Even though we are in the middle of a pandemic, eSports competitions continue playing out around the world. They are only becoming more popular each year, so let's see the most promising eSports events in 2021.
Luckily, DOTA 2's biggest live event will be back in 2021, although slightly delayed. The tournament is supposed to run from 14th to 30th August, and it will take place in Stockholm, Sweden. With a prize pool of $40+ million, the International will surely once again attract the 18 most skillful teams such as NaVi, Virtus.pro, Team Liquid, and more. 12 of these teams will get an invite after qualifying in the Dota Pro Circuit, while others have to win the regional playoff. All of the things are indicating that this will be another great season.
IEM Season XV
Although there will probably be no Valve Majors, fans of CS: GO can still expect a great show thanks to the new season of Intel Extreme Masters. The tournament will take place in Katowice, Poland from 16th to 28th February. So far, 8 teams have claimed their place in the main group: Team Vitality, Heroic, Na'Vi, G2 Esports, FaZe, Evil Geniuses, FURIA Esports, and Astralis. The play-in field will have 16 additional teams from all around the world. The best players can expect to go home with $1 million.
Call of Duty League
We also can't forget about the second season of franchised CoD league. This year, the players will compete in the newest installment, Black Ops Cold War. All in all, 12 teams from the US, Canada, and Europe will be battling it out in a traditional 4v4 format. The season will be separated into 5 parts, each of which will end with a Major Tournament. Atlanta FaZe will host the opening weekend, which will take place online, from the 11th to 14th February. The prize pool is set at $ 5 million.
League of Legends continues to be one of the most popular MOBA games. In 2018, over 200 million people watched the finals, which was double the amount of Super Bowl viewers. So far, little is known, except that Worlds 2021 will take place in Shenzen, China, around September and October. Judging by the last year, Worlds will probably host 24 teams from around the world, 16 of which will participate in the main event for still undisclosed multi-million dollar prizes.
Lastly, we have the 3rd season of Blizzard's promising franchised league, which will have a few important changes. This year, 20 teams will be divided into 2 groups: East and West. East will have 8 teams from South Korea and China, while the West consists of 12 teams from North America and Europe. Some of the most popular teams include Shanghai Dragons, Los Angeles Gladiators, Washington Justice, and London Spitfire. A change is also being made to the league structure so that all teams will play regional qualifier matches after which only the top 4 will continue to the main tournament. The 3rd season of the Overwatch league starts in April and will have a prize pool of $5 million.
As you can see, there are quite a few good eSports events in 2021. If you want to see what we think are the top 5 eSports games, click right here.