In 2021, cybersport tournaments continued to take place offline. In this piece, let’s highlight the most popular and interesting cybersport games in Canada at the end of the year. Disciplines were rated by the total prize pool drawn for the year, as well as the number of regular and occasional viewers at broadcasts.
- Prize pool: $99 million
- Number of tournaments with prizes: 673
- Year released: 2017
- Developer: Epic Games
- Genre: Battle Royale
Words are superfluous about the popularity of this game. It still sits on the Twitch throne and isn’t about to relinquish that seat. Epic Games have been serious about getting their brainchild into the cybersport disciplines quickly. The prize pool for the 2018-2019 tournaments stood at $100m. In comparison, League of Legends tournaments shared $12m over the same period.
Kyle Bugha Gearsdorf is the winner of the Fortnite World Cup (2019). He received $3 million for his achievement and became one of the world’s 10 richest cyber athletes.
As of June 2021, Fortnite still feels great in cybersport. Every year, new seasons of official Fortnite Champion Series competitions open, as well as amateur matches.
There are a bunch of bookmakers among which Vulkan Fortnite and other types of cybersports and championships offer.
- Prize pool: $230.8 million
- Number of tournaments with prizes: 1487
- Year released: 2013
- Developer: Valve
- Genre: MOBA
Dota2 esports betting does not have the largest gaming community, but the biggest prize pool for the World Cup. Due to logistical problems, Valve marked off all majors and minors until the end of the year and, most importantly, The International was not held in Spring 2020. As a result, Dota fell 11% (253.3 million) in terms of viewing hours.
The most popular tournaments in the pandemic were the European tournaments, where teams from the CIS also began to compete. In 2021, the Dota Pro Circuit system resumed with an extremely truncated format. The number of majors was reduced to two and regional leagues instead of majors and regional qualifiers were launched by Valve.
But The International still took place and it attracted over 2.7 million viewers – 700,000 more than TI9. The Dota 2 tournament had a prize pool of $40 million.
- Prize pool: $110.5 million
- Number of tournaments with prizes: 5481
- Year released: 2012
- Developer: Valve
- Genre: first-person team shooter
Like Dota, Counter-Strike primarily revolves around large international tournaments – a situation that has also caused problems since the start of the Pandemic. In addition, serious competition to the shooter is now imposed by Valorant, where American and some European cyber-sportsmen are leaving en masse.
But CS:GO has proven to be a more stable game than Dota 2. Despite the scene’s problems, spectators still actively follow the tournaments. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has many tournaments, leagues, and championships. Chief among these is the World Electronic Sports Games. The most recent Major seventeenth CS:GO tournament, the PGL Major Stockholm 2021, drew a prize pool of $2.