Esports 2023: All Major Events & Where to Watch Them
Each and every year, the competitive gaming scene of Esports evolves its level of competition to new unforeseen heights. The gameplay get's faster, reactions are quicker, and each game evolves and pushes the boundaries of what's possible at gaming's highest professional level. 2023 will be no different. There will be many memorable, game-changing moments, and of course a handful of cringe-worthy ones. Nonetheless, you don't want to miss out on any of the action and laughter. That's why we've compiled all the major Esports events taking place in 2023 across the top ten competitive games, so you know where to watch them and what's at stake.
10. Rocket League
If you've ever played Rocket League, you understand the amount of precision and skill that goes into the game. That's why watching pro players in the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) Esports, doing ariel passes and goals, never gets old. And when stakes are at their highest during the RLCS Majors and Championship series, amazing plays and great gaming moments are inevitably made. That's why you don't want to miss out on this year's action, because “This is Rocket League!”
You can catch all the 2023 major RLCS Esports events on the RLCS Twitch Channel.
- RLCS Winter Major – April 6-9
- RLCS Spring Major – July 6-9
- RLCS World Championship – Aug. 4-13
9. Street Fighter V
Street Fighter 6 is due to come to our screens on June 2, 2023. This will mark another exciting Street Fighter title that will surely switch up the intricacies in the meta yet again. However, this year's events most likely won't feature the new title at the competitive level till next year. That means this will be the last year to watch the best Street Fighter 5 gameplay there is to date. And it will all be happening at the two major Esports events in 2023, taking place below.
You can watch the Capcom Cup on their Twitch Channel here and on the EVO Japan 2023 Twitch channel.
- Capcom Cup IX – Feb. 14-19
- EVO Japan 2023 – March 31 – April 2
8. Call of Duty League
Call of Duty has been one of the most renowned FPS franchises of the last two decades. While competitive play still took place, there was a long wait before they finally established the official Esports league, Call of Duty World League. The year 2023 is their fourth official year, and while the first Major has already concluded, with the NY Sublimers taking the title, there are still four more to go, and here's where you can catch them.
You can catch all the Call of Duty League (CDL) Esports major events on their Twitch channel here.
- CDL Major 2 – Feb. 2-5
- CDL Major 3 – March 9-12
- CDL Major 4 – April 13-16
- CDL Major 5 – May 25-28
7. Rainbow Six Siege
Speaking of renowned FPS games, we have Rainbow Six Siege. This tactical 5v5 breach and clear has gained popularity at the pro level due to its insanely critical gameplay. In the pro scene, players will literally peak angles at ridiculously fast speeds, or be holding a bombsite from a bullet-sized hole in the wall. The map knowledge and teamplay it takes to win games are utterly impressive and why it's worthwhile to watch the major Rainbow Six Siege Invitational Esports event in 2023 below:
You can watch the Six Invitational on their R6EsportsNA Twitch Channel here.
- Six Invitational – Feb. 7-19
6. Apex Legends
It's no secret battle royales have been on the rise over the years. One game that rode its wave of popularity is Apex Legends. Notably, it was the first battle royale to introduce a hero-shooter style into the genre by giving players a roster of different Legends, each with their own ability to change the flow of typical gunfight gameplay. The games are relatively new to the Esports scene, originally arriving in 2020, but its major events are surely on the come up and you don't want to miss the action arriving in 2023.
You can watch all the 2023 Apex Legends Global Series major Esports events on their Twitch channel here.
- ALGS Split 1 Playoffs – Feb. 2-5
- ALGS Split 2 Playoffs – June 8-11
- ALGS Championship – Summer 2023
Valorant's another hero-shooter title, though being the first one to introduce the style to 5v5 tactical shooter style games. It's already amassed a huge fan base for the game's competitive scene and evidently why you don't want to miss its major Esports events coming up in 2023.
You can watch all the 2023 Valorant major Esports events on their Twitch channel here.
- Valorant LOCK/IN – Feb. 14 – March 4
- Valorant Masters 2023 – June TBD
4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO)
If you've been watching Esports for some time, or been gaming in general, CSGO needs no introduction. It is by far one of the biggest FPS games worldwide. Every year its Esports scene sees hundreds of thousands of fans catch its majors on Twitch and pack thousands of people into stadiums for live competitions. And, 2023 is gearing up for another year of exciting tournaments, full of insane clutches and flicks. Here are all the notable ones you'll want to catch:
You can watch all the 2023 CSGO major Esports events on ESL CSGO's Twitch channel here.
- IEM Katowice – Jan. 31 – Feb. 12
- Blast.tv Paris Major – May 8-21
- IEM Dallas – May 29 – June 4
- IEM Cologne – July 25 – Aug. 6
3. League of Legends
League of Legends is one of, if not, the biggest MOBA in the world. The argument would be with DOTA 2, which may not have many players (due to it being an immensely harder MOBA) but still, it holds a higher prize pool for its championship. Nonetheless, League of Legends players are on a level of their own when it comes to individual and team play. It's why it's the one Esports game whose championship continues to break viewership records year after year. So, if you want to add to the view count, here are the majors you'll want to catch in 2023.
You can watch all the 2023 League of Legends Esports major events on the Riot Games Twitch channel here.
- Mid-Season Invitational – May 2-21
- World Championship – October-November TBD
2. Super Smash Bros. Melee and Ultimate
When it comes to platform fighters, Super Smash Bros. holds the almighty throne for the best game in the genre. There are two different Esports styles of the game, Melee, and Ultimate, with the former being the harder style to play. Regardless of which one you're into, the competition level is fierce with players having to make split-second decisions. There's one big tournament for Super Smash Bros. Melee this year, and here are the details for it.
VGBootcamp hosts most of the major Super Smash Bros. tournaments on their Twitch channel here, or you can catch them on Beyond The Summits Twitch Channel.
- Genesis 9 Jan. 20-22
- Smash Ultimate Summit 6 – March – TBD
- Collision 2023 – March 10-12
- Low Tide City 2023 – May 13-14
- Smash Summit 15 – June – TBD
- Get On My Level 2023 – July 21-23
- Riptide 2023 – Sept. 8-10
1. Dota 2
DOTA 2, the biggest MOBA of all time also holds the biggest Esports major every year, known as the Invitational. Its prize pull this year is over a swift $20 million, marking 2023 to be another great year for the event.
You can catch The Invitational on the dota2ti Twitch Channel here.
- The Invitational 2023 – October TBD