Needless to say, the covid-19 pandemic has led to increased growth in the video games market. Unfortunately, major events had to be canceled because of the pandemic in 2020.
At the competitive level, the popular eSports or electronic wallets are now major events that attract thousands of spectators in stadiums and millions around the world via streaming.
Overall, 2020 was a good and bad year in eSports history. While thousands joined the eSports community and becoming enthusiastic about video games, nearly all major tournaments were postponed or canceled because of the pandemic.
Here are the biggest eSports events:
PGL Major Stockholm
Since the Major in Rio was canceled, PGL Stockholm Major is the most anticipated major CS: GO tournament. The tournament would take place in the Ericsson Globe arena in Stockholm and will start on 23rd October.
Although sensitive details about this upcoming tournament aren’t yet known, it will feature three stages and 24 teams. The prize pool would be £1,460,000, which is the biggest amount ever in the history of the CS: GO tournament.
This is a tournament that you don’t want to miss.
League Of Legends World Championship 2021
This will be a conclusion of the current 2021 season. Although the official start date of this tournament hasn’t yet been confirmed, it will probably begin in September.
The tournament would be held in Shenzhen, China. Although the prize pool isn’t yet known, if the trend continues, it’s highly likely the pool will be more than £5,110,000.
The International 2021
The International 2021 was actually scheduled to take place in 2021 but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament was initially scheduled to take place in September 2021. Fortunately, the date has been fast-tracked and the event will most likely be held in August.
The event will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. Although the prize pool hasn’t yet been determined, if the trend continues, it’s highly likely the 18 teams would be competing for £29,180,000.
IEM Katowice is without a doubt one of the leading CS: GO tournaments scheduled for 2021. The event will be held from 23rd October – 7th November. The 24 premier gaming teams will be competing for £730,000. The event is widely known for high-grade professional eSports games. The sport is also very popular among gamblers, considering more people are willing to bet on the outcome of a particular game.
The International 10
Initially scheduled to take place in august 2020, the sports event got canceled because of the covid-19 pandemic. The event was then rescheduled to be held from 14th August to 30th August 2021.
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