With the ESports sector surging into the new decade, it should, therefore, come as no surprise that there’ll be more action in 2020 compared to the previous years. At its core, the scene flourishes around competitive video gaming which peaks at offline tournaments. While ESports comprises a myriad of events that are available at the Vulkan Vegas online casino among gaming platforms, the top ESports tournaments are the highlight of the sector’s reach. So, here’s a breakdown of the best ESports events that you should keep your eyes peeled for in 2020.
1. Hearthstone World Championship
Each year, 16 of the best players from across the globe gather to compete for the Hearthstone World Championship from the 4 regions of Asia, China, Europe, and the Americas. And, one player represents each region. 2019 brought a shift, altering the competitive system from 4 points earned to 3 tiers of play. In 2020 we’ll see Activision-Blizzard increasing the number of Master Tour stops, from 3 to 6 events. In turn, there’ll be a surge in the prize pools as a result of the extra events. Furthermore, each Masters Tour has assured a $250,000 prize pool excluding the crowd-funded rewards.
2. EVO 2020
As an acronym for Evolution Championship Series, EVO is one of the biggest fighting tournaments across the globe. While fighting games are typically not at the forefront of ESports news they have a unique position in competitive gaming. The FGC which stands for Fighting Game Community has been around for a while and maintained the competitive aura. EVO 2020 that’s scheduled for August will have 9 supported titles ranging from Super Smash Bros, Dragon Ball Fighter-Z, and Tekken 7 to Street Fighter 5, among others.
3. The League Championship of Call of Duty
After immense anticipation, Activision Blizzard has decided to establish a professional league that revolves around one of the top names worldwide. It has stood with the various Call of Duty tournaments for a while. But, the Call of Duty League ushers in franchises that are worth millions of dollars coupled with a structure that’s parallel to the biggest American sports leagues. With the league championship scheduled for anywhere between August and September 2020, there will be splits for summer and spring seasons.
4. The Overwatch World Cup
It’s a yearly ESports event that Blizzard Entertainment organizes and entails a preliminary stage that all nationals can compete in. The 5 best countries from this stage progress to the group stages coupled with 5 instantly qualified teams. 3 teams from each group level up to an elimination playoff at the Blizzard’s BlizzCon event that occurs every November.
5. League of Legends
It takes the cake when it comes to hype. Furthermore, the mid-season invitational perfectly transitions through half of the year. As you know, ESports tournaments are at optimum when summer rolls around as rivalries thrive and competitive seasons come to a close. When it comes to the top ESports, MSI which is a major event showcases the season’s champions. With the Spring Split victors from all the competitive jurisdictions, this event links summer to spring. The biggest players aid in dictating what the World Championship will look like.
6. The International
As a MOBA that Valve develops, Dota 2 takes the cake for the biggest prize pool for an ESports tournament. TI, an acronym for The International is Dota 2’s yearly world championship highlighting the top teams. Year-round teams are in rivalry for Dota Pro Circuit points to qualify for TI. In 2019, TI had a prize pool of a whopping $34 million which set the bar. It has a reputation for impressively substantial prize pools where competition is at its peak. Dota 2 team won T18 and T19 claiming consecutive large prize pools that cemented their players as the highest ESports earners for 2019. So, the ever-growing ESports community is eagerly anticipating how large the T10 prize pool will be. It’ll undoubtedly lure in viewers in droves when it rolls around in Sweden, anywhere between August and September.
7. The Starcraft II World Championship
It’s a series of events that Blizzard Entertainment organizes. Geared to include the 4 big Starcraft II broadcasters (Star Ladder, Afreeca TV, ESL, and Dream Hack) the championship will incorporate a $2 million prize pool that will spread across various events year-round. WCS (World Championship Series) will be divided into Korea and Circuit and only reunited in the playoffs and finals to wrap up the season.
The Bottom Line
ESports is growing at an unbelievably faster rate courtesy of its competitive nature. So, whether you want to tune-in and catch a few hours of action-packed gameplay between the pros or keep up with your favorite team in a weekly ESports tournament, the above events are a great place to start.