Have you ever wondered how exactly your favorite video games came into being? Esports has been our ultimate source of entertainment for years, so much so that some of our core childhood memories come straight from a computer screen. However, the industry’s journey to becoming one of the leading global markets has been rather difficult.
Patch up! Because we’re about to unleash the origin of your favorite video games and take you back in time to where it all started.
WHAT IS ESPORTS?
As the name suggests Esports or Electronic Sports is a digital approach towards indoor sports. It involves video games that are followed professionally to compete in different tournaments and other events. These events primarily involve teams or players competing against one another on the same platform for the decided prize money.
One of the most important reasons behind esports’ alleged popularity is the role of teenagers admiring online games for decades. With the increasing accessibility of the internet, online games are in an all-time high market. Thus, making esports a prominent industry in modern times. For more information on esports and its background do check out our article on Esports: A Competitive Guide.
HISTORY OF GLOBAL ESPORTS
Have you ever wondered where exactly your favorite esports games and events originated from? It’s probably earlier than your estimation. This article will give you a detailed history of worldwide esports.
The first sign of an esports event dates back to early 1971-1972. The need of upholding an esports event for the younger generation was first recognized by the University of Stanford, wherein college students of vivid disciplines got to compete in a tournament of the original Spacewar game.
But unlike the modern trend, there was no dedicated prize pool. This pioneer event introduced the prize of a year-long subscription to the famous Rolling Stone magazine of the time.
Although this event was not an official esports event, it was the first token of recognition for the world of gaming. Thus the trend this event established kickstarted the first official esports/competitive gaming tournament in the year 1980.
FIRST OFFICIAL ESPORTS TOURNAMENT 1980
The world’s first-ever Esports tournament was the Space Invaders Championship which accommodated more than 10,000 players. Even though this number might seem comparatively less as per current times, it was rather significantly large participation during that period. The huge amount of interest positioned the concept of esports in the world’s eyes. Media, game developers, and several other groups worldwide slowly started to realize the potential of competitive gaming and esports as a whole
Though, it was eventually in the early 2000s that esports gained popularity and taught public attention. Many promising esports-oriented event management entities emerged, this was inclusive of the World Cyber Games and Electronic Sports World Cup. The launch of Major League Gaming (MLG) was also a benchmark of the time.
HOW LIVE STREAMING TRANSFORMED GAMING
Halo 2 led by the USA network was the first ever televised broadcast of an esports event. It is safe to say that broadcasting esports events were not a major hit back in the day, however, things were about to change with the distribution of Twitch in 2011. The invention of Twitch led to the first open public live-streaming and broadcasting platform that allowed gamers to connect with their fans.
While this might seem common as per current developments, it was an extraordinary deal for gamers across the world back in the 2010s. This made Twitch have an active hand in publicizing esports in general, as it made live streaming more easy and doable.
THE FIRST-EVER MEGA ESPORTS EVENT
With esports gaining massive public support, in 2011 the first-ever mega esports event was held by League of Legends titled “International Championship”. The same series of League of Legends events also went completely sold out during the 2013 edition held in Los Angeles.
In 2014 Amazon bought some of the most successful gaming-related businesses including Twitch and League of Legends which would proceed to become some of the biggest commercial hits of all time.
Not to forget mentioning that other players were co-existing in the market, while most struggled to survive- only a few managed to make a business out of the industry. Some of these are now popular names including Epic Games, Blizzard Entertainment, Rockstar Games, etc.. Over the course of the 2010s esports was at an all-time high value with many games making it to the professional scene and multiple esports tournaments becoming a part of the culture.
THE ESPORTS INDUSTRY IN 2022
And that’s how gaming became a prominent part of every teenager and young adult’s life. Today, the esports industry (professional gaming) is worth 1.44 billion U.S. dollars as of 2022. With the most valuable tournament exhibiting a prize pool of 47.79 million U.S. dollars (Dota 2).
