Top 10 Most Popular Esports Games In 2018

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With gaming being made a profession, the world has witnessed a high increase in number of gamers around every corner. This is not because you get paid or you become famous, gaming is a passion. If you Google, “ How to become a pro gamer” it will give you 100s and 1000s of links as tutorials, but do you really think that will help you? Definitely not.

Professional Gaming has become an industry with huge competitions and is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea. It needs dedication, hard work, skill, talent and to understand every aspect of a game and is surely not achieved like a 9-5 job.

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With increase in number of games, increased the number of gamers and their skills in specific games, this gave rise to professional gaming championships or tournaments. Esports is one such tournament that supports wide number of games visit at trada casino askgamblers. Name a game and you will have it under esports.

You should know the esports has a wide range and forms of games. Few of them being.

1 . Street Fighter

2. Doom

3. Counter Strike Series

4. Call of Duty Series

5. Fifa series

6. Dota2

7. iRacing

8. Starcraft 1&2

9. Pokemon

10. Marvel vs Capcom

Not all of us know what all these games really are, except few of them like Counter Strike, Dota and Fifa series. Let us explore all of them one by one.

1. Street Fighter

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Street Fighter evolved as a video game with its first edition being released in August 1987 by Capcom. It was one of the oldest and the longest running games in history. This released as a video game which later had makeover of graphics and types of platforms on which it can be used.

The latest version of Street Fighter is the Street Fighter V which was released in 2016 making it compatible on PS4 and Xbox One. Efforts were made to have the game free of cost, however, the idea remained stagnant and no changes were made.

The game, however, was made available as Animation series, Card games, Comics and Board games. In 2018, Jasco Games inaugurated the Kickstarter Campaign for Miniature games on Street Fighter.

2. Doom

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Doom is a first-person shooting game which was released in 2016 and was developed by iD Software and marketed by Bethesda Softworks. This game is very famous around the world, the game is available on Windows, PS4 and Xbox One. However, there was news that it was released on Nintendo switch in November 2017 by Panic Button.

Going back to time, Doom was available as a video game with the name Doom3 which was released in 2004. Doom is an upgraded version and the first main installment in Doom 3 series with 3 other versions. Losing its fame around 2006-2010, Doom was back in 2014 as just Doom with more graphics, designs and a different build which was tested by customers or rather gamers who had pre-orders on the same.

In all the platforms except the Nintendo, Doom has a built-in “ level creation tool” named as “SnapMap” which allows all the players to create as well as edit maps with their own strategy and logic. With SnapMap, players can design their own maps for different modes, from single-player levels to multiplayer level maps. When players are designing a level, the game will shift to a horizontal view. Players can place sections to form a level and connect with each other. If they are not connected together, the color of the construction pieces changes to notify every player.

Players can make use of the X-ray camera which removes all the walls to allow players to view the objects inside. Players can also place enemies into their maps, with the exception of the campaign’s bosses. Their artificial intelligence and the player’s own movement speed can also be changed as per the need. Players can also include additional lighting effects and other gameplay mods such as health packs and ammunition boost. Only in-game options can be used, and players cannot create or import their own options or mods into the game. Levels can also be tested before they are published online. This is one advantage that makes Doom stand out.

3. Counter Strike Series

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Another first person shooter game is counter strike which was released in 1999 as a modification for Half-Life which was then designed by Minh Gooseman. The rights for the game were then taken by Valve Corporation. This was the most played game during 2001-2007.

Even though the game started on Windows, it is now available on the following platforms:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • OS X
  • Linux
  • PlayStation 3
  • Xbox
  • Xbox 360

That original game was then taken over by the Condition Zero series which was developed and marketed by Turtle Rock Studios in 2004. In November 2004, the Counter-Strike: Source was introduced by Valve. Introduced only few months after Condition Zero, Source was partially a remake of the actual Counter-Strike game which was primarily launched in 1999 with effective graphics and a new design and the first in the series which ran on Valve’s source engine.

The fourth game in the series which is Global Offensive was unveiled by Valve in 2012 for Windows, OS X, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 and is the last series until today. Hidden Path Entertainment helped valve develop the game after Source series success. It is already known that Counter Strike sold over 25 million gaming units by late 2011.

4. Call of Duty Series

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Call of Duty is another such game from the first shooter category, released in October 2003 on MS Windows, this game is now available on all the standard consoles.

