What are the most played eSports in the world?

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Gaming and eSports / 2 April, 2021
What are the most played eSports in the world?

Andrea Daly Aurenty Journalist

With considerable annual growth, the video game industry continues to position itself in many ways, including popular eSports, including Fornite and League of Legends with millions of players and numerous tournaments.

The video game industry is one of the fastest growing industries in recent years, attracting millions of new players and fans every month. New games, new teams and new competitions, also known as ‘eSports’ ensure sustained growth in this market that is here to stay.

With almost infinite options to play, specific titles have generated such an audience and impact on the gamer population that championships have been born with great prizes for those who position themselves in the first place.

With this industry booming, let’s talk about the most played eSports in the world.

Increase of spectators in eSports tournaments around the world

Increase of spectators in eSports tournaments around the world

The video game industry continues to rise and hand in hand, the popularity of eSports follows the same path.


This video game was released during 2017 and has achieved surprising growth. Currently, this video game brings together 350 million gamers around the world and is one of the games with the most tournaments.

Fornite also has a significant number of professional players, with a total of 4,346 and was created by Epic Games and People Can Fly studios.

This game also has the Fortnite World Cup, an event that in its 2020 edition gathered more than 2.3 million viewers between YouTube and Twitch during the final, as explained by Epic Games adding that this event is one of the most watched.

The player who took first place in the FWC, won a total of USD $ 3,000,000 in the individual rankings.

League of Legends

Riot Games developed this video game that came out in 2009. This multiplayer online battle arena has between 100 and 120 million players online. The championships of this game exceed 2,500 and it has more than 7,000 professional players.

Although League of Legends has a lower number of players compared to Fortnite, it has a greater number of tournaments, as well as a greater amount of money distributed in them.

League of Legends also has its world tournament and in its 2020 edition it reached a peak of almost 46 million viewers and the prize to be distributed by the winners was US 2.34 million.

The winner of this edition went home with more than $ 562,000.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

This FPS developed by Valve Corporation and Hidden Path Entertainment is, without a doubt, one of the most played games at professional levels. By 2020, more than 80 tournaments were held around the world, with a total of $ 3.6M in prize money.

CS: GO also has an important record. As of March 15, 2020, this game surpassed one million simultaneously active players, reflecting the popularity of this game released during 2012.


This multiplayer of the DOTA series was designed by IceFrog and released during 2013. Since then, its popularity has increased, leading its professional players to face each other in tournaments that, although they have not been so many compared to those named above, their prizes tend to be older.

According to Ipso, this game has more than 3,200 professional players and is quite similar to League of Legends.

The video game industry

Video games and everything they involve are here to stay. Its growth continues to surprise investors and experts predict that this trend will continue in the coming years, making it an attractive option to include in your investment portfolio.

The profits generated by this industry at a global level continue to increase every year and the combination of popular video games, such as those mentioned above, and new video games are one of the many reasons why this has become one of the largest industries of this time.

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