The old ways are the best ways: New Esports Potential Disciplines
There is a huge variety of games on the esports market. CS:GO and DOTA have become classics for a long time, the interest in which is still not extinguished, but the audience is clearly in demand for the new blood and new battles. The lists are replenishing rather slowly, so true fans of esports disciplines can only guess which game will bring together the best of the best under the auspices of the next tournament.
Most played disciplines and matches in esport
Despite the large selection of quality games, not all of them fit the tournament format. Let's take a look at the most important and popular competitive games.
CS:GO (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
Belongs to the genre of tactical online shooters. Two teams of five players each compete with each other to dominate the map.
The most common scenario is defusing a bomb. The «terrorists» are tasked with locating and defending the site of the bomb. Then the «counter-terrorists» must stop the terrorists by defusing the bomb. After a certain number of rounds, teams switch roles. Two teams in total play 30 rounds, with the first team to score 16 wins the set.
League of legends
Refers to the free-to-play genre of multiplayer online combat arena (MOBA). LoL is a real-time strategy game in which two teams compete against each other on a map designed like an arena and try to take over each other's bases.
Tournaments are usually played on 5v5 maps. The map is split into two halves so that each team has a territory with a basic structure. The goal of the game is to capture the main structure of the enemy. The game usually lasts from 15 to 60 minutes.
RTS MOBA game developed by Valve. The game mechanics of Dota 2 and League of Legends are very similar. The goal of the game in Dota 2 is to capture the enemy base. However, due to the abilities of many playable characters, Dota 2 is much more tactful and less focused on a single playable character.
The game is played by teams of five people. The round lasts from 15 to 60 minutes. The scenario of the tournament differs depending on the event. In a double knockout system, a team must lose twice to get out of the game.
Now let's talk about the most popular and beloved tournaments
ESL ONE (Electronic Sports League)
It is one of the most famous tournament organizers in Germany. The Cologne esports company offers tournaments and leagues in over 50 different disciplines. One of the tournament formats is ESL ONE, which takes place in Germany.
By the way, Cologne is not the only ESL venue. ESL ONE holds tournaments around the world in other cities: Katowice, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Birmingham, Genting, and Belo Horizonte.
League of Legends Championship Series (LCS)
While the ESL One and ESL Intel Extreme Masters feature a wide variety of games, LCS focuses on one particular game: League of Legends. The tournament is hosted by the creator of the game, Riot Games, and is divided into spring and summer, meaning the grand final is held twice a year.
10 teams participate in the championships, united by the same goal: to win the European League of Legends Championship. The undisputed record holder is the Fnatic team. The team is not only one of the oldest in the professional field of LoL, but also won the grand final many times.
It is the world's largest esports event, with $25.5 million in Dota 2 tournament prize money at stake. Although the tournament was organized by the developer of the game, Valve, most of the prize money still comes from fans, accrued from the number of their in-game purchases. So, for example, in 2018, promoters paid only 1.6 million from the total sum.
The main contenders for getting into the lists of potential esports disciplines
Most of the popular esports games today have achieved success either through high interest from amateur players or strong support from developers. Also, the unshakable formula works: «it is easy to learn, but difficult to master». That is, the optimal game for an esports player should have a low threshold for entering the discipline, but also offer prospects for the player's growth and development.
Let's take a look at the top contenders for the esports tournament listings
It is a fast-paced arena shooter developed by id Software. The franchise has been popular among players for more than two decades, but it hasn't lost its popularity. Not so long ago, publisher Bethesda Softworks announced on its official website that it is hosting the Quake Pro League, which runs from QuakeCon 2019 to QuakeCon 2020. The call has attracted a large number of players who wanted to test their skills.
Quake is an undoubted favorite among fans of first-person shooters and it is not for nothing that it is called the forefather of many games in the genre. It is also free to play.
Dragon ball fighterz
It was created in 2018, the game is one of the last releases of the Dragon Ball Z fighting game canon. The game offers spectacular battles with 40 almighty fighters. Old School combat mechanics are pretty similar to the Street Fighter franchise, and the variety of playstyles has made this game popular among competitive combatants over the past couple of years. The franchise offers more recent versions of fighting games, but they do not achieve the same popularity as «Dragonball FighterZ».
This game is the new era in the franchise named «Halo» that has almost legendary status in esports for a long time. The game causes wild delight among the players with the release of each new version, and this is a good indicator. If Halo Infinite becomes an esports discipline, it will become the first competitive game available on next-gen consoles.
Warcraft III: Reforged
This is an updated edition of the same name game, that belongs to classic real-time strategies. For more than 20 years, the game has not lost its popularity among players, and the version update released at the end of 2020 only warms up and revives the former interest and popularity of the game. The gameplay of the new version is generally structured along the same lines that brought popularity to the original game, but with minor changes to balance the multiplayer mode.
It is the first-person arena shooter that will bring us to the universe of robots. This game was funded by gamers on the platform of Kickstarter. The main goal of the campaign is to create «the canonic old-school FPS game». The game is being created based on the original engine that was made from the ground up, and the first footage of the game looks very promising.
It is a first-person shooter made by the giants in the field of esports — Riot Games, the authors of the legendary game «League of Legends». The developers took inspiration from classic shooters, including Counter-Strike. As with Diabotical, it looks like a ready-made home run for FPS fans.
It's an epic platformer fighting game that's sure to resonate with those who love the franchise Super Smash Bros. The game was released in 2018 and is available as a cross-play on Xbox One, Nintendo, Steam, and PS4 for 8 players locally or online. Competitive players love the chaotic melee gameplay and the ability to play with characters from other franchises. Brawlhalla already has a certain reputation in the eSports world, so little is left.
It is a real-time strategy, placed in the Clash universe. It was made by Supercell company in 2016 and aimed first of all at the mobile devices. Based on the gameplay, this is a Tower Rush genre, but it also contains the mechanics of the card games that allow you to summon troops.
Clash Royale has skyrocketed in the same obsessive fashion and has been praised by players who find the game the perfect characteristics for their competitive edge. Many players are still attracted to this one because it still looks promising.
Gwent: The Witcher. Card game
This game contains all the things that are really popular in the esports community: the Witcher franchise and card games for free. This is a free game created by CD Projekt. As with other famous card games, Gwent: The Witcher. Has quickly become popular, and a lot of players worked hard to improve it.
The game takes place in the universe of arcade racing, where the main goal is to reach the optimal race time. The franchise has gone through many releases, each of which has enjoyed audience success. TrackMania offers a wide range of customizable and unique features that set it apart from other esports racing games. Players can even create their own tracks, a two-driver racing mode, and skins.
Thanks to constant updates and modern conditions, the possibilities of esports are almost endless. Rapid adaptation and steady growth in popularity during quarantine are crucial in the issue of including disciplines in the lists of famous tournaments.