It is also evaluated that with a CAGR of 21.0% during the forecast period, the esports industry will reach a total revenue of 5.48 billion U.S. dollar by 2029. Not to forget mentioning that, around 276,787 people in the United States are employed in the video games industry as of 2022, contributing to employment majorly post Covid-19.
Top 10 League of Legends Esports Players
It is no secret that League of Legends is one of the most popular games in the world. With over 100 million players, this game has made a huge impact on the world. But who are the top players? Players like Bjergsen, Faker, Doublelift, and Kuroky have been dominating the league for years and have made a name for themselves. With the increasing popularity of the game, it is important to know who is the best on the field.
The best players in the world are the ones that have a skill for strategy, mechanics, and decision-making. These are the players you want to watch and the players you want to root for. They have a certain level of charisma and skill that captivates an audience. So here are the best League of Legends professional players.
Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg is a Danish player for Team SoloMid. He is a mid-laner and was the 2014 World Champion. Bjergsen first started playing League of Legends in 2011 and has been playing it since. Born in Denmark, he started playing League of Legends professionally in 2013. Bjergsen is the only player to have won a World Championship, an Intel Extreme Masters, and an IEM.
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok is one of the best League of Legends players in the world. He has been playing since the game came out in 2009 and has never stopped. Faker is also the only player that has ever won the Summoner’s Cup twice. Faker is a member of SK Telecom T1 and plays the top lane position. He is known for his incredible mechanical skill and is one of the most iconic League of Legends players of all time.
American League of Legends player Yiliang “Peter” Peng is best known as Doublelift. Currently a player for Team SoloMid, he was the first player to reach 1 million followers on his Twitch channel. He was also ranked in the top 10 of the most popular players in the world on the League of Legends website. Doublelift is known for his aggressive playstyle. He is one of the best ADC players in the world and has won two World Championships, two North American LCS titles, and an IEM World Championship.
Since 2013, Doublelift has had a big rivalry with Faker, who is a Korean player. Doublelift has a lot of fans in the North American and European regions.
Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi is a professional League of Legends player and former player of Counter-Strike 1.6 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. He is known for his aggressive playstyle, which earned him the nickname “The Emperor”. He was a member of the Moscow Five team, which he left in 2010 to join Counter Logic Gaming EU. He is considered the best player in the world in the mid-lane role and has won the most competitive tournaments in the game. He is currently playing for Team Liquid. Kuro has earned $1,200,000 from tournament winnings and prize money.
South Korean League of Legends play Jeong “Impact” Eon-young from team Evil Genius is one of the most talked about personalities in the industry. As a player of team SK Telecom T1 K back in the day, Impact won the Season 3 League of Legends World Championship. Some of his career highlights include World champion (2013) and five times LCS championships.
Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin is a top League of Legends player and one of the best junglers in the game. He is known for his diverse champion pool, which includes champions such as Lee Sin, Elise, and Gragas. Reignover is ranked number one on the EUW solo queue ladder and is the top-ranked jungle in the world. Consistently over the years, Reignover has secured multiple titles under his name, making him League of Legends one of the most known faces.
Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen is one of the top players in the League of Legends North American region. He is best known for being the team’s shot-caller and making sure that everyone on the team is enjoying themselves. Santorin’s team, Team SoloMid, is one of the best teams in North America and the world. They are currently ranked #1 in North America and #2 in the world.
Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung is considered by many to be the best League of Legends player in the world. He is a former member of the SK Telecom T1 team and has been playing since 2009. Olleh has become a cult icon in the League of Legends community and is known to have an excellent sense of humor.
He is known for his extremely flamboyant plays, which makes him an easy target for criticism. He won the World Championship with his team SK Telecom in 2013 and then joined the team Unicorns of Love in 2014 and became the team’s starting mid-laner.
Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss is a veteran player in the League of Legends scene. He is known for his aggressive playstyle and ability to play any champion, which has led him to a career spanning over 10 years. Currently a Swedish assistant coach and substitute bot laner for Team Vitality, Hjarnan is one of the oldest League of Legends players who is still active to this date.
Danish player Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen began playing as a support player for Tricked Esports in 2013, and he has since played for many different teams including TSM, G2 and CJ Gaming. Previously known as Niels, Zven changed his name after joining G2 Esports where he would eventually earn several achievements including EU LSC Summer, Spring 2017.
And that sums up our list of the top 10 League of Legends esports players of all time. Which of these players is your favorite? Don’t forget to comment down below!
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List of PC games that originated in India and became popular
In the history of gaming, India has had few games made in India. The reason is simple: if you’re a developer in the US or Europe and want to make a game, you can go right to your publisher’s offices, build it on their computers and servers, then ship it over to them. If you’re an Indian developer with no way to access this infrastructure, things are much more complicated.
Games of Glory
Games of Glory is an online multiplayer video game developed by Nexon and published by Nexon. It is a free-to-play third-person shooter game. It was released on Steam on November 20, 2016. The game has a rating of 75% in Game Rankings based on 456 user reviews.
The world has been destroyed by nuclear war, and it’s up to you to survive in this post-apocalyptic landscape where mutants roam around looking for food or people to eat. You play as one such mutant called “Glory” (a nickname given by humans), who must survive against other mutants in order for him/herself or his/her friends to survive as well.
Shadowgun Legends is a free-to-play first-person shooter video game developed by Madfinger Games, a division of Madfinger Games, and published by Madfinger Games.
Games of Glory is a free-to-play cyberpunk MOBA video game developed by the Swedish studio Lightbulb Crew, who are also known for their work on the “Survivor Squad” games. It was released on 18 May 2017 in open beta for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Linux.
Crocodile Dentist – The Game
Crocodile Dentist – The Game is a PC game developed by the Indian company, Hummingbird Studios. It was released in 2013 and has since become one of the most popular games in India.
The game features an anthropomorphic crocodile dentist who acts as your guide through his office, teaching you about oral health and other topics related to it. As you progress through the levels of this game, you’ll meet different characters such as a cat who teaches you about dental hygiene or an elephant who helps him fix broken teeth with his trunk.
India is a developing country. It is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, but this does not mean that there are no gaming companies or studios in India. In fact, there are many gaming developers and studios working on video games for international markets like America and Europe.
These developers work on several projects at once to make sure they can compete with other countries’ best game developers. The Indian government has also given them support by providing tax breaks for those who want to invest their money into creating new video games based on Indian culture or mythology (such as Mahabharata).
The Best Esports Games for 2023
These are the top 10 eSports games in 2021, 2022 and 2023. This is a list of the top 12 professional eSports teams across the world. This is a list of all professional team rosters of the best-funded eSports teams, ranked by prize money. These teams play under one or more team names in different esports titles. The most-funded gaming franchise is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
DOTA 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is the most popular esports game in the world, with over 110 million players worldwide. The game was released on Steam for Microsoft Windows and OS X on July 9th, 2013; on March 10th 2014 it was released for Linux-based operating systems such as Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Fedora 21 Beta; in September 2015 it was released for PlayStation 4.
DOTA 2 has been praised for its replayability and community-driven development as well as its wide range of content including professional tournaments with prize pools exceeding $20 million (USD).
League of Legends
League of Legends is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game developed by Riot Games. It’s the most popular esport in the world, with more than 100 million active players each month and over $1 billion USD in tournament prize money awarded since its inception in 2009.
League of Legends has the most active professional teams in the world, with over 100 teams competing at any given time. The game has also been played professionally since 2010, when Season 1 began; since then it’s been one of EA Sports’ biggest titles for esports coverage (alongside FIFA).
Fortnite Battle Royale is a free-to-play third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly. It was released in 2017 as a beta test for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One before being released officially on July 25, 2017. Fortnite Battle Royale is the first title in the Fortnite universe and follows various characters fighting for survival on an island called “Fortnite Island.”
