It still amazes me just how much the eSports scene has grown. There are some many different games covered and present in eSports these days, meaning that there is something for everyone to play or watch. In fact, there’s an absolute tonne of content out there for you to inhale and digest.
However, this huge variety of eSports games also means that there a massive number of different eSports leagues! There are even multiple leagues for certain games. So it can get a bit confusing when you’re trying to work out which league to watch for your favourite eSports game. So I thought I’d put together a little introduction to the world of eSports leagues.
League of Legends
We’ll start this off with one of the games that has a multitude of different eSports leagues; League of Legends. I mean, it even has “league” in the name! Now, for those who don’t know, League of Legends is a MOBA (Massive Online Battle Arena) game where players compete on a single map using special hero characters. The games can be incredibly frantic with some truly amazing commentary as well.
The European league actually runs in a very similar fashion to football and other sports; basically, each country has their own team which competes against the teams from other countries. This means that you’ll be able to feel some national pride whilst rooting for your own team! That’s why, for League of Legends, you can really get invested in the various matches.
However, the European league isn’t the only one for League of Legends. Here’s a short list of a few of the leagues for you to look into;
- EU LCS – European
- NA LCS – North American
- LCK – Korean
- World Championship – International
- All-Star Event – International
Now, these are only a handful of the eSports leagues out there for League of Legends. If you want to know what esports leagues are there for League of Legends, there are loads of lists online!
Counter Strike started off as a mod for the original Half-Life, before becoming its own game entirely and growing to be one of the biggest eSports games around. Now it has its own dedicated league with some of the biggest prize pools out there! On top of that, the professional players are insanely good at the game, with pinpoint precision and lightning-fast reaction times. All of this makes for some of the most exciting eSports matches that you can find.
When it comes to watching Counter Strike, there’s one league that you really want to be watching; the ESL Pro League. Founded just three years ago in May, 2015, the ESL Pro League features a huge number of different teams from various countries all competiting at the top of their game (no pun intended).
As a side note, ESL also has leagues for Rainbow Six Siege and a Halo league. These are far less well-known leagues but still offer a great spectator experience!
One other game that offers some truly amazing moments in competitive play is StarCraft 2. For example, there is a brilliant video of a player successfully competitive whilst using his feet! That moment has gone down in eSports history, and you can be certain that StarCraft 2 will make some more moments like that!
So you really want to make sure you are watching the Ballet.net World Championship Series, held at BlizzCon. However, these World Championship Series matches aren’t limited to just StarCraft 2; you’ll also get to see some great matches from Overwatch and Hearthstone as well.
And That’s All Folks
Naturally, that was only a very small list of eSports leagues – not even half of a handful really. If you want to see a list of all of the eSports leagues out there, then Wikipedia has a great article here. The eSports competitive scene is amazing, offering some truly exciting matches!
Have you watched an eSports league match or tournament before? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!