Esports are games that are played professionally and usually fit into one of a few genres. Fighting games, first-person shooters (FPS), real-time strategy (RTS), and multiplayer online battle arena games (MOBA) make up the majority of Esports titles, with MOBAs being the most popular in terms of participation and viewership. Players from all over the world compete for the prize pool. Down below, we have listed a few games that are allowed in Esports.
Individual competitions are common in the genre, with both players supplying input to the same computer. The genre began with arcade games, but as arcades became less popular, they gradually shifted to console games. The Street Fighter franchise, Mortal Kombat franchise, Marvel vs. Capcom franchise, Tekken franchise, and Super Smash Bros. franchise are all examples of professional fighting games. The Evolution Championship Series and Capcom Cup are important events for the genre, and Tougeki: Super Battle Opera was a notable tournament for several years.
Here are a few famous fighting Esport games:
- Street Fighter: It is one of the earliest and longest-running professional gaming scenes.
- Super Smash Bros.: The Super Smash Bros. series from Nintendo has a sizable competitive community. While every title has been featured in high-profile tournaments, as of 2018, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are by far the most popular for high-level competition.
- Tekken: The Tekken series, developed by Namco, is renowned as the "lightning chess" of fighting games, with a strong fan following in Asian countries. Tekken has long been regarded as the most technically advanced fighting game. It continues to be featured in many competitions because of its balance, solid fundamentals, and depth and is one of the rare fighting games that features a true 3D design.
Individual or team-based first-person shooters focus on mimicking a firefight from a first-person perspective. The PC game Team Fortress 2, which is played in a few minor leagues like the ESEA League, RGL, United Gaming Clans, and European Team Fortress 2 League, is a classic game. Competitions for Call of Duty and Halo  normally use their console editions.
Here are a few famous FPS Esports games:
- Doom: Doom is a series of Id Software's multiplayer 1v1 and free-for-all deathmatch games. Doom is renowned for pioneering the arena-style deathmatch genre, as well as being partially responsible for the first online FPS community via DWANGO, an online gaming service officially approved by id Software and partially developed by them.
- Counter-Strike: The Counter-Strike series is a group-based first-person shooter that started as a Half-Life mod that Valve bought and published from beta in 2000. Despite Valve's introduction of newer versions over the years, the 1.6 version of Counter-Strike is routinely used at events such as DreamHack and World Cyber Games.
- Call of Duty: The Call of Duty series is a first-person shooter that is primarily played as an Esport in North America and is currently available on PlayStation consoles but was previously available on Xbox consoles**.** Since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was added to the league in 2008, it has been featured in MLG tournaments.
- Halo: Since the release of Halo: Combat Evolved on the original Xbox, the Halo franchise has been included in American Major League Gaming. The series has also been played on a global scale, including at a European Console League event in Liverpool in July 2010. The Australian Cyber League held a Pro Circuit featuring tournaments in various major Australian cities, including one in Brisbane in January 2009.
- Overwatch: Overwatch has gotten a lot of attention as an Esports title, with professional teams picking up teams. Blizzard Entertainment has established a professional Overwatch League for salaried players.
- Valorant: Riot Games' first first-person shooter, Valorant, was released in 2020. Currently, third-party organizations such as BLAST Pro Series conduct the majority of Valorant tournaments.
Multiplayer online battle arena:
MOBA games are a type of multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that originated as a spin-off of real-time strategy games but have evolved into their genre. Unlike traditional RTS games, where a single player controls a large number of units, MOBAs are often team-based, with five players on a team each controlling a single "hero" unit.
Here are a few famous MOBA games:
- League of Legends: The game was presented as a promotional title at the 2010 World Cyber Games in Los Angeles, where it won an early LoL competition. The North American Counter Logic Gaming squad emerged victorious, taking home a $7,000 reward. For the 2011–12 Electronic Sports League season, LoL was added to the Intel Extreme Masters schedule, and it has since grown in prominence.
- DOTA 2: In August 2011, Valve invited sixteen accomplished Defense of the Ancients Esports teams to compete in a Dota 2-specific tournament at Gamescom, which later became an annually held event known as The International, to ensure that enough Defense of the Ancients players would take up Dota 2 and to promote the game to a new audience. By introducing the new title with the largest tournament Esports has ever seen, Valve demonstrated their commitment to Dota 2 being a prominent Esport.
- Smite: Hi-Rez Studios created and distributed Smite, a third-person MOBA. Smite was held in an extended beta period before release, resulting in over 74 million hours of playtime and the development of a strong competitive community. LAN and online competitions with cash prizes were held during the beta. On March 25, 2014, Smite was released in North America and Western Europe. Hi-Rez announced the Smite World Championship Series in May 2014. (SWC).
Individual contestants compete on personal computers connected to a local area network or the internet in classic real-time strategy game competitions. While not as popular as other RTS games at the time, the Age of Empires series was competitively played from 2000 to 2003 and 2007 to 2008 and was a part of the World Cyber Games.
Here are a few famous RTS games:
StarCraft: Several events, including the Professional Gamers' League, used StarCraft. On the other hand, the expansion pack StarCraft: Brood War was significantly more popular than the original.
StarCraft: Brood War was a pivotal game in the development of Esports, and it remains one of the most popular series in professional gaming, alongside StarCraft II. StarCraft competitions performed particularly well in South Korea, which remains a major player in the competitive scene.
- WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne expansion pack for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos has a thriving professional competitive scene, particularly in China, Germany, and South Korea. The World Cyber Games, the Electronic Sports World Cup, the World e-Sports Games, the World Series of Video Games, and the International E-Sports Festival have all featured the game.
These games mostly comprise of a battle royale type scenario where you are on an island with multiple other people and you have to be the last one to survive. Collect materials such as guns, ammunition, and health kits.
Here are a few famous TPS games:
- Fortnite: Fortnite is a third-person battle royale Esports game in which 100 players jump off a battle bus and parachute to their selected landing site, where they will loot, gain mats, and fight until only one man remains.
- PUBG: PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game firm Bluehole, created and distributed the online multiplayer battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG). The game began as a third-person battle royale shooter, but it was eventually expanded to include a first-person option.
- Garena's Free Fire: Free Fire is an online multiplayer Battle Royale game developed by 111dots Studio and marketed by Garena, a Singaporean company. It's a game in which you play like a third-person shooter. In Esports, the game is also acquiring a lot of traction. The Free Fire World Series 2021 was one of Garena's most anticipated Free Fire global competitions.
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