Get Ready Here is a List of The 15 Most Anticipated eSports Events for 2020
Far from being mere entertainment or a way to make a little extra money, video gaming tournaments today offer prizes of millions or even tens of millions of dollars. In exceptional cases, a single competition can make a professional gamer more than slightly wealthy. In 2019, Epic Games gave away tens of millions of dollars to the Fortnite champion. While the most successful professional gamers are not yet as wealthy or famous as the best professional athletes, it is nonetheless possible for a professional gamer to become rich and famous. Gaming has become a spectator sport, with tens of thousands of people attending the biggest eSports events. While some recurring eSports championships have disappeared over the years, most of the most significant annual eSports events will be back in 2020. There are more eSports tournaments today than ever before.
1) BlizzCon 2020
BlizzCon is probably the best-known gaming convention in the world. As well as previews for new games and live concerts, BlizzCon offers the opportunity to watch the championships of blizzard games live. Blizzard has organized BlizzCon almost every year since 2005, always later in the year. The attendance for the BlizzCon event has gradually increased from 8,000 in 2005 to 40,000 in 2018. Esports events at BlizzCon include the Overwatch world cup, Starcraft II championships, and the World of Warcraft arena tournament.
While Starcraft II tournaments take place all over the world, the real champions compete with each other at BlizzCon each year. It is the winner of the BlizzCon tournament that determines who is considered the greatest Starcraft II player in the world. The virtual card game Hearthstone is also successful enough to offer large tournament prizes and draw large crowds.
BlizzCon is popular enough to draw crowds from all over the country. BlizzCon tickets sell for from as little as $200 to as much as $750, for higher levels of tickets. As well as souvenirs, those who attend BlizzCon are given many virtual items in whatever Blizzard games they might play. Attendants may also receive beta keys for new games that have Blizzard has not yet released.
Those who do not want to pay for expensive BlizzCon tickets can instead purchase a virtual ticket. Virtual tickets allow one to stream the entire event as it occurs. In-game items are also included with the price of virtual tickets. One of the best things about BlizzCon is the fan-organized events that take place before and after the main event. These unofficial fan-organized events are set up by attendants and not by Blizzard, and these fan events are entirely free. Possibly the best known of all gaming events, BlizzCon sometimes manages to draw visitors from outside of North America. The vast number of things to do at BlizzCon make it one of the Most Anticipated eSports Events for 2020. More info coming at https://blizzcon.com/en-us/event-info
2) Capcom cup
Fans of traditional fighting games may be happy to know that Capcom offers a live esports tournament for their games. Since 2013, Capcom has organized a 16-32 player live tournament for its best competitors. To qualify for the championship, a player must succeed at smaller competitive events. People who triumph at other fighting game tournaments, such as the Evolution Championship Series, are invited to participate in a Capcom tournament for even larger prizes. More info coming at https://capcomprotour.com/schedule/
3) Fortnite world cup
As Fortnite is one of the most popular games in existence, it is no surprise that the games’ world championship offers an enormous amount of money to its winners. The winners of the 2019 tournament won more than $30,000,000 worth of prizes. The Fortnite world cup is the largest eSports event in the world. More than a million people watched the championship live on twitch.tv, and more than 10,000 people from all over the country attended the event in New York. The 2019 event was the last hurrah of the old version of Fortnite. The new version will see its first championship in 2020, and Epic Games intends to give away an even larger prize pool this time around. Although a Dota 2 tournament planned for 2020 might surpass it, the 2019 Fortnite championship gave away more prizes than any other gaming event so far. More Info Coming at : https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/competitive/en-US/events/world-cup
4) International eSports Federation World Championships
Unlike most other eSports tournaments, the competing teams represent their countries. Founded in 2008, the International eSports Federation aims to allow countries to compete with each other in eSports as they do in the Olympics. In the late 2000s, esports leagues in South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Germany, and a few other European countries worked together to create the league. World championships have been held every year since 2008, usually in South Korea or Taiwan. The games played at the world championships vary from one year to another, with first-person shooters, MOBAs, and fighting games all being featured. More info coming at: https://www.ie-sf.org/tournaments/
5) Rocket League championship
After Rocket League developers, Psyonix noticed that many people watched Rocket League matches on twitch.tv, they realized they should create an eSports tournament for their game. To qualify for the championship, a player must win a regional competition against other players from Oceania, North America, South America, or Europe. Only the world finals are played in front of a live audience; the regional games are played online. The prizes for winning the Rocket League championship are not nearly as large as the prizes for being the best in the world at Fortnite. However, the prizes have increased over the years, from only $55,000 in 2013 to $1,000,000 in 2019. More info coming at : https://www.rocketleague.com/
6) Call of duty league
While players have played the Call of Duty games for large prizes for years, there has not yet been an official Call of Duty tournament. Activision plans to change that, and in 2020 will be hosting the first official Call of Duty championship. At least $6,000,000 worth of prizes will be given away to the greatest players of the best known first-person shooter series.
