The call of lucrative loot and a fat salary have made up your mind for you. Now is the best time to enter the fray of competitive esport games.
Last year, the top-grossing games paid out more than $100 million in prize pools. Players among the most popular games average $105,000 yearly salaries.
Here are seven of the top-grossing games that you can play your way to an early retirement.
7. Call of Duty
Each year, there’s a new Call of Duty pumped out of the Activision machine. Its sensational success every iteration is a risk-free investment. No matter the reviews, there will always be an audience.
New Call of Duty games, particularly this year’s, stray further and further from casual play. This year’s anticipated game is now gearing up to be quite a competitive blockbuster.
Blizzard’s masterpiece has yet to run out of steam since its release. Overwatch, time-after-time, has proven to be a fan favorite.
Its fresh sense of style and renovated take on competitive shooters is a proverbial goldmine. Even last year, the prize pool doubled over 2017’s. This year is looking to quadruple that amount.
5. Esport Games Classic: Starcraft II
This title’s popularity may not be as booming as others on this list, but it’s stable. The Starcraft franchise is a cult classic.
There will always be players for this game. By nature, it’s an extremely head-to-head type game. Because of its stability and play-style, it’ll forever be a popular esports game.
4. League of Legends
League of Legends, LoL for short, falls under the MOBA category. A MOBA is an acronym for “multiplayer online battle arena.”
MOBA’s are the strategy, fast-paced games that pit you against others. The fiery competition among players is a breeding ground for high stake games.
Prize pools in this category can collectively topple the sum of all of the games on this list thus far.
The scene for this genre will not die down. And this is only the second largest on this list.
3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
A fan favorite. Counter-Strike is the sweetheart of many esport gamers. It’s where a lot of players began their journey.
Its nostalgic intrigue and infinitely fun game type are a popular choice for esports. Each round of Counter-Strike is a nail-biting fight to the death. Viewers and players alike love it.
Last year’s prize pool was a little under $25 million.
A game with such notoriety that even moms know of its existence. Fortnite wasn’t the first of its type. In fact, it got a lot of its inspiration from PUBG – another battle royale game.
But its free entrance fee surged its popularity and took the gaming world by siege. Just about anyone with an internet connection can play, making it vastly popular.
Fortnite’s producers have slated $80 million worth of prizes for this year.
However, the brightest flames die out the fastest. The large prize pool is more of a death scream than anything. The future of this game likely won’t be as bright.
1. Dota 2
It’s the mother of all MOBA’s. It has such a massive player-base and fandom that fuel its life.
Last year’s largest tournament, a whopping $25 million, was crowdfunded. Meaning, activists of the games supported its massive winnings. That’s how popular the game is.
Its year-over-year success may finally be overshadowed by Fortnite’s large cash pool, however.
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There are seven games that topple the esport games industry.
MOBAs like League of Legends and Dota 2 are massively popular strategy battle games. Startcraft II is their classic grandfather.
Shooter games, like Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Counter-Strike will always be a staple. They offer timeless fun.
Fortnite, embracing the new genre of battle royale, has skyrocketed in fandom and prize loot.
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