- Starcraft 2: The StarCraft series is one held in high esteem in the professional gaming world. That’s because the skill level required to play at the top end of StarCraft is exceptionally difficult to achieve. It’s also important to note that South Korea has a huge stranglehold on StarCraft and StarCraft 2 in terms of eSports. Of the top 20 highest earning players for StarCraft 2, 19 are from South Korea. It’s long been seen as the most popular game in the country, and many see it as the national sport.
- Call of Duty: Like CounterStrike, Call of Duty has seen moderate success in the eSports arena. It still hasn’t racked up the level of hype that rival shooter Halo sees, but there’s a dedicated following and plenty of money to be made. Total prize money for most of the series’ games have amounted to upwards of $1 million, and that’s thanks in part to the huge success of the games among casual players. The entire franchise has reportedly sold over 150,000,000 units since the first Call of Duty game launched back in 2003.