With Infinity ward having developed the game, it is now under the control of SledgeHammer games since 2011. However, the publisher is Activision from the start. Primarily, the game started with graphics of that of WW2 times. However, the recent games were changed to a modern look giving a real feel.

With having released upto 15 series under the name “ Call of Duty “ the black ops series was said to be the most famous and the most sold game under their banner.

Some of the games that are popular under Call of Duty includes:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1,2,3
  • Call of Duty 1,2,3
  • Call of Duty : World at War
  • Call of Duty : Black Ops 1,2,3,4
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare & Infinite Warfare.

 

The Call of Duty games were introduced in eSports, in 2006, when the game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was released.

The tournaments provided players with the opportunity to win cash prizes and trophies. The trophies were registered and saved on the player’s profile once they win a tournament and the prize money is directly remitted into the bank account  of the winner. Call of Duty: Ghosts was the most played game in 2014, with as high as 15,000 teams participating in a single season.

The biggest Call of Duty tournament was held in 2011  when Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was released. However, the game being most popular in Europe and North America, players had registered from all around the world.

In March 2010, The Call of Duty team gifted around 3000 copies of Modern Warfare 2 to the U.S. Navy as an honour. The Call of Duty Endowment popularly known as (CODE) is a nonprofit organisation found by Activision to help U.S. military veterans.

5. FIFA series

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Fifa also known as Fifa soccer or Fifa football is a very famous game and also a football simulator, released under the EA Sports  banner and was introduced in 1993. However, there were games like Sensible Soccer, KickOff, Match Day and many other football games that were the star in gaming world then.

While the game started in 1993, the publishers of the game were the first to have the license from the governing body of FIFA.

By 2011, the game has been released in 18 languages and in 51 countries. It was also listed in Guinness World Records for the best-selling sports video game franchise in the world, by 2018, the series has sold around 260 million copies.   Also, FIFA-12 holds the record for the “fastest selling sports game ever” with over 3.2 million copies sold and over $186 million profit within 1st week of its release.

As of FIFA 18, Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus is the ambassador of the franchise, and also on the front cover of the series and promotion campaigns and their ads. Lionel Messi appeared on covers from FIFA 13 to FIFA 16. Since the release of FIFA Mobile in 2016, forward Marco Reus, Eden Hazard and Cristiano Ronaldo have appeared on the cover.

The latest and the best release for series was the Fifa-19 which was released on September 28, 2018. This series was made available on all major consoles including PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo switch as well.

As the console market has been so widely expanding, FIFA has been challenged directly by Pro Evolution Soccer series.

Both FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer have had a large following but FIFA sales have increased by 23 percent yearly. In 2010, the FIFA series had sold over 100 million copies, making it the best-selling sports video game franchise in the world and the most profitable EA Sports game series.

6. Dota 2

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Dota 2 is a multiplayer battle video game developed and owned by Valve Corporation. This game is successor of the game  “Defense of the Ancients” (DotA), which was a mod created by the same gaming community for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne.

Dota 2 is played as matches by two teams of five players, with each team acquiring and defending a specific base on the map. Each of the ten players represents a powerful character, also termed as a “hero”, per the game language and they have unique abilities and with each one having a differing style of play.

The team which destroys the largest structure of the opponent team’s base normally called as “ Ancient “ ( on which the title is based) will be the winner and will be carrying huge number of experience points and tools for the “ Hero” character.

The development of this version of the game began in 2009 after the developer of the predecessor DOTA was hired by Valve Corporation to enhance the game experience of the next version with mods and a different build i.e on a Source Game Engine. The game was released 4 years later in 2013 on three platforms i.e Windows, Linux and OS X, however, the Beta version for the game was made available to the public in 2011 at Gamescom along with “ The International “ inaugural event which is an eSport gaming event.

The game was on Beta testing for 2 years after which it was first released on Windows and then on Linux and OS X. Just like every game, all the characters were not available at the release but were added in every update of the game with the most famous and the original Dota 2 character being added in 2016.

Dota 2 is played professionally at an event known as “ The International” which is produced by the Valve Corporation and the event is mostly held in KeyArena, Seattle. But you should also know that prior to this event Valve also manages another event known as the “ Dota Pro Circuit” which is believed to be qualifier stage for main event “ The International”. The best part of the event is that they also provide Live commentary and post game analysis just like any other sport.

