Esports tournaments are computer game competitions between two teams of 5–6 players. Teams duel each other in popular games like League of Legends (LoL), Overwatch and Fortnite to determine the winner. While a ticket to the LoL World Championships might cost you $70, most amateur and professional esports events are between $10–20 to participate or spectate. In some cases, tournaments accept gaming credits from players as an entry fee. In most cases, college esports tournaments have jackpots that range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. In the professional sector, top esports players earn millions in prize money, advertising, sponsorships and salaries.
If you’re serious about playing esports in college, watching the best teams in the world can help you finetune your strategy and skills. It can be beneficial to watch a professional player in League of Legends or Overwatch or Hearthstone and try to emulate what they do.
As a competitor, there are many recruiting benefits of entering an esports tournament. College esports programs often host open events on their campuses. To find new recruits, coaches often attend high school esports tournaments or stream them on Twitch. If you perform well at a tournament and catch an esports coach’s eye, you may be invited to attend a tryout to see how well you play with the team. If you impress during the tryout, you may be offered a spot on the team. In some cases, you may even be offered an esports scholarship.
Each year, more and more people watch esports leagues and tournaments around the world. In 2018, global esports viewership totaled nearly 400 million. Esports have become so popular that ESPN established the College Esports Championship in 2019. The inaugural esports event drew college students from across North America to compete for scholarships. Here’s a list of some of the biggest esports tournaments in the world.
In general, the most watched esports genres tend to be multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), first-person shooter (FPS) and real-time strategy (RTS). Keep in mind that as the sport develops and new titles and technologies emerge, this list of events will likely change in the near future. For example, Battlefy provides additional esports tournament and competition information on its site.
Esports leagues and tournaments take place across the United States and around the world. In general, the most popular professional esports events are held in arenas, convention centers and hotels on the West Coast and in Southeast Asia. Cosmopolitan cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seoul, Busan, Tokyo, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangkok, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney host the biggest esports tournaments every year.
College esports tournaments and competitions typically take place on the host school’s campus or in a rented-out space. In May 2019, the inaugural Collegiate Esports Championship took place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.
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