Top 3 Esport games for 2021

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Esports has taken off in a huge way over the last few years. Millions of people around the world view the biggest events that have huge prizes and receive millions in sponsorship revenue. For instance, in 2020, the esports market revenue around the world was 950.3m USD. While esports hasn’t been officially recognised as a sport in itself, the best professional gamers certainly get treated like sports icons by their fans.

2020 saw a lot of growth for the esports gaming scene, undoubtedly driven by people around the world having to socially distance during the global pandemic. But alongside this, the scene has been growing organically well before 2020. The nature of esports and the competitiveness of the players makes for tense viewing and bitter rivalries, which can be fascinating to watch.

So with this in mind, what are some of the top esport games for 2021? This article will outline the top 3 games that you might like to watch the next event of.

Dota 2

In the world of esports, Dota 2 is one of the biggest games out there. Its player base is from all corners of the world and the professional players win some of the biggest prizes. One of the reasons DOTA is so popular is because it’s actually free to download through Steam.

But what is Dota 2? DOTA 2 is a MOBA game, this stands for multiplayer online battle arena. In the game, two teams of 5 players are pitched against one another in an attempt to destroy the other team’s base, which is called the Ancient. Every person on the team plays as a hero that has different characteristics and skills to the other players. Each hero will attack enemies, help allies, and increase their own power in different ways. 

A round of DOTA can take anywhere between 15 and 60 minutes to complete. In professional tournaments, the structure also varies depending on what the event is. If you’d like to watch a DOTA tournament, consider ESL One. 

League of Legends

League of Legends or LoL for short is another game that is free to play. It is a MOBA, like DOTA 2 that involves real time strategy, where both of the teams fight each other to dominate a map. As is similar to a lot of online competitive games, there are 2 teams of 5. Each player has a choice of six categories to play from:

  • Assassins
  • Fighters/bruisers
  • Mages
  • Marksmen
  • Support
  • Tank

League of Legends is a complex game that has a steep learning curve. It is both frustrating and unforgiving to play, which can also be exhilarating, and creates an intense atmosphere at esports tournaments.

If you’d like to watch a League of Legends eSports tournament, you can view events here.

CS:GO

CS:GO has for a long time been a massively popular online game. CS:GO is actually short for Counter Strike: Global Offensive. It is a tactical shooter that people play online either with or against one another. 

The game works with two teams of 5 players fighting each other to dominate the map. There are a few different variations on the game, but the version that is played by the most people is called bomb diffusion. One of the teams are the ‘terrorists’ and the other team are the ‘counter terrorists’. For the terrorists to win the game, they must place a bomb at a specific site and defend this area. The counter terrorists must prevent the bomb from going off by diffusing it. If a bomb is detonated, the terrorists get a point for the round. The teams take it in turns playing the different roles and the team with the most points out of 30 rounds wins a set. Depending on the tournament, a team often needs 2 sets out of three to win a game.

If you would like to watch a CS:GO competition, here are two of the biggest events in 2021:

  • ESL-One: Cologne
  • Blast Premier

2021 looks like it will be another massive year for esports. The massive following that CS:GO, DOTA 2, and League of Legends has makes it likely that the events will keep getting bigger, particularly as the fan base grows. Whereas once esports might have been considered an underground activity, it is emerging into the mainstream and making a big splash as it does.