In this game mode, 100 players are dropped onto an island with limited resources such as weapons, ammunition and health kits (HP). The goal is to be the last person left alive at the end of each round which lasts around three minutes according to its length. When one player dies or leaves the server (if they leave from their own accord), then everyone else must kill them—this gives them points toward winning but also makes it harder for everyone else since there’s less players left alive when it comes time for round three!
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
CS:GO is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation. CS:GO is the successor to the original Counter-Strike, which was released on August 23, 1999. Players must choose between the Terrorists or Counter-Terrorists team to complete missions in order to win rounds and ultimately win the game.
CS:GO has been praised for its realism, fast pace and diverse gameplay modes such as deathmatch or team deathmatch (CTF). The game’s focus on realism makes it popular among competitive players who often play professionally online with teams or against other players in leagues held throughout the world annually by ESL.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the first in a two-part story that delves into the origins of the Zerg and Protoss. In addition to being an RTS, StarCraft II also features RPG elements such as character customization and development, among other things. The game was released on July 27, 2010 as part of Blizzard Entertainment’s “Blizzard Entertainment Announces Plans To Release New ‘StarCraft’ Games” press release announcement.
The game takes place in 2301 after humanity has discovered extraterrestrial life forms called “Zerg”. These creatures have invaded Earth and must be stopped by any means necessary; including nuclear weapons!
Injustice 2 is a fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It is the second installment in the Injustice series, succeeding Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Injustice 2 is an updated version of 2011’s Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe (MKvDCU). The game features characters from both universes, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn (all playable on their respective versions), but also includes new additions such as Catwoman and Shazam; new environments such as Metropolis or Gotham City; and even more customization options for players to customize their avatars with different skins/costumes from other games like Marvel vs Capcom 3 or Tekken 7.
Call of Duty: World War II
Call of Duty: World War II is a first-person shooter video game franchise developed by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games. It is the 15th installment in the series and was released on November 3, 2017. The game takes place during World War II and features a campaign mode followed by multiplayer modes.
The game has since received positive reviews from critics who praised its graphics, soundtrack, gameplay mechanics and replayability as well as noted that it’s better than other Call of Duty titles released earlier this decade.
Rocket League is a sports-action game that combines elements of football and driving to create a fast-paced, goal-oriented experience. The object of the game is to score goals by hitting balls in to your opponent’s goal. The first team to score five goals wins that match.
As you can imagine, Rocket League has been around for quite some time now (since 2015), so it’s one of those esports titles with an established fanbase who are likely already familiar with its gameplay style and mechanics—even if they haven’t played it before!
A look at the best eSports games to offer in tournaments.
The following are the best esports games to offer in tournaments:
DOTA 2: This free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) is by far the most popular game on this list. It’s also one of the oldest, having been released in 2012. While it remains popular among casual players and those who just want to experience something new, professional gamers play it too—and they’ve placed first at every major tournament since 2013. If you’re looking for something with a high skill ceiling and tons of customization options, DOTA 2 should be your go-to MOBA choice!
League of Legends: The first game on this list is League of Legends (LoL), which has become one itself as an esport over time thanks to its extremely flexible format. Players can choose from characters like Ashe or Singed; each character has their own unique abilities which determine how well they perform in battle against other players’ avatars known as “champions.” Each match lasts 20 minutes with no delays between rounds so there isn’t any downtime between rounds either–if anything happens during game play then whoever loses gets punished by losing points towards their overall score for that match.
There are many great eSports games to play, but the best esports games for 2022 will be those that offer exciting gameplay, a variety of modes and multiplayer options and good accessibility. The most popular categories of game will continue to be first person shooters such as Call of Duty or Counter Strike: Global Offensive while MOBA titles such as Dota 2 make an appearance on this list with new additions like StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void making it even more competitively viable than before.
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