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
Game: CS:GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Starcraft II
2019 Tournaments: Grand Final Chongqing, China, March 7-17, 2019
Game: EA Sports FIFA
2019 Tournaments: Global Series 2019 (Ongoing), The Grand Final (TBA) FECWC (TBA)
Game: Quake, CS:GO, Rocket League, Hearthstone,
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
Game: PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds
Genre: Battle Royale
2019 Tournaments: NPL Phase 1, Feb 1-Mar 9, Manhattan Beach, CA
Game: League of Legends
2019 Tournaments: Spring Split Jan/Mar 2019; Summer Split TBA; World Finals ~November 2019
2019 Tournaments: WCG 2019 July 18-21, 2019 Xi’an, China
Game: Tekken, Street Fighter, Injustice, Super Smash Bros, Guilty Gear, Dragonball FighterZ, Blazblue Cross Tag Battle
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
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)
Game: APEX Legends, Celeste, Magic: The Gathering Arena, CS:GO, Dota 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Hearthstone, Starcraft II, League of Legends, etc.
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.