Esports has come a very long way since the first event in 1972 – it was a competition held at Stanford University between students competing to be the champion of Spacewar.
Now it’s a billion-dollar industry with millions of fans across the globe.
2020 promises to be another great year for esports and these are the five events we’re really, really looking forward to.
League of Legends World Championship
Now into its ninth edition, the League of Legends World Championship is insanely popular.
In fact, it’s so popular that it’s an event at the 2022 Asia games, while it’s tipped to be the first esport to be added to the Olympics.
Game(s): League of Legends.
When is it? Yet to be confirmed but the 2019 event was 2 October to 10 November.
Where is it? Shanghai, China – at the 56,000 capacity Shanghai Stadium.
Once all entrants have been confirmed, you can find out the odds of the competing teams by heading to one of the top-ranked gambling sites found at Online Casinos.
Fortnite World Cup 2020
2019 saw the first-ever Fortnite World Cup, an event that was watched live by over 2.3 million people across the globe.
Held at the Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York, there was a prize pool of US$30 million, making it one of the richest esports events in history.
When is it? Yet to be confirmed but the 2019 event was July 26–28.
Where is it? Unconfirmed.
As it stands, the Fortnite World Cup 2020 is only rumored to be happening. However, given how successful the 2019 event was, it would be crazy if there wasn’t another in 2020.
With three main featured games, Genesis is one of the planet’s key Super Smash Bros esports events.
Other featured games include Rivals of Aether, and Splatoon 2, while there are five great side games – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, DDR Extreme, Magical Drop 3, Windjammers, and Super Street Fighter II Turbo.
Game(s): Ten different games – with Super Smash Bros the main event,
When is it? 24 - 26 January.
Where is it? Oakland, USA – at the Paramount Theatre.
You can catch a glimpse of the action from Genesis 6 by watching the video below:
EVO Japan 2020
Celebrating its third birthday in 2020 is EVO Japan, the Japanese edition of the long-running fighting games esport event.
EVO Japan featured Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Soulcalibur VI, and many more great games – expect more of the same in 2020.
Game(s): Many different fighting games.
When is it? 24 - 26 January.
Where is it? Chiba, Japan – at the 9,000 capacity Makuhari Messe.
One of the stories of the 2019 event was a (near) unknown 23-year-old player, Arlsan Ash, from Pakistan winning Tekken 7 Gold. You can read the story at Playstation Lifestyle.
Call of Duty League
Stepping on the grave of Call of Duty World League is Call of Duty League, an event that its organizers have claimed to be ten years in the making.
It features 12 teams representing four countries, each of which will be gunning for the Call of Duty Championship title.
Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
When is it? Multiple dates throughout 2020.
Where is it? Numerous countries.
While it only lasted from 2016 - 2019, Call of Duty World League was one of the best-loved esports events ever – let’s hope Call of Duty League is as good as its predecessor!
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You may have your own top picks for the esports events you’re looking forward to in 2020, but these are the ones we’re most excited about. We recommend you catch the action live!