In the late 1990s, the Internet boom paved the way for a whole new era of gaming. Players were able to form competitive teams and challenge each other in popular online video games like Quake or World of Warcraft. Famous competitions like QuakeCon and the Professional Gamers league helped push esports into today’s modern culture.
In the more recent years, a much larger number of games have been released, with their players growing into the millions. Here are some of the most famous games where competition is definitely serious and where the prize pools have reached staggering amounts well into the tens of millions of dollars. Here you will find the best esports teams currently competing in the various games:
In South Korea, video game competitions also known as esports needed support and therefore that was the beginning of spectator sports. In 2000, there were just ten gaming matches compared to 2010 with around 260 organized tournaments that generated a whopping $750 million in revenue in 2015.
Music has also played a part in esports, the fast rhythmic beats help players to keep motivated and truly does affect the way gamers play. An example of how music affected esports is Darude’s Sandstorm which made an unexpected comeback.
The growth of professional teams like Fnatic encouraged loyal fans to fill stadiums for big championship events. Today many spectators are watching iconic games, following their favourite gangs.
Prior to the game, each member of the squad gets together to execute different assigned roles.
A group of professional gamers have a mixture of different personalities that all meet to reach one goal to win a sum of money. Each contender has to trust the judgment of others and take risks, fully accepting choices. Teammates give and receive feedback, bringing up innovative alternatives to solve a problem. Consequently, decisions are to be taken by predicting the opponent’s next move. If you're looking for a list of the best esports players, you've landed on the right website!
TL began their journey into esports with a gaming community website launched in 2001. The association started to sponsor a Starcraft: Brood War squad in 2010. From then on, Team Liquid grew to support more competitive teams that play CSGO, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Halo, Dota 2, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, FIFA, Super Smash Bros, Starcraft II and Street Fighter.
Team Liquid’s latest accomplishment was their Dota 2 team that won the prestigious esports tournament, The International 7. Showing the world, who are the masters of dota, the squad kept on fighting to dominate in the loser brackets, leading them to the Grand Finals. Making esports history, TL won TI 7 with an unbeatable score of 3-0 against Newbee, taking home a staggering prize of $10 million.
Ever since the start of their competitive gaming, Team Liquid has made a name for themselves as one of the best esports teams, having raised total prize winnings of $18 million, participating in 1,130 tournaments. Apart from Dota, the association is famous for their Starcraft II accomplishments earning over $1 million in cash prizes. On top of this, their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive unit has won prize winnings that have reached a stunning $949K.
The North American esports company, Evil Geniuses was established in San Francisco, California, founded by Alexander Garfield. The gaming association started out with a Counter-Strike unit created in 1999. Since then, EG has expanded creating more esports teams that compete in Dota 2, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros, Call of Duty, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Rainbow Six and Gwent.
Ever since their foundation, Evil Geniuses have competed in 685 prestigious esports tournaments, raking up prize winnings that reach a whopping $16.7 million. EG are widely known for their Dota 2 team that has won TI 5 as well as reached third place in The International 2016 and 2014. Their Starcraft II squad was the second team that was doing great but have disbanded in 2017, raising their winnings to $797K.
One of the best esports teams to top this list is the Chinese gaming company, Newbee. It was established in 2014 by pro player, xiao8 and sponsored by a billionaire, Wang ‘Niuwa’ Yue. The association has teams that compete in Dota 2, Hearthstone and League of Legends. Since the creation of the company, the team has won a total of $12 million, participating in 114 esports tournaments.
Newbee is famous for their Dota 2 team that won The International 2014, setting a Guinness World record for winning the highest cash prize of a remarkable $5 million at the time. At TI 7, the dota squad finished in second place at the premier tournament taking home a prize of $3.9 million. After competing in esports tournaments in 2017, Newbee has won a total of a jaw-dropping $11.8 million in winnings.
The Chinese esports team, LGD Gaming was founded in 2009 sponsored by Guizhou Laogandie Food, who helped sign their first dota team, For The Dream. LGD and LGD.Forever Young both play for the same gaming company, have risen to fame as one of the best esports teams, that have earned them winnings of over $10 million. Still going strong for 8 years, the association currently supports a Dota 2 team and another unit in League of Legends.
LGD Gaming participated in esports tournament, The International 7. LGD finished in fourth place, taking home a prize of $1.7 million, slowly rising through the dota 2 rankings.
A Chinese gaming association, Wings Gaming was created in 2014, that competed in Dota 2. The esports team was known for their unpredictability, as they chose different heroes in every tournament they played.
Since the Wings Gaming team formation, a few players left and new ones joined but the changes did not stop them from the success they have acquired. One of the great accomplishments of Wings was at The International 2016 where they won 1st prize of a spectacular $9.1 million. The last few esports tournaments that WG have participated were ESL One Genting 2017, StarLadder i-League Season 3 and the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2017. Wings Gaming may have disbanded, however, they still hold the record of winning cash prizes that amount to a remarkable $9.7 million.
Fnatic is an International esports company that was founded in 2004 with headquarters based in London. Since the beginning, the gaming company has grown to support fanatic pro players from around the world to compete in CSGO, Dota 2, FIFA, LOL, Rocket League, Vainglory and Heroes of the Storm. The Fnatic units have participated in 705 esports tournaments, becoming a favorite among the best esports teams and have won an astonishing $9 million.
Fnatic has had quite a few successes in Dota 2 with prize money that amounts to $2.5 million. One of the great achievements to date was at TI 6, where the fanatic team dominated the lower brackets, finishing in fourth place, taking home their highest reward of $1.4 million. The Swedish CSGO squad is also considered one of the best esports teams, winning a record of cash prizes that amount to $2.3 million.