Esports in the Philippines has reached new heights in the past few years. even the government has begun to accept it under certain circumstances. However, the rise of esports in the Philippines is not something to be surprised about. In other countries, esports has become part of their culture.
All across the world, Esports have made it its mark, not as a past time, but a spectator sport that is followed by millions of people. This success is attributed to the many games turned esports that have grown throughout the years.
If you’re relatively new to the field of esports, then the best way to introduce you this world is by enumerating the top 4 esports that are currently out on the market this 2018.
League of Legends
The most watched game in the Amazon-owned streaming site, Twitch, League of Legends (LoL) has been around since 2009 and has only risen in popularity ever since. LoL is a free-to-play MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena). Thanks to the continuous support that its developer Riot Games has provided, LoL has improved steadily throughout the years. with over 100 million active players tracked per month and a wildly active competitive scene, League of Legends will stay at the top for a long time.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The latest installment to the long-standing franchise Counter-Strike, CS: GO is a First Person Shooter that dominates the esports world with million-dollar tournament prize-pools. Its developer Valve co-sponsors and organizes the Major events while many third-party esports organizers such as Electronic Sports League host regional and smaller events. CS: GO is particularly popular in the UK, as it is the most popular esport franchise that is watched there by fans.
The spiritual successor to the original Warcraft 3 custom map, Defense of the Ancients, Dota 2 has surpassed its mod and now boasts over 10 million concurrent players every month. It is the same as LoL as it is a free-to-play MOBA that has micro-transactions built in. it is one of the few games to temporarily dethrone League of Legends as the top most watched game with 32.2 million esports hours watched by fans. It’s main tournament, The International, is organized and sponsored by Valve, and with prize pools of up to $1.6 million, it is usually the biggest competitive gaming event globally.
Released in 2016, Overwatch is the most anticipated esports title in the world. As of the moment, it is the most played competitive multiplayer first-person shooter worldwide, averaging 14.4 million monthly users across PC and console. It’s very own specialized league takes inspiration from traditional sports leagues where cities have permanent teams that compete in season year round. With investments from a lot of traditional sporting superstars such as Robert Kraft and Shaquille O’Neal, Overwatch is one of the must-watch esports of 2018.
There is a long way to go for esports in the Philippines to flourish as much as those of the other countries. The country has a pretty big player base across all the top esports, however, it takes more than the player base and esports spectators to make an esport the best of the best.