Computer games are not only entertainment and the "killer of time", nowadays games have become a real sport. They have been holding all kinds of competitions and championships, including the world level, for more than 10 years.
Many cybersport games are team games, but there is also a solo discipline where the opposition always goes 1 to 1. There are big demands for players and teams, many athletes have a very fast reaction, excellent playing ability, and also common qualities that make it easy to play with the team and to resist stresses during numerous crossings and during competitions.
Disciplines and games, which can be called e-sports - a lot, but all of them have passed the test of time. We have prepared for you a list of the top ten modern cybersport games, and tell you about their history and competitions.
League of Legends
Portal Newzoo leads the rating of the most popular video games by the number of unique users. LOL is a role-playing video game with real-time strategy elements. It appeared in 2009 and instantly won a large audience - every month more than 100 million people use this product from the company Riot Games. Every year, the LoL World Championship is held - the largest in this discipline. In the last two years, his prize fund has reached five million dollars. The top three representatives of the League of Legends on prize money represent Korea. Lee Faker San Heck takes 40th place in the general rating of the rich pro-gaming ($ 1,172,048).
Today, the top game of cybersport games are occupied by games of the genre Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA). Dota Legendary progenitor of the genre MOBA. At the beginning, Defense of The Ancient (DOTA) was just a map for playing Warcraft 3, but it was very popular among players. Debuted Dota as an e-sports discipline at the World Cyber ??Games, which were once the biggest event in the world of e-sports.
The real sensation swept the e-sports community, when Valve sold Dota in a separate client, on a new engine from Source, calling its offspring DOTA2. Hence the reference to "our era". In 2011, at the first championship DOTA2 - The International played an unheard of at that time the amount of 1 million dollars (and this is only for the first place). After this championship about e-sports games hundreds of millions of people around the world have learned, many world channels like CNN, BBS, Eurosports have become interested.
The strategies became the first e-sports games that gathered around themselves a lot of professional players and whole leagues. The main disciplines on World Cyber ??Games have always been Warcraft 3 TFT and StarCraft. The first part of this cult strategy has been a recognized leader for many years, but time is inexorable even for such masterpieces. Blizzard decided to release a sequel - "Starcraft II".
2012, the developers announced the StarCraft II World Championship Series. A series of championships with many stages and qualifying games, culminating in the finals of the World Championship Finals in Shanghai, China. The first world champion in StarCraft 2 was a professional player from Korea Lee-Sak "PartinG" Won, he won the Champion's Cup and $ 100,000 in prize money.
Hearthstone is a collectible online card game based on one-on-one turn-based battles between two opponents. Players can choose game modes, each of which has slight differences from the rest. When a user starts playing, he gets a starter set consisting of "base" cards. In the future, you can buy rare and more powerful cards by purchasing sets of cards or getting cards as a reward for participating in games in the Arena. For the first time the game was introduced in 2013, and in 2014 it was released in the release.
In November 2013, BlizzCon 2013 hosted the Innkeeper's Invitational, the world's first Hearthstone tournament. Two-day competitions were broadcast on Twitch and BlizzCon. In 2014, the first world championship on Hearthstone was held, in which 16 best players from all over the world fought for the title of Champion and a prize fund of $ 250,000. The first World Champion was James "Firebat" Kostesich, earning $ 100,000 in prize money. And this year in the framework of the BlizzCon 2015 will be the World Tournament.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter Strike - the most famous shooter in e-sports. He was a discipline in more than 10 different big championships and series of tournaments, and in a huge number of local competitions. At the moment, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive remains the main discipline in such e-sports leagues and tournaments as Electronic Sports League (ESL) and Intel Extreme Masters.
In addition to third-party tournaments from cybersport leagues, Valve organizes Major Championships (majors). They have very large prize pools, and certain items and events appear in the game. In 2015, more than $ 3.8 million in prize money was played at the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments.
Tournament on DOTA 2
Tournament on LOL