Welcome to the 2nd episode of our newly launched series on ‘Events that gave Esports a major boost’.
In our earlier blog, we discussed how the organization of an Esports tournament helps gamers on the social and financial front. Also, discovered the financial impact gaming has had in India over the course of the last few years.
The latter part of the blog ended with some major Esports tournaments being held annually and participated globally. This blog will take on from here.
If you haven’t checked out Part 1 of this series, you can find it here:
In the pursuit of elaborating how impactful Esports events are and will be for the future of the gaming industry as a whole, we shall divide this blog into two segments - The most popular and hyped tournament games and the biggest Esport events covered in the history of gaming so far.
While defining and continuing the list of Esport events that shaped the gaming industry and overturned the social and financial status of the gamers, it becomes essential that we recognize and understand the above two mentioned segments.
Let’s uncover both of them!
Most popular and hyped tournament games
There are a lot of games available. However, only a select few games lend themselves to the tournament format. We'll give you a quick rundown of the top three competitive games:
The acronym CS: GO refers to the online tactical shooter computer game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. For control of the map, two teams of five players each compete against one another.
Bomb defusion is the scenario that is most frequently used, in which the "terrorists" are tasked with setting up and guarding a bomb site. The "counter-terrorists" must then disarm the explosives in order to thwart the terrorists. The terrorists will understand the point if the bomb is put and set off. The teams switch roles after a certain number of rounds. The first team to 16 points after 30 rounds of play between the two teams wins the set. The first team to win two sets in a best-of-three scenario triumph. The first team to three sets wins the match and advances to the next round in a best-of-five scenario.
League of Legends
League of Legends, usually known as LoL, is a free multiplayer online battle arena game (MOBA). In the real-time strategy game League of Legends, two teams face off against one another and attempt to capture each other's bases on a map that is shaped like an arena.
5v5 maps are typically used for tournament play. The map is split in half, giving each team a region with the main building. To take control of your opponent's main structure is the goal of the game.
A typical game lasts between 15 and 60 minutes. There are best of 1, best of 3, and best of 5 situations, just like in CS: GO. Riot Games, the company behind League of Legends, typically organizes esports competitions.
The real-time strategy MOBA game Dota 2 was created by Valve. The game mechanics of League of Legends and Dota 2 are remarkably similar. The goal is to take over your opponent's base in Dota 2. Dota 2 is far more tactical and less focused on a single-game character thanks to the abilities of the many playable heroes. DOTA is a hugely varied game with over a hundred heroes to pick from.
Teams of five players compete in the game. Each round lasts between 15 and 60 minutes. Depending on the event, the tournament situation varies. A team must lose twice to be eliminated in a double knockout format.
The biggest Esport events covered in the history of gaming
In the previous segment, we uncovered three of the best tournament games that are played and participated globally in massive numbers. Just a reminder for our readers- When we best tournament games, we don’t refer to the best or most competitive games so far. We just focus on the games which have historically been the most popular in terms of their tournament events.
Now, let’s discuss how the Esport events of these games are being held. We have a list of the Top 5 biggest Esport tournaments organized:
League of Legends World Championship 2015
The first event on this list was watched for a total of 386,000,000 hours by 36,000,000 different people. Although it has since been eclipsed, this specific event set records for viewership and was a turning moment in the development of eSports.
Riot Games conducted its sixth World Championship in Paris, London, Brussels, and Berlin between October 1 and October 31, 2015. On League of Legends Patch 5.18, 16 teams competed against one another for a share of the $2,130,000 prize pool.
The competition was held in the "Le Dock Pullman" venue in Paris, the "SSE Arena Wembley" in London, the "Brussels Expo" in Brussels, and the "Mercedes-Benz Arena" in Berlin. 43,000 spectators showed up as a result of all those.
The event received extensive coverage, garnering 500,000 Twitch views on the Riot Games channel, 240,000 Youtube views on the Riot Games channel there, and 30,000 Youtube views on the New Viewers Stream—a fantastic educational tool for people with less experience.
CFS World Championship 2017
The following event has a total of 6,537,068 hours of viewing by 37,000,000 different people. This event was based in China, and the bulk of its viewers was Chinese, two years after its predecessor in this list.
Twelve teams competed for an $850,000 prize fund in the Xi'an Gymnasium. From November 30 to December 3, 2017, they engaged in an online play of SmileGate's first-person shooter game Crossfire for PC.
Among the many that watched the Chinese squad Super Valiant Gaming win it all were 18,394 Twitch watchers. In actuality, domestic viewers made up the vast majority. The peak for Chinese platforms was 914,182 views, compared to 323 for English platforms and just 133 for Russian platforms.
League of Legends World Championship 2016
RiotGames once again set records with their 43,000,000 unique viewers and 370,000,000 total hours watched the year before the CFS tournament took place. There was an increase of 9,000,000 views from the 2015 World Championship, which is a remarkable improvement for the ESL.
Between the dates of September 29 and October 29, 2016, this event travelled throughout the country, starting and finishing on the west coast. On the 6.18 version of the game, the standard 16 teams faced off against one another, fervently competing for the $5,070,000 prize pool.
The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, the Chicago Theatre in the Windy City, Madison Square Garden in New York, and finally the Staples Center in Los Angeles were the first venues where these competitions were held. A total of 47,268 spectators attend those events at all of those venues.
Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2017
The largest eSports tournament ever, sponsored by Intel, took home the silver medal on this list. Everyone engaged in its organisation expressed great delight and joy at being recognised as such an epic event. This tournament garnered 46,000,000 unique viewers and racked up a total of 19,744,073 hours watched, surpassing LOL World Championship 2016 by a few million.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO), League of Legends, and StarCraft II contests were held at Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice as opposed to the typical championship for a single game.
A well-known first-person shooter PC game in the eSports category, CSGO is known for its frantic and highly tactical gameplay. Blizzard Entertainment's StarCraft II stands out from the competition with its teamless real-time strategic gameplay. In other words, it's a game where being strategic and preparing ahead are both required and advantageous.
12 teams competed for the relatively low prize pool of $250,000 in the Spodak Arena, which was packed with 173,000 people. On two separate weekends—February 25–26, 2017; and March 3–5, 2017—Katowice, the Polish city where this event was held, was overrun with eSports enthusiasts.
LoL Mid-Season Invitational 2018
The biggest eSports event in history, which is the winner of this list, isn't even a championship! This Round Robin invitational's 60,000,000 unique viewers serve as "evidence A" for how popular eSports have become. 2,077,897,606 total hours were watched due to this event alone. A billion and two hours. That is very enormous, and that is the eSports world.
14 teams competed against one another on League of Legends 8.8 in Riot European Studios in Adlershof, Germany, and Le Zénith in Paris, France. 448,451 peak Twitch viewers, 426,296 peak Youtube viewers, and an average of 24,590,504 concurrent viewers watched this event. Anyone with access to the internet could view the event.
From May 3 to May 20, 2018, this massive event took place. The total prize fund was $1,370,520, and team RNG won the competition. Given the size of the tournament overall, the reward pool was disappointing; nonetheless, it makes sense that a prize pool for an invitational would be smaller than one for a championship.
We hope the insights provided were helpful to you in your endeavor to become the next E-sports star! For such amazing content, stay tuned and you should download the Tournafest app from Google Play or the App Store to compete in Esports Tournaments and Scrims for games such as BGMI, Free Fire MAX, and Call of Duty and win exciting prizes! You may also organize tournaments and fetch unmatched perks.
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