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Esports Tournaments and Events

 

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.

Why should you attend esports tournaments?

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.

What are the biggest esports tournaments?

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. 

  • League of Legends World Championship
  • Intel Extreme Masters
  • League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational
  • Fortnite World Cup
  • Call of Duty World League
  • Evolution Championship Series
  • FIFA Interactive World Cup
  • Halo Championship Series
  • Overwatch World Cup
  • Overwatch League

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. Organizations like Tespa and Battlefy provide additional esports tournament and competition information on their sites. 

Where are esports tournaments held?

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.

Find esports tournaments and events near me

Check out our up-to-date list of all the upcoming esports events near you.

 

 

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Illinois College League of Legends & Leadership Camp (Jul 22-26)

Jacksonville, Illinois
Camp
Esports Camps
Monday, July 22, 2019
9 a.m.

LOL camp at Illinois College is designed to bring young players together to learn new skills, train as a team and grow the community. The daily curriculum is orchestrated to build individual and teamwork skills while also introducing each camper to new training exercises for the body and mind. Performance improvement will be the top priority throughout the week of camp. There will be a strong emphasis on interpersonal communication, competition, personal growth, and FUN!

Menlo College Esports & Leadership Camp (Jul 22-26)

Atherton, Califorina
Camp
Esports Camps
Monday, July 22, 2019
9 a.m.

This week-long camp at Menlo College will feature the best esports games: League of Legends, Rocket League and Apex Legends! The daily curriculum is orchestrated to build individual and teamwork skills while also introducing each camper to new training exercises for the body and mind. Performance improvement will be the top priority throughout the week of camp but there will be a strong emphasis on interpersonal communication, competition, personal growth, and FUN!

St. Thomas Aquinas College Esports & Leadership Camp (Jul 22-26)

Sparkill, New York
Camp
Esports Camps
Monday, July 22, 2019
9 a.m.

Welcome to the St. Thomas Aquinas College Esports Camp. Camp will be directed by the STAC Esports Staff and will feature each game that the varsity team competes in, which include: League of Legends, Overwatch & Fortnite. We will also play some Apex Legends and NBA 2K.

Tiffin University Esports & Leadership Camp (Jul 22-26)

Tiffin, Ohio
Camp
Esports Camps
Monday, July 22, 2019
9 a.m.

Esports & Leadership Camp at Tiffin University is designed to bring young players together to learn new skills, train as a team and grow the community. The daily curriculum is orchestrated to build individual and teamwork skills while also introducing each camper to new training exercises for the mind and body. Performance improvement will be the top priority throughout the week of camp BUT there will also be a strong emphasis on personal growth, and FUN!

Esports Performance Academy Camp (Aug 7-9)

Carrollton, Texas
Camp
Esports Camps
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
9 a.m.

Experience a battlefield tested curriculum designed with personal growth in mind. This camp focuses on player development both in and out of game. Campers focuses on self-reflection for personal improvement, while also understanding the importance of how to work as a team. The comprehensive training approach provides players with a number of tactics and tools that they can utilize to continuously improve their gaming skills.

Humber College Esports & Leadership Camp (Aug 19-23)

Toronto, Ontario
Camp
Esports Camps
Monday, August 19, 2019
9 a.m.

Experience a battlefield tested curriculum designed with personal growth in mind. This camp focuses on developing both in game skills and building the foundations for excellence in esports. Through drills, development challenges and group activities each camper learns techniques to improve their game and develop proper training habits.

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