It's become the norm for parents to disregard playing video games as a waste of time and money, and if they are thinking along these lines, then they haven't seen how successful the world of esports is moving right now. Massive sums of money are up for grabs, fame, and huge audiences come naturally, and thanks to sponsors, gamers can turn their gaming passion into a career. According to research by Newzoo, it's estimated esports will deliver &1.79 billion each year by the time we reach 2022. With new titles entering the esports world every year, which are the most impressive titles impacting esports this year?
#1 Dota 2
Even though Dota 2 isn't a new entrant for this year, it certainly deserves to be among our list of the best esports game around. Dota 2 remains one of the most played online MOBA games around today.
Players have a selection of over 100 characters to take into battle, and the F2P makes use of each heroes' attributes, individual abilities, and play style to send your team to victory.
For those playing (or watching) Dota 2 for the first time, the game seems hugely complicated. Still, thanks to Dota 2 International, the game has massive cash prizes of more than $30 million and is insanely competitive, listing the game as an esport.
7.6 million concurrent players in one session are the figures that Epic Games boasted for Fortnite at the start of 2019, so it is easy to see why the game is favored over competitor battle royale PUBG with a record of only 3 million concurrent players.
Thanks to its colorful graphics, an excellent construction mechanic, zany combat, this free-to-play title is worth a shot for every player. Microtransactions can be ignored as they aren't entirely necessary (until you get hooked).
This year we saw a single player take home $3 million from a $30 million prize pot for the Fortnite World Cup.
#3 Dragon Ball FighterZ
Dragon Ball FighterZ is an anime-turned-video game entry that is all about aliens, humans, hefty monkey men, and androids dealing and receiving blows in real-life combat battles.
The game boasts a 2D playing field with a three v three tag-team style for some explosive battles. The graphics are excellent; it offers a great control system and provides some pretty intense fighting scenarios. Thanks to Bandai Namco's Dragon Ball Fighterz World Tour, the game has made a significant entry into the competitive gaming space.
#4 League of Legends
The title in position four is an F2P MOBA, incorporating tower defense, RTS, and RPG elements that differentiate it from any other MOBAs currently around.
The core mechanics of League are complex, although it has the benefit of being highly accessible. Some may argue that League is the face of MOBA gaming, and from an esports perspective, Riot Games supports the League of Legends Championships offering a prize pot of $2 million.
#5 Mortal Kombat 11
NetherRealm Studios' latest addition to the fighting series offers much more than blood splatter, severed spinal cords, and smashed skulls, which created the fame and making the games what they are today. To alter their present, Mortal Kombat 11 fighters use time travel to take down their past rivals in epic battles.
The fighters play better than any other Mortal Kombat game thanks to revamped defensive and offensive mechanics. NetherRealm Studios bring Mortal Kombat 11 to the esports table under its Pro Series esports program.