Esports is no doubt in full expansion mode. And after the breakthroughs we’ve seen this year, in 2018, with streamers such as Ninja reaching an absolutely massive audience and breaking into the mainstream media with his popularity, more and more people are guaranteed to find out not just about Fortnite, which isn’t even an esport yet in the true sense of the word, but about the other, more established titles. I’m talking about League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch and many more.
To give you a more detailed view of esports statistics, consider the following numbers from some of the most popular esports titles played today:
01. League of Legends Statistics
League of Legends is a MOBA game with a player base of over 100 million and hundreds of professional teams. The game has over a dozen major leagues all over the world, that are played like those of any other sport: every week throughout the duration of the regular season, matches are being played and points are accumulated. At the end of the season, Playoffs take place and the best teams from each region move on to compete in various official tournaments like the Mid Season Invitational. Each year, a massive world championship is organized which brings together the best 24 teams in the world.
02. Dota 2 Statistics
This is another MOBA game but with a smaller player base of only around 10 million. However, Dota 2 has one of the most prolific professional scenes in all of esports, with hundreds of professional teams and dozens of official tournaments being organized each year as part of its circuit, called the Dota Pro Circuit. Around 25-30 tournaments are included in this yearly circuit and these are live events which bring together between 8 and 16 teams from 6 different regions: Europe, CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States, which are countries from the former Soviet Union), North America, South America, Southeast Asia and China. Their prize pools are either $300,000 or $1 million, depending on each tournament’s type. Minors have a prize pool of $300,000 dollars and reward the top 4 participants with a total of 300 qualification points for the yearly world championship (called The International) while Majors have a prize pool of 1 million dollars and reward the top 4 participants with a total of 1500 qualification points.
03. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Statistics
Like Dota 2, this esports title was developed and published by Valve Corporation and has a prolific professional scene with dozens of major events each year. In 2018, around 40 different LAN events will be organized in total, with prize pools ranging from $100,000 to $1.5 million.
Top CS:GO professionals make huge salaries of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year and the entire esports industry is starting to look a lot more like traditional sports, where it is not uncommon for athletes to make millions each year simply for offering their services to a professional team.
04. Overwatch Statistics
Overwatch is a newer esports title released just a few years ago by Blizzard Entertainment. This year, in 2018, the first edition of the Overwatch League has been organized, involving 12 teams from North America. The league takes place in 4 stages followed by Playoffs and then a world championship, called the Overwatch World Cup 2018. A total of several million dollars are offered in prizes to the participating teams, but that’s just for their presence in the events themselves. Broadcasting rights are a different story. So far, the Overwatch League has been a huge success and as a result, Blizzard Entertainment has already announced its plans for the creation of a similar league in Europe. This will happen at the start of 2019.