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Top 5 Gaming Tournaments

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Gamers are brought together by video games…and a little bit of competition. Over the past decade, the gaming industry has proved itself to be a serious, successful entertainment sector. It is the fastest growing industry in the world, bringing billions in revenue each year. It has become a sport on its own – competitive gaming has skyrocketed in popularity and professional gaming is a real thing now! 

Whether you enjoy playing Dota 2, Call Of Duty, or League of Legends, video games have the ability to bring about a sense of community and inspire some of the most heated competitions the world has ever seen. Professional gamers have entered the competitive world of esports gaming where tournaments fill up arenas and convention centers, and cash prizes are massive enough to make jaws drop. 

These tournaments attract gaming teams from all around the world, so there isn’t a better place for gaming professionals to showcase their skills and talent. Regardless of whether you’re able to make it to the end, it’s a massive accomplishment to just get involved! 

Currently, there are thousands of esports tournaments being hosted daily on an array of online platforms. Gamers can turn their passion into a full-time career by signing up and participating in world-famous gaming tournaments…which if won, will earn them real cash. And they aren’t small prizes! Esports tournaments have changed drastically since the Red Annihilation tournament was held in 1997. The “Quake Game” tournament drew in about 2000 participants and is famously regarded as the world’s first esports event. Today, championships are viewed by millions of viewers via different platforms and offer cash prizes beyond six figures.

Here’s A Run-Down Of The Top Gaming Tournaments In The World:

#1 The International

The International is an annual esports world championship tournament for the video game Dota 2, organized by Valve, the game’s developer. The championship was first held in 2011 as a promotional event for the game and has been held each year since with the exception of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It initially drew global attention thanks to its staggering $1.6 million prize pool which in 2019, surpassed $34 million, making it the largest prize pool for any single esports tournament in the world. The tournament is well-known for its intense competition thanks to elite players joining in from all over the world, but this year, all eyes are on the cash prize it offers! 

The International announced that they would offer a mind-boggling $40 million for the tournament held in 2021, the highest gaming cash prize in the world. Winners receive the Aegis of Champions trophy which is forged out of bronze and features their name and gamer handles engraved on it. The tournament features 18 teams that compete over ten days. The tournament has been consistent in offering massive cash prizes since it was first established and uses crowdfunding via a battle pass system within the game itself. 25% of all revenue earned has been added to the prize pool since 2013.

#2 League of Legends World Championship

The League of Legends World Championship has gained tremendous success and popularity since hosting its first tournament in 2011. It has become one of the world’s most prestigious and most-watched tournaments with one of the most sought-after gaming trophies in the world. In 2019, the gaming tournament achieved a peak viewership of 3.9 million viewers, becoming one of the most-viewed esports events in the world! 

Unlike other gaming tournaments, players who compete in the League of Legends World Championship must make their way through regional competitions first to get an invitation to the real big game. Once they’ve qualified their way through, it’s high-level play for $1 million and the iconic 70-pound Summoner’s Cup trophy, commissioned by Riot Games.

#3 Fortnite World Cup

The Fortnite World Cup competition was first held in 2019, two years after the video game was launched by the legendary developer and publisher Epic Games. The annual esports competition was attended by 19,000 fans who flocked to New York’s Arthur Ashe stadium for the sold-out, three-day, in-person event. On the last day, concurrent viewers during the Solo Finas peaked 2.3 million across YouTube and Twitch, which made the Fortnite World Cup the most-watched competitive gaming event (excluding China) of all time. A total $30 million prize pool was available across different competitions where players competed for the title of the champion. 

#4 Call of Duty Championship 

The Call of Duty World League and Call of Duty Pro League tournaments bring together professional gamers to compete in a series of tournaments – but climbing the international ladder here is not as easy as it may seem. Only the most advanced players make their way to the Call of Duty Championship, which is the game’s highest level since it was established in 2013. Every gaming tournament is held on the most recent version of the game, and the ongoing 2021 tournament prize pool stands at $2 million.

#5 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

One of the best gaming tournaments in the world, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championships also known as the “Majors”, is also one of the game’s most popular tournaments. Sponsored by developer Valve, the tournament was first held in 2013 with a $250,000 prize pool divided between 16 teams. Of late, the tournament has advertised a whopping $2 million cash prize and features 24 teams from across the globe. The Majors are considered by players to be the most important and prestigious tournament in the Global Offensive gaming scene. 

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