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There are so many amazing eSports tournaments this year. Nonetheless, to guide you in the right direction, we have listed 6 of the biggest esports tournaments this year below.
Valorant: The Championship Tour
An international eSport event that became a big hit after its first tournament. Established in 2021 by Riot Games, this first-person shooter eSport has become very popular. The inaugural competition was held in December 2021 and hosted in Berlin, Germany. The 2022 season is expected to be held both online and offline at various stages, though the location hasn’t been confirmed. The prize pool announced is estimated to be $30,000 and players can’t wait for the season to kick off.
Leagues of Legends: World Championship
The League of Legends World Championship was officially introduced in 2011 and is hosted by Riot Games. This professional esports tournament has been held annually to date in various countries and regions respectively. The 24 participating teams are drawn from Riot Games’ Professional League. The event broke the world record of being the most viewed final in 2018. This year’s World Championship has been highly anticipated by both players and viewers.
Dota 2 International
Dota 2 is one of the top games on mobile and laptop. The tournament was introduced in August 2011 and organised by Valve. It is the concluding tournament of the Dota Pro Circuit as teams from the latter tournament advance to the international level. It has a large prize pool of $40,000,000 and so it is highly coveted by everyone interested in eSports. A total of 20 teams are expected to participate in this year’s competition and viewers can’t wait to discover which team will emerge as the winner.
Apex Legends Global Series
The Apex Legends Global Series was introduced in 2020, not long after the game was released. This series is quite peculiar as it allows both amateurs and professionals from all around the world to battle against one another. The 2021/2022 global series is its second season and the prize pool is estimated to be $5,000,000. As the tournament gives equal opportunities to both top teams and new teams, every player looks forward to it. The series already started in September 2021 with the finals expected to be held in July. In addition, viewers are curious which team will be going home with the title and prize money.
CSGO Blast Premier
Though this eSport tournament was newly introduced in 2020, it has gained quite a lot of recognition worldwide. Previously known as the Blast Pro Series, CS:GO, Blast Premier is one of the most exciting game events in the world. The tournament has been mainly hosted in North America and Europe. This year, 12 top CS:GO teams from all around the world are battling for a prize pool of $2,475,000. As the spring group stage started in January, the World Final is expected to commence in December. You definitely don’t want to miss it.
CSGO: IEM Katowice
Unlike other eSport events, CSGO: Katowice wasn’t introduced recently. It has been established since 2014. Since its introduction, it has been one of the most looked forward to events in the eSports calendar. The event isn’t broken down into seasons, as the length of the competition is two weeks. 24 teams gather together to compete for the prize money of $1,000,000 while competing on various game maps. The 2022 tournament is held at Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland. It should provide a lot of interesting action, and is definitely not one to be missed.