Top 10 Professional Gaming Leagues to Watch in 2019 These are the competitions where we learn the cream of the crop.

Esports are among the most popular form of entertainment available today. It’s nearly a billion-dollar industry that’s pioneering blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies. Professional gaming is also a dream career for gamers around the globe.

There are a ton of esports leagues and tournaments this year. Some are focused on one specific (often iconic) game, while others host a series of competitions.

If your trigger finger is itching, here are the best esports leagues to watch in 2019.


Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Genre: First-Person Shooter
2019 Tournaments: Zowie Asia October 2019


9. World Electronic Sports Games

Hearthstone Paladin Ranked Win

Game: CS:GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Starcraft II
Genre: Various
2019 Tournaments: Grand Final Chongqing, China, March 7-17, 2019

8. FIFA eWorld Cup

Game: EA Sports FIFA
Genre: Sports
2019 Tournaments: Global Series 2019 (Ongoing), The Grand Final (TBA) FECWC (TBA)

7. Dreamhack

Game: Quake, CS:GO, Rocket League, Hearthstone,
Genre: Various
2019 Tournaments: Leipzig 2019 (February 2019), Leipzig, Germany; Corsair Dreamleague Season 11 (March 2019), Stockholm, Sweden; Rio 2019 (April 2019) Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Tours 2019 (May 2019), Tours, France; Dallas 2019 (May/June 2019), Dallas, TX; Summer 2019 (June 2019), Jonkoping, Sweden; Valencia 2019 (July 2019), Valencia, Spain; Montreal 2019 (September 2019), Montreal, Canada; Rotterdam 2019 (October 2019), Rotterdam, Netherlands; Atlanta 2019 (November 2019), Atlanta, GA; Winter 2019 (Nov/Dec 2019), Jonkoping, Sweden; Sevilla 2019 (December 2019), Sevilla, Spain

6. National PUBG League

Game: PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds
Genre: Battle Royale
2019 Tournaments: NPL Phase 1, Feb 1-Mar 9, Manhattan Beach, CA

5. League of Legends World Championship and League of Legends Championship Series

Game: League of Legends
Genre: MOBA
2019 Tournaments: Spring Split Jan/Mar 2019; Summer Split TBA; World Finals ~November 2019

4. World Cyber Games

Game: TBA
Genre: TBA
2019 Tournaments: WCG 2019 July 18-21, 2019 Xi’an, China

3. EVO Championship Series

Game: Tekken, Street Fighter, Injustice, Super Smash Bros, Guilty Gear, Dragonball FighterZ, Blazblue Cross Tag Battle
Genre: Fighting
2019 Tournaments: Evo 2019, August 2-4, 2019, Las Vegas, NV

2. ESL Gaming


Game: Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
Genre: FPS
2019 Tournaments: ESL One – Cologne, Germany (July 2019), Katowice, Poland (Feb 2019), Mumbai, India (April 2019), Birmingham, U.K. (May 2019); Intel Extreme Masters – Katowice, Poland (Feb 2019), Sydney, Australia (May 2019); ESL Pro League (Ongoing), ESL National Championships (Ongoing)

1. Twitch Rivals

Game: APEX Legends, Celeste, Magic: The Gathering Arena, CS:GO, Dota 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Hearthstone, Starcraft II, League of Legends, etc.
Genre: Any
2019 Tournaments: Ongoing

Stay tuned for more esports coverage. With Luxor’s HyperX Esports Arena getting a big push, it’s possible we’ll see esports become as big in Vegas as UFC and boxing.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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