In 2015, Valve Corporation decided to move the complete game from Source Game Engine to Source 2 engine which was made available for public on a Beta testing mode. However, the original game was officially moved in late 2015 and was named as Dota 2 Reborn.

Dota 2 received a huge applause worldwide with the IGN’s People’s choice award in 2011 to the best game of the best game of the year in 2012. It also had a record of the most number of concurrent players at a time. With 330000 players, Dota was the only game to have more the 1 million concurrent players. However, this record was surpassed by PlayerUnknown’s Battleground in 2017.

Schools and universities in Asia such as the Asia Pacific University of Innovation and technology in Malaysia have also conducted courses and sessions on training students about game as well as the skills to be used while playing the game.

Recently the game also involved in using Machine learning experiments using Bots to help in learning the game using high level skills with semi-professional and highly professional Dota players.

7. iRacing

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iRacing which was previously called iRacing.com and is a racing simulator based on subscription released in August 2008, This game is available only on Windows as of now and so far is the best racing game played around the world.

iRacing uses a realistic cockpit view in official racing, but allows other camera views in test sessions if allowed by the host. Most of the players use a force feedback steering wheel that includes gas, brake, and clutch pedals, as well as manual transmission shifters and/or semi auto transmissions.

When a user begins his/her career,  they are provided with a low -level license in Oval, Dirt Oval, Road, and Dirt Road categories. However,  in order to upgrade to the “D”-level license commonly known as pro level and beyond, the user has to complete a number of races with fewer accidents, off-track incidents, or losing control. Once the user gets the higher-level licenses, they qualify to take part in official series or gaming events.

For the standard official series sponsored or organised by iRacing, each year is divided into four seasons of 12 weeks each, with all the sessions in a series held on one track for each week during the 12-week season. Drivers can take part in practice sessions, qualifying level sessions and actual race sessions. The week between each season is referred to as “Week 13”, and has its own significance with a set of series which change track each day. During Week 13, players cannot complete any trials, or play any game that helps them boost the licence level.

iRacing.com-FIRST, LLC., was found in Bedford, Massachusetts in September 2004 by David Kaemmer and John W. Henry after the end of Papyrus Design Group of  which Kaemmer was a co-founder as well. The iRacing service has been using codes from NASCAR Racing 2003 Season which was Papyrus Designs game initially. According to Kaemmer, iRacing has retained the same multi-body physics system which was used in NASCAR Racing 2003 Season, as well as some of the track representation and multi-user designs, However, everything else was changed, and is completely a new model and with enhanced graphics engine. The service also promises to provide regular updates between the 12-week competition seasons.

In May 2009, NASCAR and iRacing.com signed a five-year deal for an online NASCAR-sanctioned racing series and in February 2015, iRacing.com signed a six-year extension of their agreement. iRacing.com also sponsors a software used in the NASCAR Hall of Fame simulator.

The reason for having a real look for the tracks on iRacing is the use of LIDAR which is a laser scanning technique allowing the look of the tracks, as well as the cars used in the game look realistic increasing the simulation level.

Even though it is available only on one platform i.e Windows, iRacing has received positive reviews with most of the drivers in real life like Scott Speed, Shane Van Gisbergen, Divina Galica, and the F1 fame Jacques Villeneuve subscribing to the services.

8. Starcraft

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Starcraft is a military fiction based game developed by Chris Metzen and James Phinney in 1998 under the ownership of Blizzard entertainment. The series started with the popular video game StarCraft in 1998.

Blizzard Entertainment began designing StarCraft in 1995, with a developer team led by Metzen and Phinney. The game was played at E3 in 1996, using a modified Warcraft II game engine. StarCraft also led to the creation of Blizzard Entertainment’s film department introduced high quality cinematics graphics to the present the story of the series.

Most of the original development team for StarCraft returned back to work for the game’s expansion pack i.e Brood War, however, the game’s development began shortly after StarCraft was released. In 2001, StarCraft started developing the next series “ Ghost “ under Nihilistic Software. Ghost was a stealth-action game compared to the real time strategies used in the previous series. Blizzard started developing StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty in 2003, however, the game was announced in May 2007 and was released in July 2010. The StarCraft II franchise continued with the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, which was released in March 2013. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, which was the third set in the StarCraft2 series was then released in November 2015.

