In recent years, professional gaming, commonly known as eSports, has become massively popular, with various tournaments and events being held throughout the year, with many often-having bigger turnouts than some regular sports events! If you are interested in watching or take part in professional gaming, here is a list of some games which are currently played in eSports tournaments at a professional level:
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a game that has been around for an extremely long time, as games go, with some players having played the Counter-Strike series for up to 20 years! Throughout its lifetime, CS:GO has generally remained a very successful first-person shooter, placing a massive emphasis on the competitive aspect of the game. CS:GO is incredibly popular at eSports tournaments, with the top teams bringing out thousands of fans to watch the event at the venue, and hundreds of thousands more watching the live streams of the matches. These events are often high action and energy, thanks to the passion of the commentators and players.
Becoming a CS:GO professional will take a lot of work and a lot of hours, like any other competitive event. Players wanting to turn pro will have to spend hours mastering throws, positioning, the mechanics of the game and much, much more.
Over the past year, Fortnite has become massive within the gaming community, successfully evolving into one of the biggest games in history. Because of its recent success, Fortnite has turned professional, with various events across the world being held to out some of the best-known Fortnite pros against each other, such as the world famous “Ninja”. For many, this game is a source of endless fun and enjoyment with their friends, but for pros, they must spend weeks, if not months, perfecting their building techniques and improving their overall strategy when they drop out of the battle bus at the start of a game. With the recent hype surrounding Fortnite, its tournaments are some of the wildest and most riveting events held in eSports, and I suspect that they will only continue to grow in both size and popularity.
Overwatch is another extremely popular game in the eSports and general gaming community. This is an FPS offering a new, exciting approach with various features and aspects that both professional and casual gamers must consider. Overwatch takes the classic decision making and strategizing needed for success in most first-person shooters and throws in a whole range of other exciting angles, such as individual character abilities, multi-level maps and various bonus features for players to take advantage of. Overwatch is truly a 4-dimensional eSports experience for competitive and casual gamers, and even non-gamers to enjoy!
Dota 2 is currently the largest eSports game, and for good reason. This is a game that places massive emphasis on strategy and working as a team to secure (destroy) your opponent’s objectives and protect your own. Professional teams rely on strong communication and excellent understanding of the game to manage resources and ultimately win the match.