Esports is becoming more popular every day, and there are so many esports games and activities out there that it can be confusing for a newbie. If you dream of becoming a professional video game player, you need to turn your attention to the best esports games listed in the article; they have achieved success due to the high interest from the community around them or due to strong support from the developers.
Best esports games 2021
This list includes games whose total prize fund for 2020-2021 is more than $ 100,000 for all events.
1. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
CS: GO is so popular among gamers; in 2020, the game from Riot Games remains the best esports game worldwide; in terms of the number of views, and the attention from the developers, and the level of professionalism of teams and players.
CS: GO not only keeps the popularity bar but is also actively gaining a new audience. CS: GO is undoubtedly one of the most influential games for the development of esports discipline in the mainstream.
2. Dota 2
Dota 2 is also one of the most popular esports games worldwide. The International Main Event is the largest competitive gaming event worldwide and the most-watched esports show on Twitch. Unfortunately, The International 2020 was cancel due to the pandemic, and The International 2021 is starting from October 2021.
3. League of legends
In 2020, League of Legends was not inferior in the number of tournaments and the total prize pool to its main competitor, Dota 2.
It is especially gratifying that all the major LoL tournaments have been held despite the coronavirus restrictions. The regional leagues were almost everywhere moved online without any problems. The World Championship took place in a bubble.
Fortnite has been ranked among the best esports games by popularity and prize pool since 2019. Despite the coronavirus, the authors of the game delight fans not only with cool updates and events. Fortnite does not forget about esports, too: in 2020. There were over a hundred online tournaments in which more than $ 7,000,000 were played. Of course, this is only a tenth of last year’s figures – the World Cup is very much lacking. But Twitch viewership suggests that Fortnite remains one of the most played online games worldwide; while still having decent esports potential.
5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
The multi-year FPS franchise is well known for its incredibly competitive gaming communities, with professional esports tournaments.
6. Call of Duty: Warzone
Free battle royale based on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare released in 2020. New and popular esports discipline.
7. PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
PUBG Mobile is famous for its attractive survival gameplay that has long owned a large fan base around the globe. The variety of maps in the game, eye-catching graphics, realistic sounds, and many new events make PUBG Mobile always at the top of the hottest esports game.
8. Rainbow six siege
Developed by Ubisoft and released in 2015, a tactical first-person shooter that supports and hosts esports tournaments. Its Six Invitational 2021 main event took place in May.
Hearthstone is a collectible card game based on the Warcraft universe. The developers actively support ongoing qualifiers, international tournaments, and weekly top-tier competitions for the best players.
10. Rocket league
On the one hand, it is a simple arcade racing game in the football genre, and on the other, it is one of the most challenging team esports disciplines in the world.
Although the shooter from Riot came out more than a year ago, it took the developers time to create the conditions for esports players. But in the fall, the first commercial events took place, and towards the end of 2020, information appeared about the first professional season, and regional championships took place.
The first tournaments showed that the competitive Valorant already attracting the audience and has the potential to become one of the top disciplines next year.
12. Starcraft ii
SC2 is a real-time strategy game and the most popular RTS game, where it thrives on the competitive esports scene. It will surprise some of you, but one of the oldest esports disciplines continues to hold its positions at the top even after so many years. StarCraft is popular both in Korea and abroad, with over 300 tournaments held this year. Only CS: GO has more (562).
13. Magic: The Gathering Arena
Magic the gathering arena is a collectible card game where you can take part in a seasonal league with prize money of about $ 400,000.
14. Gears 5
The game has a professional esports league SPLIT 2 PRO LEAGUE, the main events of which are actively held in such areas as North America and Latin America.
15. WarCraft III: Reforged
The failure of Reforged severely crippled the players’ interest not only in the game but also in the professional scene. What remains is the ESL Pro Tour, an annual competition that brings together the past legacy of Blizzard, DreamHack, and ESL.