A few years back, nobody even thought that playing video games could turn out to be a luxurious career. Most people saw it as a pastime, designed to drive parents mad. However, a total of £39 million has already been awarded in the top 10 eSports tournaments so far, with three teams surpassing the million-pound mark in under six months. That said, these are the top three eSports leagues that have made headlines in 2019.
ESL Pro League
Formally known as the ESL ESEA Pro League, the ESL Pro championship is the biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) tournament in the world. It goes down in five locations, including Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania. And it typically offers a prize pool in the $500K – $1 million range. Over 40 eSport teams show up every time there’s an ESL Pro League event and Team Liquid took the 2019 title.
DreamHack is a Swedish eSport event organizer that boasts of being the largest digital festival in the world. It is organized by the Genius Book of Records. It also goes down in history as the event with the fastest LAN on the planet. Each contestant gets a small table space, a socket, and one LAN port, but they have to bring monitors.
In 2019, Team Liquid and ENCE went head to head in the grand finale, where Team Liquid took the title.
Intel Extreme Masters – World Championship
Intel Extreme Masters Championship is in the thirteenth season in 2019, dubbed the ESL One Katowice. The tournament went down in four locations – Katowice, Silesian Voivodeship, and Poland. And it featured CS: GO, Dota 2, Starcraft II, and Fortnite’s Battle Royale. Astralis took the title in CS: GO, Team secret ran with the Dota 2 title, and SO secured the first position in Starcraft II.