Esports Events


Ming Doong and Jeremiah Pascual

Esport/Electronic Sports events have been around since 1972, which is about 45 years ago. The first tournament was about a space fighting game called Spacewar. It was played on the PDP-1 computer, a computer famous for the pioneering of hacking. The tournament was held by the Laboratory of AI at Stanford University, with a prize of an annual subscription of the magazine Rolling Stones. After this tournament, the gaming community grew tremendously and in the next Esports tourney, there were thousands of people attending.


Image result for fortniteJust to name a few Esport games they are, League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League, Street Fighter, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Call of Duty. So far, Fortnite holds the record for giving out the most prize money in any esport tournament of over 30 million dollars in prizes for the fortnite World Cup. The winner of the Fortnite World Cup was Bugha, who won 3 million dollars from the Fortnite World Cup tournament, which was held in New York. To qualify for the Fortnite World Cup you would have to make it to champions league in the game mode arenas. Then once you do that you would have to participate in the weekly tournaments held on Saturdays and Sundays.  


 Fortnite is not just the only big esport game, there is OverWatch too. There are 20 pro teams in OverWatch, that compete in the OverWatch league: Boston Uprising, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior, Paris Eternal, Toronto Defiant, Atlanta Reign, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws. Philadelphia Fusion, Washington Justice, Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Seoul Dynasty, Shanghai Dragons, Dallas Fuel, L.A Gladiators, L.A Valiant, S.F Shock, and Vancouver Titans. To make any of the OverWatch teams, you would have to tryout for the team. If you get accepted you can play in the OverWatch league. Every team in the OverWatch league are competing for 3.5 million dollars. So far the best team in the OverWatch league is New York Excelsior. OverWatch is one of the top Esport tournaments in the Esport community.                                        


Esports is not only starting gaming careers, but it allows many people with the same interests to come together and enjoy playing video games. Starting off small, the gaming community slowly got bigger and the tournaments got more competitive with many people wanting to have fun while earning money. Prizes got more expensive, eventually turning into millions of dollars. Teams started forming for specific games and rivalries sparked. The gaming competitiveness in Esport gaming is really tough knowing that everyone wanted to win the big prizes. The Esports community aims for the goals of gamers winning and having fun with their team.,width-643,imgsize-500325,resizemode-4/fortnite.jpg