Twelve professional teams will compete for the prize. The competition will not be a single event. Instead, it will travel from city to city, with each team playing repeatedly. The large prize pool and Activision’s willingness to host many different events in many different cities shows that Activision takes eSports seriously. While hosting eSports games can be very expensive (the Fortnite World Championship cost a hundred million dollars) it is worth the investment due to how much attention it draws to the games. Read more here
7) FIFA eWorld Cup
The FIFA world cup, more or less, involves millions of competitors. The lowest levels of the competition take place online and can be participated in by anyone. After millions of players are gradually eliminated, the remaining few compete with each other in a live final tournament. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the FIFA eWorld Cup is the largest gaming tournament in the world because so many people participate in its first stages. With modern technology, it is possible for players to compete with each other even though they play on two different consoles. The dates and locations of the 2020 finals are not yet known. In 2019, 2018, and 2017 the matches were all held in August. Mohammed Harkous, Mossad Aldossoury, and Spencer Ealing won the 2019 championships. While the contest sometimes takes place in North America, it most commonly takes place in Europe. More info coming here
8) League of Legends World Championship
In 2020, Riot Games will host the next League of Legends world championship in China. League of Legends is one of the most-watched games in the world, with many of the best players making a lot of money merely by streaming their games. Prizes tend to be over 2 million dollars. The 2020 League of Legends World Championship will involve 24 different teams from 14 different countries. Qualification for the League of Legends world championship is initially online and starts long before the tournament. League of legends has aged well and continues to boast a large player base after all of these years.
9) Overwatch League
In addition to the Overwatch tournaments held annually at BlizzCon, there is also a separate Overwatch world championship organized by Blizzard. The Overwatch League is the largest Overwatch tournament in the world, with 20 teams competing, each representing different cities. The prize pool is five million dollars, more lucrative than most other eSports events. The appeal of Overwatch may come from how balanced its completely different characters are. In the Starcraft games, Blizzard balances the three races very well, even though they have little in common with each other. In Overwatch, Blizzard’s game balance expertise is used to create a distinctive action game that has nothing to do with Blizzard’s Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo games.
The Overwatch league schedule for 2020 has already been announced. The tournament will involve many different live events in 19 different cities. New York, Shanghai, and Paris will all be hosting live overwatch professional matches. All Overwatch players will be able to participate in a play-in tournament with the possibility of reaching the live events if they win enough games. The grand 2020 finals will be held in Philidelphia late in the year.
10) PUBG Global Championship 2020
Player Unknowns’ Battlegrounds, the second best-known battle royale game after Fortnite, also offers an annual tournament with a $1,000,000 prize for first place. Nine different regions produce local champions, who then compete with each other in the final live match. PUBG Championships take place in multiple cities. The live competition is not limited to the final match. Last years’ final match took place in Oakland, where it will take place in 2020 has not yet been announced. It is not necessarily an exaggeration to say that PUBG created the battle royale genre. Without Player Unknowns’ Battlegrounds, there would be no Fortnite or Apex Legends.
