The Most Popular Video Games in eSports
For many people, it is hard to believe that video games went from a fun, kids’, pastime, to a multimillion-dollar industry. The number of video games being sold and produced has drastically increased in the past decade, and video games have become a lot more mature, cinematic, and respected by the mainstream.
With the popularity of video games, comes the popularity of competitive gaming, or e-sports (shorthand for electronic sports). Video game competitions have been around since the arcades of the 20th century, but it was only recently that the world of eSports has become a massive, global phenomenon.
With eSports’ massive popularity, of course, come the people who like to spice up these competitions by starting up betting pools. Esports has become a very popular sport to bet on, surpassing certain, more traditional sports, which have been a staple of the betting world. eSports betting can only get bigger in the future, with the advent of online casinos like Novibet casino, which not only allow for gambling fans to play their favorite casino games from the comfort of home but also allow for bet placements on most of the popular betting sports out there.
For those unfamiliar with the world of eSports, in this article we will take a look at the most popular games in the world of eSports.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The Counter-Strike series has been going since 1999, and reached its peak in 2012, with the release of Global Offensive. CS:GO, as it is commonly abbreviated, is a first-person shooter that pits two teams, the terrorist and the anti-terrorist team, against each other on a given map. The goal is to either accomplish the mission given to either team or to simply score the biggest number of “kills” for one’s team.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was hugely successful upon release, and to this day has a vibrant eSports scene, with patches and updates being released regularly. The current top-ranked player in CS:GO is Mathieu Herbaut, a French player with the moniker ZywOo.
Since its release in 2017, Fortnite has become one of the most popular games among pro-players, and casual players alike. The game features three different game modes, with overall similar gameplay, but just enough difference to keep the game fun and engaging.
In 2021, is still alive, and going strong, despite the Fortnite World Cup being canceled. The best team that stood out in the past year was 100 Thieves, with star players Diego Palma and Brodie Franks taking the top 2 spots as the best players of 2021.
The sequel to the original Defenders of the Ancients was released in 2013 and has since become one of the most beloved, and popular eSport games. The game is a multiplayer, online, battle arena (MOBA), which allows players to pick a “hero” and fight alongside a team. The goal is to capture and destroy the enemy base. The current top-ranked player in DOTA 2 is Ukrainian Miroslaw Kolpakov.
DOTA and DOTA 2 are spin-offs of the popular fantasy game Warcraft III, the third installment in a series of real-time strategy games, which is often featured on “Top 10” lists.