What’s the Biggest Esport Game?

esports is a form of competition using video games. The most popular video games in esports are multiplayer online battle arena games, first-person shooter games, and battle royale games.


While there are several games that could be considered the biggest esport, Dota 2 is currently the most popular esport game in the world. According to Esports Charts, Dota 2 consistently has more viewers than any other game, with a peak of over 8 million viewers in January 2018. While other games may have more prize money awarded, or more players signed to professional teams, Dota 2 remains the king of esports.

League of Legends

League of Legends, popularly known as LoL, is a five-player online battle arena video game based on the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne mod Defense of the Ancients. Designed by developer Riot Games, LoL was unofficially released in October 2009. The game is a free-to-play title supported by microtransactions. LoL is one of the most popular Internet games. According to Riot Games, it is played by 650 million people.

LoL is commonly referred to as a “multiplayer online battle arena” or “MOBA.” In a MOBA, players control a character and cooperate with teammates to destroy the opposing team’s base. The objective in most MOBA games is to be the first team to destroy the enemy’s Ancient structure, which usually requires pushing through waves of defending minions and towers. Towers are strategic points that offer vision and protection for each team, and must be destroyed before the enemy team’s Ancient can be attacked. Minions are AI-controlled units that march up each lane to fight for their respective team; killing minions grants players experience points and gold which can be used to buy items to make their champions stronger.

There are five players in each match: three on the front line (in the bottom, middle, and top lane) and two in the back (known as junglers). Each lane must have one player from each team; however, not every player needs to stay in their lane. Players can choose to leave their lane and go help another player if they think they are needed there more. Players can also venture into the jungle areas between lanes to kill neutral monsters for extra gold and experience points.

Dota 2

Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. The game is a sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA), which was a community-created mod for Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion pack, The Frozen Throne. Dota 2 is played in matches between two five-player teams, with each team occupying and defending their own separate base on the map. Each of the ten players independently controls a powerful character, known as a “hero”, who all have unique abilities and different styles of play. During a match, players collect experience points and items for their heroes in order to successfully battle the opposing team’s heroes who are attempting to do the same to them. A team wins by being the first to destroy a large structure located in the opposing team’s base, called “The Ancient”.

As in traditional Warcraft III custom games, gameplay in Dota 2 is dictated by levelling up one’s hero, so that they become more powerful as they gain more XP; killing neutral units or units belonging to the enemy grants XP. However, unlike Warcraft III custom games, kills only provide a small amount of XP compared to what is granted by controlling creeps. Instead of having an inventory limit like in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne custom games, each hero has six item slots which correspond to different item purposes: one for consumables (such as healing or mana-restoring items), three for attributes (items which permanently increase certain hero attributes), one for defense (a shield or armor item), and one for offense (a weapon). There are also neutral units scattered around the map which can be killed by either side for additional gold and experience points; killing Roshan (a large creep located in the centre of the map) every few minutes rewards each player on his/her team with an extremely powerful item called an Aegis of Champions.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation. It is the fourth game in the Counter-Strike series and was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on August 21, 2012, while the Linux version was released in 2014. The game pits two teams against each other: the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists. Both sides are tasked with eliminating the other while also completing separate objectives. The Terrorists’ objective is to plant a bomb or kill all of the Counter-Terrorists, while the Counter-Terrorists’ objective is to prevent the bomb from being planted or to defuse it after it has been planted.

Global Offensive has received generally positive reviews from critics. Praise was given for its improved gameplay over previous iterations of the series, though some reviewers were disappointed with some of its early features and release problems.


With over 30 million players, Overwatch is one of the most popular games in the world. It’s also one of the most popular esports, with professional leagues in North America, Europe, China, and South Korea. In 2017, the Overwatch World Cup was watched by over 10 million people.


To sum it up, the answer to the question posed in the title of this article is that there is no definitive answer. The biggest esports game is constantly changing, and it really depends on who you ask. It also depends on what you consider to be the most important factor – whether that’s popularity, prize money, or number of players.

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