As of April 2017, StarCraft and its Brood War expansion were made free to download and play from Blizzard’s official website.

Along with popularity StarCraft achieved in gaming, merchandises which include statues of the most famous characters and similarly novels were also released as limited editions.

The StarCraft series has been a huge success. StarCraft became the best-selling PC game for the year 1998, selling over 1.5 million copies worldwide. However, it is more shocking that in the next 10 years, StarCraft sold over 9.5 million copies all around the world, with 4.5 million of these being sold alone in South Korea. Since the initial release of StarCraft, Blizzard Entertainment reported that its Battle.net online multiplayer game grew by 800 percent.

StarCraft remains one of the most popular online games in the world. After its release, StarCraft fever spread like wildfire in South Korea, making it a successful pro-gaming zone. Pro-gamers in South Korea is mostly media celebrities and StarCraft games broadcast over three television channels which are dedicated to gaming. Isn’t it amazing to have channels only for gaming?  StarCraft has won numerous Game of the Year awards and is also titled as one of the best real-time strategy games made ever.

9. Pokemon

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Pokemon as all of us know is a cartoon show which was the most watched show in late 90’s but most of us do not know that a game was developed for the same which was called the Pokemon Game series, developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo on behalf of Pokemon Media franchise. The game is, however, available on the below handhelds as well:

  • Game Boy
  • Game Boy Color
  • Game Boy Advance
  • Nintendo DS
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Nintendo Switch

The game was first released in 1996 in Japan for the Game Boy device. However,  the main series of role-playing video games (RPGs), also referred as the “core series” by their developers, has continued on every series for Nintendo’s handhelds.

All the updates for the game are released in pairs, each with little changes. While the main series consists of all the role-playing video games, a lot of spin-off games based on the series have been developed by different companies, referring other themes such as action, puzzles, fighting, and pet games.

Including spin-offs, more than 300 million Pokemon games were sold worldwide on handheld and home consoles, for all the 76 series/updates by November 2017.

Pokemon also witnessed over 800 million mobile game downloads worldwide.

Every licensed Pokémon game by The Pokemon Company is divided by generation. These generations are divided based on chronology i.e when an advanced series in the main game is released that features new characters, and new game concepts, the sequel is considered to be the start of a new generation for the team. The main games are updated with the new Pokemon properties each time a new generation begins.

The Pokemon team released the recent version which is termed as the 7th generation of the series named as Pokemon: Sun and Moon in November 2016.

Guinness World Records awarded Pokemon series eight records under the  Gamer’s Edition 2008. IGN also ranked Pokemon as the 17th greatest desired game series for their incredible display on role-play games till date. The animation series of Pokemon has run for over 900 episodes, along by 19 films, and 20th in production.

10. Marvel vs Capcom

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This is a series of fictional fighting games developed and published by Capcom, featuring characters from their video game franchises and comic series published and owned by Marvel Comics. The series originated as arcade games, however, it was promised that upcoming releases would be specifically developed for home consoles, handhelds, and personal computers.

The game has copied a lot from Capcom’s previous fighting games X-Men: Children of the Atom and Marvel Super Heroes, however, instead of focusing on single combat games they incorporated tag team battles. Players can form teams of two or three characters and, one fighter at a time, can damage and knock out their opponents. Players can change their characters during the match, allowing team members to boost their health and increase their ability to fight. The series gameplay is also distinguished from other fighting game franchises due to its characters and the quality of graphics used.

The Marvel vs. Capcom series has received mixed reviews from critics, who have applauded its fast gameplay, animations, and playable characters. On the other hand, the game was criticized for their lack of content on their recent versions. The series had sold approximately 8.8 million units as of June 2018.

Conclusion:

Now that we have discussed in details about the history of the games and their themes of play, it is time we download them on our device and enjoy the game. Do not forget, always have your data safe while playing a game, be it your name or your character in the game or the titles you have won. Using a proxy and being anonymous on the web helps by not letting the intruder know about your actual location.

With the likes of LimeProxies services and their 24/7 support team, everything will be at your fingertips.

About the author

Rachael Chapman

A Complete gamer and a Tech Geek. Brings out all her thoughts and love in writing blogs on IOT, software, technology etc

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