Dota 2, League of Legends, CS: GO, Ovwerwatch, HearthStone, best esports, video games

It’s a great time to be alive for gamers. Whether it’s a FPS (First-Person Shooter, MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), or RTS (Real-Time Strategy) game, we at Gaming4.Cash have in the past few years witnessed a large number of games transforming into eSports games in front of our very own eyes. What was once used for pure entertainment purposes has now manifested into a highly competitive sport with massive prize money at stake.

Growing at a rapid pace, the eSports games and the industry as a whole seems to be on a one way street with no U-turns or roadblocks anywhere in sight. Newzoo – A market research company, recently released a report that showed projected eSports revenue growth of about $696 Million in 2017 from $493 Million in 2016. However, this is just the beginning for eSports, as their predicted revenue is said to reach an astonishing $1.5 Billion in 2020.

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With the eSports industry showing relentless growth, game developers are now keeping eSports in mind while working on new games. The prime focus of a game developer is no longer just about the fun for gamers playing it, but what is needed by the game in order to make it an eSports game. In this write-up we won’t be looking into these specific requirements, even though we’ll mention some of them as we look closer at the top 5 eSports games of 2018.

5. Hearthstone

Picking the 5th biggest eSport game hasn’t been easy, but after careful consideration we must give the 5th and last spot on the list of Top 5 eSport Games of 2018 to Hearthstone. This game, based on the Lore of Warcraft 3, was released in 2014 by Blizzard Entertainment and almost immediately became a huge success. It’s been uphill year-on-year ever since its release with ever increasing tournament prize pools and player numbers.

Being playable from an iPhone, smartphone or a pc, Hearthstone has amassed around 70 million in registered players and around $1,000,000 in tournament prize pools. This exact prize pool was offered in 2016’s world championship, where a single winner of the tournament took home a whopping $250,000 to enjoy all on their own. Blizzard has confirmed that prize pools for tournaments from 2018 onwards will be consistently boosted.


4. Overwatch

Released in mid-2016, Overwatch is the latest eSports game out of the 5 mentioned here, which makes it one of the most impressive ones considering its huge impact in such a short amount of time. Overwatch creators Blizzard Entertainment, have reported that 30 million players and above bought Overwatch by April 2017. Not only does Overwatch have many players, but it has also been crowned the eSports game of the year in 2017.

Though the game is a First Person Shooter (FPS), it is a lot deeper than your regular FPS as there are many different characters with their own unique abilities that can be played. Strategic thinking is paramount in this game as the characters in teams have to count on teamwork to counter the opponent’s steps.


With a prize pool of around $300,000 at most, Overwatch doesn’t come near any of the games mentioned above in terms of tournament cash prizes. But then again, it is the most recent game out of the lot, with Blizzard Entertainment announcing the soon to be launched Overwatch Tournament that has the potential of changing the eSports world forever.

3. Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO)

For most, it’s probably to no surprise to find CS: GO amongst the top five biggest eSport games for 2018. Counter Strike, the blockbuster First Person Shooter franchise, has only increased in popularity since it released its first game way back in 1999. Even though the franchise has released some not-so-popular games like CS: Condition Zero, its player base has consistently managed to remain high and following it’s 2012 release of Global Offensive, the franchise has been stronger than ever. Counter Strike: Global Offensive was crowned the eSport game of the year in 2015.

Even though a Counter Strike eSport tournament’s biggest prize pool of $1,5 Million doesn’t come close to the two previously mentioned juggernaut games, the sheer volume of tournaments held each year have been massive. It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that CS:GO has become so popular as an eSport that many players have even experienced burnout and had to miss games due to the number of tournaments they need to play.


2. Dota 2

If you found LoL’s $5 Million prize pool to be a feat, you’re in for quite the treat! With over 13 Million unique players playing monthly, Dota 2 doesn’t come close to Lol’s player base and is probably not even the 2nd most played eSport in the world. Nevertheless, the biggest prize money in an eSport tournament ever, was in a Dota 2 world championship tournament called the ‘International’. The International offered a massive prize pool of close to $21 Million in 2016. Each winning team member took home an amazing $9 Million to share, showing the world that gamers can indeed become millionaires!

Dota 2, just like League of Legends, belongs to the MOBA genre and is often considered the father of it. Dota’s first version was released way back in the year 2003 as a custom-made map for Warcraft 3. Dota 2 wasn’t released until the year 2013, but has in the span of 4 years, become one of the heavyweights in the eSport gaming industry. As with League of Legends, its popularity is majorly owed to its competitive game play, regular updates and high skill cap.


1. LoL or League of Legends

Heading the list, is League of Legends (LoL)! Taking the Esports world by storm with much of its success being owed to its massive player base. Its creator – ‘Riot Games’, has released League of Legends’ numbers depicting a unique month-on-month player base increase of more than a hundred million players, which is quite something. League of Legends is not only the most popular game of the MOBA genre, but it has also been named the most played video game in the world.

LoL was released in 2009 and went on to became a massive success owing to it being the first standalone game to be released in the MOBA genre, coupled with a very interesting free to play game model. Being a very competitive game that takes players some time to get good at and has regular updates to balance out the game play, League of Legends has managed to become one of, if not the biggest eSport game in the world. Ever since it was released there have been somewhere near 2000 competitive tournaments, with the best and biggest one offering prize money of a whopping $5,070,000.00 to the victor.

A bright future for eSports games

There’s no doubt that the eSport industry is taking the gaming world by storm, and growing bigger each year. We’ve only listed the top 5 eSport games of 2018 in this article. There are a lot more contenders out there! We’ve witnessed many recently released games already taking the turn towards eSports with developers creating games keeping their potential of becoming eSports games in mind.

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Tournament prize pools for eSports seem to only be increasing, which makes you wonder what monstrous amounts we might see them reach in say 5 years from now, considering there are tournaments with prize pools in excess of $20 Million up for grabs. These are exciting times for gamers to be alive and it’s only going to get more exciting with the evolution of eSports games.

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Zero Absolute
3 years ago

For me dota 2 is still number 1 game in eSports, every year they reach and achieved a largest prize pool in the history of eSports.

Randalph Patrick
3 years ago

As expected LoL and Dota 2 keep competing for top 1 and top 2. #Risetothetop

Alber Nucci
3 years ago

I don’t care who’s remain at the top I just want to enjoy my games to the fullest! 🙂