10 Best eSports Tournaments in the World in 2021
March 18, 2021 By Sourav
E-sports or video games have dominated the entertainment industry for quite some time now. It is very difficult to eliminate the rest from the best, for every game, every console, every championship is the best. In this following list, we have for you the Top 10 eSports Championships Worldwide. Make sure you leave comments below if you like our list. Tell us which one do you think is worth participating in. Nowadays there are so many video game companies that offer million-dollar prizes for winners in their e-sport championships. And most of all, enjoy it! Here are the 10 Best eSports Tournaments in the World in 2021.
Best eSports Tournaments in the World in 2021
1. Dota Asia Championships (DAC)
The Dota2 Asia Championships holds the number 1 spot among the best eSports tournaments in the world in 2021. Perfect World and MarsTV arranged this competition known as The Oriental. Several great teams had their direct invitations to the qualifiers. The thematic format of the tournament received huge praise over the globe. Besides, the release of a compendium and the size of the total prize pool also created a buzz in the media.
This tournament also made sensations for the unusual difference of the location of the LAN finals being in Shanghai, China, a city in the East. Not so much as Seattle, Washington, USA or Cologne, Germany, cities in the West, the DAC 2015 has since been referred to as The International of the East.
2. The Manila Major
At number 2 on our list, the Manila Major is the third event of Valve's Dota Major Championships. The main event venue is at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. The Manila Major 2016 is the third seasonal Valve-sponsored Major to be arranged, after the Shanghai Major 2016. The event would be organized by Romanian gaming company PGL eSports, and take place between June 7th - 12th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
Like previous Majors, it had featured 16 teams competing for a total prize pool of $3 million USD. Promotional item information was on full throttle. The main event took place at the Mall of Asia Arena from June 7–12, 2016.
3. The DOTA 2 International
At number 3 of the best eSports tournaments in 2021, The International Dota 2 Championships 2015 was the fifth annual edition of The International. The tournament was organized in Seattle for its fourth consecutive year, and the second consecutive year that the Main Event venue was at KeyArena, a multi-purpose arena in Seattle Center with a total seating capacity of over 17,000.
This tournament created a buzz way before it started as it acclaimed as the biggest event of one of the most popular online games. The tournament was formally announced on January 7, 2015. Notably, the Main Event at KeyArena had featured 16 teams, an increase from the 8 of The International 2014.
4. The Annual International
Seattle, Washington, hosted the International Dota 2 Championships. The city hosted the fourth edition of The International for the third consecutive year. Unlike the previous two years though, the tournament was held at the KeyArena, which is a multi-purpose arena in Seattle Center with a total seating capacity of over 17,000 people.
A grand total of 16 teams had competed in the main event of the tournament. 11 of these players received a direct invite, while 4 teams had to qualify through separate regional qualifiers. Besides, the runners-up in those qualifiers achieved one last shot at competing for the final spot in the main tournament.
5. Halo World Championship
The main world championship of Halo secured the number 5 spot of best eSports tournaments in the world. Millennial Esports Arena at Neonopolis hosted this marathon weekend of Halo action. HCS Las Vegas had just about everything you probably want to see in a live tournament: upstarts making waves, champions playing their best.
With a trailer shown during Microsoft's Gamescom showcase, organizers globally announced the Halo World Championship on 4th August 2015. And with a staggering prize pool of over $2,500,000 USD, there has never been a Halo tournament with bigger stakes. It also happens to be the first major tournament featuring guest teams from all over the world.
6. The International DOTA 2
The Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington, hosted the International Dota 2 Championship. Based on the prize pool, it secured the top place among the world's biggest Dota 2 tournaments. The event took place from August 8 to August 11, 2013. Besides, this event is the third tournament to carry the name 'The International'. Gamescom hosted the first International in 2011. Besides, Seattle hosted the second International in 2012.
13 teams have achieved the final invitation out of the 16 contestant teams. The rest of the teams received their places in the tournament through two invite-only geographic qualifier tournaments. Organizers hosted the "West Qualifier" and then the "East Qualifier". The final team received their place by claiming the Wildcard Match between the runners-up of the two qualifier tournaments.
7. League of Legends World Championship
LOL holds its place among the best eSports tournaments in the world in 2021. The 2015 League of Legends World Championship took place from 1st to 31st October 2015. Way before it started, it created a buzz in the media as one of the biggest multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game tournaments of League of Legends. It also created a huge sensation as the fifth iteration of the League of Legends World Championship.
Many cities across Europe hosted the main events of this tournament. Le Dock Pullman in Paris, France, hosted the group stages. The Wembley Arena in London hosted the quarterfinals. The semifinals took place at the Brussels Expo in Brussels, Belgium. Besides, the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany, hosted the finals.
8. The Shanghai Major
At number 8 of best eSports tournaments in the world in 2021, The Shanghai Major, aka the Winter Major, was a Dota 2tournament that had occurred in Shanghai from March 2–6, 2016, and it was the second Major of the 2015-2016 professional Dota 2 season.
16 teams took part in the tournament; eight were given direct invitations and the other eight had to qualify through various qualifying tournaments around the world. Team Secret claimed the major while defeating Team Liquid in the best count of five series 3-1.
9. Smite World Championships
Smite World Championship is the popular annual world championship for the multiplayer online fighting arena video game Smite. From January 9–11, 2015, Hi-Rez Studios had hosted the first Smite World Championship. Besides, various teams from North America, South America, Europe, and China had traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for the tournament. The staggering $2.6 million prize pool for the tournament was contemporarily the third-highest in eSports.
It placed just behind the third and fourth iterations of Dota 2's The International. It was just slightly ahead of the League of Legends World Championships. One of the North American teams, COGnitive Prime, won the first place prize with a little over $1.3 million.
10. The Frankfurt Major
Festhalle Messe, a multi-purpose concert hall in Frankfurt, Germany, organized the main event. It has a huge seating capacity of over 9,800; it had featured the same Main Event format as The International 2015. The Electronic Sports League (ESL) hosted and also organized the tournament.
Eight teams received direct invitations, in an announcement on October 5. Besides, Regional Qualifiers took place on October 10–13. And, the Open Qualifiers, conveniently open to any player, organized on October 6–9. Registration for the Open Qualifiers began on October 1.
So, these were the best eSports tournaments in the world in 2021. These championships are absolutely worth playing the game and hoping for the win. Check them out!