11) The International
Other than the Fortnite world championship, this is the most lucrative of all professional gaming events. In 2019, more than 25 million dollars worth of prizes were given away to the winners. The valve corporation organizes an annual Dota 2 tournament, with the last competition being held in Shanghai. The finals will be held at the Mercedez-Benz Arena.
Those who watch the tournament online rather than in person can log in with their game client to view the action. Logging in with the game client will allow them to move a camera around and watch any part of the match that they choose in real-time. Players spectating the event can make predictions on how the game will go, with in-game rewards for accurate predictions. The prize pool in 2020 may exceed that of the 2019 Fortnite world championship, with 34 million dollars worth of prizes planned.
12) Fortnite Secret Skirmish
While the main event is the Fortnite world championship, there are also smaller live games in many cities each year in between the tournaments. These more minor games can offer prizes of up to $500,000 and are fun to attend if you do not have the opportunity to see the main event in 2020.
13) Evo 2020 Championship Series
The most prestigious of all fighting game championships, the Evolution Championship Series, determines the top players in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, and the newest Super Smash Bros, Mortal Combat and Soul Kalibur games. Part of the appeal of the Evo Championship is that attendants have a chance of being able to play fighting games against the worlds’ top players. An attendant is not likely to win – but it could be an exciting experience to know the skill levels of the best players better than one can by merely watching them. Many people who knew each other only online meet each other in person at the Evo Championship Series for the first time. Ticket holders can book hotel rooms at discounted rates in advance.
This Swedish eSports event is sometimes considered the most significant digital festival in the world. As well as a professional gaming event, DreamHack is the largest LAN party in the world, with a Guinness record to prove it. As well as competitive gaming, this is also a festival of digital art. Photographs, drawings, music, homemade games, and animations are all judged and shared by those who attend the festival. It can be an excellent place for an amateur programmer to show off a simple but still entertaining game that they created themselves. It is an opportunity to play LAN gaming with almost the worlds’ fastest internet speeds. DreamHack also offers an exhibition where many companies allow attendants to test games that are currently under development. DreamHack also has live concerts. While DreamHack is primarily a gaming and eSports event, many people attend it for the opportunity to see digital art judged, as there are few similar competitions.
15) Smite World Championship
Smite is an exciting game because it successfully managed the challenge of bringing MOBAs to consoles. Creating a proper MOBA that plays well with a controller rather than a mouse and keyboard formerly seemed to be a daunting task, before Smite proved it was possible. Prizes for the Smite World Championship are relatively low (sometimes under a million), but the live events still manage to draw crowds. While a Smite World Championship does not happen every year and did not happen in 2019, a 2020 Smite World Championship has been confirmed. The 2020 championship will be in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Esports become more popular every year. The eSports market is predicted to be worth $1.65 billion by 2020. While a company cannot make their money back by offering a $30,000,000 prize and attracting a live crowd of only 10,000, they can raise the prestige of their games to such an extent that it is worth the investment. Esports events come to many different cities, so you might get lucky if you would like to see one in person but do not want to travel very far to do so.
The most exciting recent news in eSports is that some people are pushing for eSports to become part of the Olympic games. This may sound far fetched – attempts to have chess added to the Olympics have not yet succeeded, so it may continue to be strictly for athletic events. The Korean International e-Sports Federation is attempting to convince the organizers of the Olympic games that eSports should be part of the Olympic games.
They have more of a chance that one might think. The International Olympic Committee has sent them information about what would be required for eSports to become an Olympic sport. When attempting to make an athletic sport part of the Olympics, the importance of the sport must be justified to the Olympic committee. The history, tradition, and overall importance of the sport must be defended in detail.
Theoretically, there is no rule against non-athletic games appearing at the Olympics. For this reason, the International e-Sports Federation can submit a petition for any video game to be recognized as an Olympic sport. The request will not necessarily succeed, because chess and similar games are not yet allowed. However, there may be enough open-minded people on the committee that eSports become a permanent part of the Olympic games. As a best-case scenario, the 2020 Olympics might allow eSports.