The Most Popular eSports Games 2021
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that esports is unbelievably popular. Many of the ‘older generation’ don’t quite get the fascination with eSports, and they cannot understand how easy it is to get drawn into the world of eSports, losing hours of time deeply ensconced into a completely different world. The eSports industry now has garnered a massive audience and this, in turn, has led to huge, worldwide tournaments and events that offer huge cash prizes – with some elite players even earning themselves sponsors and s and getting to play their games professionally. As such, it comes as little surprise to learn that by 2022, eSports looks set to generate an astonishing $1.79 billion per year. With so much money at stake, more and more people are turning their attention toward the industry. That’s why we have put together a list of the top 5 eSports games in 2021.
5 – StarCraft II: Legacy for the Void (PC)
This is a popular and excellent Real-Time Strategy game (RTS) that is perfect for eSports enthusiasts that like games with a military strategy. The gameplay is first class and it is one of the most satisfying strategy games that eSports has ever produced. The final conclusion to Blizzard’s breath-taking saga does not disappoint.
4 – Overwatch (PC)
This shooter game goes against the grain and proves that they can be cartoony and fun. It brings a real comical element to gun-toting PC shooting games. It offers players lots of colourful levels as well as numerous game modes and has plenty of cool characters – with a few MOBA-like twists thrown in for good measure. This is an excellent first-person shooter game that is big on the competitive scene, including the Overwatch World Cup. This is one to get involved in.
3 – League of Legends (PC)
This Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game is undoubtedly one of the best around and has to be on the list of best eSports games. It offers players a chance to experience role-playing as well as tower defence along with real-time strategy – a combination that works well and makes it stand out from the numerous other MOBA games out there. The big attraction of this game is how accessible it is to all types of eSport players, despite its complex core gameplay elements.
2 – Dota2 (PC)
Dota 2 has been described by some as a game ‘easy to learn but hard to master’. Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2) has since become one of the most popular multiplayer online battle arena games in the eSports world. Simply pick one of the 100 heroes and use the character’s ability to help your team battle its way to victory. Not only that, but the popularity of the game means that Dota 2 esports tournaments are played around the year and can be very profitable if you get to know the game well enough.
1 – Counter-Strike:Global Offensive
There is no denying the ever-increasing popularity of the game that is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Despite having been around since 2012, its popularity continues to grow at an impressive rate. Despite being older than many of its competitors, its fast-paced action helps it to hold its own against the rest. It has an established core community that attracts like-minded eSports fans and is more than just a popular game now.
Because it is one of the older games, visually, some think it doesn’t quite match up to younger games. However, the appeal of CS:GO is its no-frills approach to eSports – and the fact that it is hugely competitive in the eSports circuit and the elite players can win up to $1 million in prize money!
Other Popular eSports Games to Look Out For
There are so many great games out already, as well as a number of eSports games that are continuing to be very popular. Here are some others well worth a look:
- Apex Legends (PC)
- Dragon Ball FighterZ (PC)
- Fortnite (PC)
- Tekken 7 (PC)
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo Switch)
- Street Fighter V: Champion Edition (PC)
- Samurai Showdown (PlayStation 4)
- Rocket League (PC)
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) on PC
- Mortal Kombat 11 (PC)
- The King of Fighters XIV (PlayStation 4)
Esports has many popular games full of lots of different genres. It has options for all different types of players, offering game types including First Person Shooters, Real-Time Strategy games, Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games and more.
For many, especially if you’re new to eSports, there’s too much choice and it can all get a little overwhelming- which game to try, which genre to try and where to get started with it all. That’s why we have brought you a list of all the best ones to check out.