2019 was impressive concerning the world of esports events. Different regions around the globe hosted the most significant esports events in 2019. Almost every weekend hosted greatness, keeping fans entertained the whole year. It pushed the industry to new heights and forecasts even better events in 2020. Now, esports fans wait with high expectations for what is in store for them. Below is a list of some of Esportz Network’s top five most awaited 2020 esports events.
Call of Duty League
The Call of Duty League is a highly anticipated event with the opening season set to begin on January 24. It features 12 franchised teams that acquired their spots last year.
Call of Duty’s most prominent players in this best-recognized shooter series can obtain awards of at least $6 million in prizes. The massive prize money involved means the inaugural season will be under extensive inspection.
This tournament will not be a single event, but rather, each team travels to various places while performing. Fans will be expecting to know whether this year’s Call of Duty League season will meet their expectations. Call of Duty League’s success will depend through advertisements, direct advertisements, or brand deals.
Dota 2’s The International is one of the biggest esports events in the year. Although The International does not have the biggest viewership in esports events, they excel in terms of prize money and attracting many participants.
For instance, the 2019 Dota 2 tournament boasted a total prize pool money of $34 million. The lump-sum prize money is one of the main reasons why this event will be the most awaited. The event begins August 18 with 18 top Dota 2 teams participating based on their qualifiers and Pro Circuit performance. TI10 takes place at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
Overwatch is a popular game played by thousands of gamers worldwide. The Overwatch League, Overwatch’s competitive league organized by Blizzard Entertainment, is scheduled to kick off on February 8.
During the initial stage, esports teams from different countries can participate, with only five qualifying teams advancing to the next step. Qualification rounds feature twenty teams, which will take place in 19 cities around the world.
OWL is returning with $5 million in prize cash awards in 2020. Interestingly, its initial trial with franchising in esports became one of the most prominent esports tournaments that supporters admire. The fan involvement is massive, with lots of sponsorship money and deals involved.
League of Legends World Championship
In 2019, the League of Legends World Championship broke records in esports and fans expect more success this year too. League of Legends, published by Riot Games and the most popular esport title, hosts the most awaited event of the year. Organizers did not announce the official start date for the tournament, but qualification rounds begin before the actual event.
The 2020 tournament, happening in Shanghai, China at the Shanghai Stadium, will feature 24 teams from 14 countries globally. Riot Games is maintaining a perfect state in LoL’s competitive sphere with healthy ecosystems within the board. This process guarantees long-term stability with massive prize pools without the demand for promotions leading to its excellence.
Fortnite World Championship
The Fortnite World Championship received lots of attention in 2019 when they hosted a $30 million prize pool, with over 2.3 million supporters watching live. Headlines were made when then 16-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf won first place, earning more prize money than winners in sports tournaments.
Organizers have not announced the official start date for the tournament, but based on previous events, it should occur during the summer months.
The above events are some of esports’ fans most awaited and the most profitable events. Every esports event in 2019 amounted to a total prize pool of $215 million, with most of the above events as significant contributors.
Fans should be excited about the upcoming entertainment and surprises coming up in the esports scene.
Written by Alex Johnson
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