The top eSports games to put on your 2022 watch list.
Here is a list of the best eSport games you can watch now with the highest viewership and are spectator-friendly.
eSports is one of the fastest-growing industries in modern times. People’s passion for games has transformed the industry into a billion-dollar industry and grows even more prominent each year. Gaming has become a significant form of entertainment in the current world. Reports show that gaming has become a bigger industry than any other industry in the field, even more, extensive than the music and movie industries combined!
Apart from that, eSports and gaming, in general, have garnered a massive viewership in recent years. Major streaming and content platforms are flooded with gaming content creators, and the highest competitive levels of certain games have even surpassed the viewerships of certain traditional sports.
So, here are the top 5 eSport games you can watch right now, even without the experience of actually playing the games.
1. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is better known as CS:GO, and it is one of the foundations of the world of eSports. The 5 vs. 5 first-person tactical shooter game was released back in 2012, and the game brought the iconic gameplay of its elder sister, Counter-Strike: Source, in a new skin. The game was well-received for its fun gameplay style, and the eSports scene for the game blew up right after its release.
CS:GO has evolved into a more spectator-friendly game, and anyone who watches it can easily understand what is going on in the game. This spectator friendliness and the massive active player community have made the game one of the most popular games on the internet. This has also created a gigantic and celebrated eSports scene with hundreds of thousands of spectators joining to watch tournaments live. The most recent Major event, PGL Major Antwerp 2022 gathered over 2 million views with a record of more than five hundred thousand concurrent viewers.
The reason CS:GO is listed on the top spot of this list is that the game is extremely spectator-friendly, and even beginners can easily catch up with what is going on in a match. And when you aren’t watching the competitive tournaments, plenty of content creators stream it live on Twitch and YouTube, while playing competitively ranked games. Some top streamers who currently stream CS:GO are xQc, Summit1g, and Gaules.
Riot’s latest competitive first-person tactical shooter has been blowing up since the day of its release. Valorant was released in 2020, and it has been one of the most fun FPS games in recent times. The game brings a 5 vs. 5 gameplay experience with similar gunplay to CS:GO. Even though the game has many agents with different abilities, including flashes, stuns, and other utilities, it is straightforward to understand.
Valorant also has its official competitive scene where top players show off their god-like skills in tournaments. Some of the well-known eSports tournaments/leagues in the scene include Valorant Challengers, Valorant Masters, and Valorant Champions. Just like CS:GO and Riot’s other hit game, League of Legends, Valorant also has a massive viewership across all major content platforms.
Even if some people hate this game for its non-traditional approach to tactical shooters, it is undeniable that Valorant is one of the most fun games to watch and it is extremely spectator friendly. Some top streamers that currently stream this game include Shroud, TenZ, Hiko, and Tarik.
3. Apex Legends
Apex Legends is a high-octane battle royale game that is far from the traditional competitive experience. Unlike most games on this list, Apex Legends lacks a solid competitive scene, but it is one of the most fun games to watch and play. This game also has “Legends” with special abilities just like Valorant, and they help in making this game extremely fast-paced and fun.
Even though Apex Legends does not have crazy viewer numbers compared to other FPS titles, it is an extremely spectator-friendly game. It differs from most traditional battle royale games out there due to its gameplay style with tons of abilities and fast-paced mechanics. However, viewers are in for a treat every time they tune in to an Apex Legends stream, as they can watch some of the sickest outplays and gun fights very often. Some top streamers that stream this game include aceu, iiTzTimmy, and NICKMERCS.
4. League of Legends
League of Legends is one of the most famous games that ever existed, and it is also responsible for the mainstream attention of eSports in general. The 5 vs. 5 MOBA game currently has the most extensive viewership of any eSports title out there, and it is also a fun game to watch when you know what is happening in it.
The gameplay features two teams, red and blue, fighting to destroy each other’s nexus while claiming other secondary objectives. If you are a newcomer to the game, it might seem unclear at first, and you might not know what is happening most of the time. But once you get the hang of the gameplay, you can spot all the insane plays and spectate some of the best outplays the eSports world offers.
League of Legends also has one of the biggest eSports scenes with plenty of official regional leagues that happens twice a year, alongside some bigger international events. The League of Legends World Championship is also one of the most celebrated events in the eSports world, and it is famous for its stellar opening ceremonies. Some of the content creators that stream this game include Faker, Doublelift, Yassuo, Caps, and Tyler1.
Fortnite does not need an introduction at this point. And even though the game lacks a massive eSports scene, Fortnite is still one of the biggest games on content platforms.
The simple battle royale is very spectator friendly, and with the recently added “zero build” mode, the game has again started gaining massive popularity. There is also plenty of community-hosted tournaments and other tournaments hosted by big streamers, and you can always tune into a Fortnite stream to have a laugh. Some top streamers currently stream Fortnite include Ninja, Loserfruit, and Tfue.