E-sports is a young industry. It came together with the rise of gamers worldwide. In South Korea e-sports players are very respected. These are some of the games you can play for fun but also as a professional career. Considering the budgets and rewards of online tournaments, this might be a good idea for many passionate gamers.
Dota 2, League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm and Vainglory
All these games are in the genre called MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena). Rise of Dota 2 and League of Legends came way before the rise of Battle Royale games. All of these games are still very popular among e-sports players and fans. These can be played alone or in a team. There is also only one goal – destroy the opponent. MOBA titles can often be seen on e-sports TV stations.
Unreal Tournament, Doom, Counter-strike and Call of Duty
Just to be clear, these are not all first person shooters used as e-sports representatives. However, they are some of the most popular ones on Steam (PC) and consoles (most e-sports players use Playstation 4 and Xbox One). The rewards in these games keep going up every year. There is more interest in these games as well. Unreal Tournament, Doom and Counter-strike are old titles, which means most players know about them and have most likely played them ten to fifteen or more years ago.
All these games are produced and maintained by their publishers and developers. However, the new Unreal Tournament is currently placed for free inside Epic Launcher and anyone can play the game online or against the bots to practice. Unreal Tournament 3 is still very popular but the new one called Unreal Tournament (no number attached to it) is still in production since more than three years ago. It’s being developed by both Epic Games and the community.
This project might also remain free to play because of how one of other Epic’s project turned out (Fortine). They intend to have the community produce the cosmetic items and only take a percentage of the sales. There is no final release date for the new Unreal Tournament game. But updates are being published regularly. And chances are you will have plenty of people to play with online.
Fortnite, Playerunknown’s Battleground – Battle Royale Genre
This whole genre got started by PUBG not that long ago. “Battle royale” term actually came from a Japanese movie of the same name. In these types of games there are up to 100 players on the map. They fall from the sky and start collecting resources. Anyone can attack anyone at any time. The trick is to be the last people alive. These are another type of game you can play professionally, either by participating in tournaments or as a Twitch streamer. Yes, you can just play for online audience and still make decent money. Such as the streamer going by the name ‘Ninja’ who is one of the most popular Fortnite streamers. He also has some sharp skills so I wouldn’t recommend playing against him.