Rise of eSports: The Most Competitive Online Games Played Today
Sports might be synonymous with running around, sweating and physical prowess, but in the realm of online video gaming, there’s a different battleground where wars are fought. Electronics sports have become somewhat of a global phenomenon, with some of the most prestigious gaming events getting more viewers than some of the most popular physical sporting events—and it’s been around for less than a decade.
If you’re interested in competing or just want to watch eSports and online gaming grow, here are the best and most competitive games to look out for.
Photo Credit: Flickr
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Prize pools in Counter Strike: Global Offensive are starting to reach into the millions now. This FPS game has become a staple in many PC gamer’s libraries since it was released over a decade ago, and it has since received numerous new versions with the latest one being dubbed Global Offensive. Two teams of five take turns playing as terrorists and counter-terrorists across a variety of maps. The terrorists have to plant a bomb at specific locations while the counter-terrorists have to stop them. There’s an exciting mix of tactics and gunplay thanks to the variety of weapons and equipment that players can use. You can use smoke grenades to cut vision off, flash grenades to blind enemies and sniper rifles that are powerful but slow you down.
Poker prize pools have exceeded tens of millions for a long time with first-place easily going over a million dollars. Poker is played for recreation and small wagers across the world, and it’s easy to get into thanks to online websites like Maria Casino. Many people play online to brush up on their skills before they take to the tables in popular casinos like in Las Vegas. Playing at a table can be extremely intimidating for a new player, so it’s best to practice with internet versions until you’re comfortable in your ability.
Street Fighter 5
This popular fighting game has been around since the late 1980s and it’s been going strong for over 30 years. The most recent version, Street Fighter 5, recently concluded its Pro Tour in December of 2016, and Season 2 is already underway. Street Fighter is often described as Chess on steroids. Most people see two characters wailing at each other with their fists, feet and projectiles, but for an experienced spectator they can see delicate movements, masterful predictions and incredible patience and skill. It’s definitely a game that needs a bit of research before you can start enjoying it.
League of Legends
League of Legends is the most popular MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game in the world, played by millions of players from China to France. Players receive salaries for playing in pro-level teams, and there’s even a challenger league for amateur players to hone their skills before going into the big leagues. It’s structured like a physical sport with leagues and playoff seasons, and there are even international tournaments each year that pit the best teams of each region against each other.