To most, playing video games is just a hobby, a pass time. In the world of e-sports however, serious money can be made in competitive video gaming. In a list of the 100 largest prize pools ever offered, it starts at $132,684 for a League of Legends tournament and reaches $10,931,103 for a Defense of the Ancients tournament in 2014.
The International 2014: Dota 2 Championship
Held between the 18th and 21st July, the International 2014 took place in the KeyArena in Seattle, a venue with a seating capacity of over 17,000. The tournament was organised by Valve, who set the prize pool at $1,600,000, with an extra $2.50 added for every TI4 Compendium sold, a product on offer at the time of the tournament. The final prize of $10,931,103 was divided between 14 teams, each consisting of 5 players, with $5,028,308 going to the team in 1st place.
Highest Paying Games
Of the 13 e-sports price pools which have reached $1,000,000, 5 have been offered for tournaments of Defense of the Ancients 2, 3 for League of Legends, and 1 each for Smite, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
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There is massive variety to be found amongst e-sport games with all gaming tastes covered within a broad range of e-sport categories. One of the most popular categories within e-sport gaming is first person shooting titles, with Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Call of Duty being two of the biggest titles in the industry.
Online Battle Arena Games
Another immensely popular category is Multiplayer online battle arena games, which attract millions of participants from all over the globe. The most played titles within this category are League of Legends, Dota and Smite.
The third main category that many e-sport games fall into is that of real-time strategy. The most popular RTS e-sport games are currently Starcraft 2 and Warcraft 3. The real-time strategy e-sport games are where some of the most dedicated and highly skilled players like to play and compete.
PCs and Consoles
Originally e-sport games were played entirely on PC systems, with titles such as the original Counter Strike and Quake gaining huge legions of fans. However, in recent years e-sport gaming has partly shifted to consoles with many games preferring the simplicity of playing titles like Halo and Super Smash Brothers from the comfort of their livingroom couch. Generally the standard of competition is higher amongst PC gamers and so for some e-sport games, the publisher still doesn’t allow console gamers to compete with those on the PC!
If you’re looking to blow off some steam, a first-person shooter is always a good place to start. With that in mind, here are two of the most enjoyable FPS games available on Xbox 360/One and PS3/PS4
Many happy summer days were spent chasing other kids around the park, firing guns made of sticks and throwing pine cone grenades in intense games of cops-and-robbers.Fast forward to 2015 and the sticks and pine cones are gone, replaced with absolutely stunning hi-res graphics on Xbox One and PS4.All the staples of Battlefield are here, dynamic destruction, fast-paced objective-focused tactical gameplay and a range of vehicles to smash, crash and chase each other in. With a variety of modes and some beautifully crafted levels to destroy, there’s no better way to let off some tension.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
If you like your games with equal parts action, storyline and belly laughs, the Borderlands series has you covered. The most recent game takes place between Borderlands and Borderlands 2.The games feature beautiful cel-shaded (cartoon style) graphics, RPG elements and some immensely satisfying guns and grenades to help you blaze a path across Pandora in search of another legendary vault.The characters are brilliantly realised, and the voice acting is top-notch – punchlines are delivered with perfect cadence and timing.Plus, being an FPS plenty of things go boom, people explode in fountains of gore etc. etc. Plus for extra enjoyment you can grab three friends and rampage around together.