eSports Local Video Game Tournaments and Championships

Competitive video gaming or eSports is something that has exploded in recent years and is now a new revenue source for the video games and merchandise industry. There are enormous multiplayer competitions as well as local video game tournaments and championships for gamers to take part in. Some eSports championships receive investments from billion-dollar game publishers, broadcast TV networks, and venture capitalists. On this page of our site, we have information on all the game tournaments and championships for those looking to take part or those looking to bet on eSports.

The Rise of Local Video Game Tournaments and eSports Championships

If you've been following competitive gaming, you'll know that today's video game tournaments and eSports championships have grown exponentially. The interest in these competitions is growing and bigger and bigger audiences are being attracted. Initially, video game contests were held in small venues and only hardcore fans came to watch the action. Today things are very different. There are major tournaments and eSports leagues that are held in huge venues such as Wembley Arena in London, the Staples Center, Madison Square Gardens, and even Las Vegas is getting in on the action. There are dedicated eSports arenas being built too.

In addition to attracting huge audiences, these video game tournaments are watched live online by millions. There are dedicated eSports streaming sites such as Twitch and HLTV with millions of users. These bigger audiences have led to bigger prize pools and competitive gamers can walk away with millions of dollars if they win.

The eSports industry continues to grow and this brings changes all the time too, especially when considering the video game merchandise being sold today. Esports contests, new local video game tournaments, and leagues are being introduced all the time and it can be hard to keep track of things. Below you will find information on the biggest video game tournaments and leagues.

Local Video Game Tournaments and eSports Championship Events

  • The International: This is the biggest of all eSports tournaments. The game featured is Dota 2 and the competition has been held annually since 2011. The International is hosted and organized by Valve Corporation, the developers of Dota 2. The prize pool started at $1 million and increased to $10 million in 2014. There have been changes since 2014 including the addition of open qualifiers where teams and players can enter by purchasing battle passes. The revenue from the sales of the battle passes are added to the prize pool. The International is now broadcast on mainstream TV and online thanks to a partnership with ESPN.
  • Dota Major Championships: Started by Valve Corporation in 2015 and incorporates The International and other individual tournaments every year. Tournaments are hosted by third-party organizers and held in different locations around the world. The tournaments have a prize pool of $3 million.
  • League of Legends World Championship: An annual tournament which began in 2011 at the DreamHack digital festival. It is one of the most anticipation eSports championships each year. The winning team gets the "Summoner's Cup" and a share of the prize money. The format has changed over the years. At present 16 teams qualify for the tournament after taking part in regional leagues and there are playoffs for the remaining sports known as the International Wildcard Qualifiers.
  • ESL Pro Leagues & ESL One: The ESL, Electric Sports League, is one of the biggest competition organizers in eSports. They provide the ESL Play platform that offers ranking tournaments for players of all skill levels. Players can work their way up to the Major Level where they can play in professional competitions.The professional competitions include Pro Leagues and the ESL One series. The games included in these leagues are Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Gears of War, Rocket League, Halo 5, Guild Wars 2, Hearthstone, Mortal Kombat X, Rainbow Six: Siege, and SKILL. ESL also organizes the ESL National Championships and The Intel Extreme Masters.
  • ELeague: This is one of the video game tournaments for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and was launched in 2016. It features the best CSGO teams from around the world and consists of two seasons that last several weeks each.

Other eSports Championships

The national and local video game tournaments and leagues above are some of the biggest eSports competitions, but there are lots more too. The following are some that you might want to look at.

  • EVO
  • World Pump Festival
  • Electronic Sports World Cup
  • Apex
  • Capcom Pro Tour/Capcom Cup
  • Call of Duty Championship
  • Egames
  • Evolution Championship Series
  • Major League Gaming
  • FIFA Interactive World Cup
  • ESWC
  • Smite World Championship
  • World Cyber Games
  • StarCraft II World Championship Series
  • Halo World Championships
  • Net World Championships
  • WESG - World Electronic Sports Games