In recent years, the world of eSports has become massively popular.

These electronic sports provide a great way for players from all over the world to compete using video games. There are many genres of games that can be enjoyed in the world of eSports, such as fighting games, first-person shooter, real-time strategy games and battle arena games.

With tournaments and championship events being held in various countries, the thrill of eSports has become one of the top ways for gamers to engage in competition and even play their favourite games for the chance to win tournament cash payouts. Recently, sites like Casingdom have sponsored eSports teams and this is fuelling a professional class of gamer, but there are many games and competitions that can be enjoyed by beginners and pros alike.

eSports Popularity and Growth

There's no doubt that eSports will continue to be popular through 2018, and experts believe that the market will have an estimated worth of $1.5 billion by 2020. eSports has grown to a point where it rivals traditional and physical sports – and based on current trends, eSports will most likely exceed the percentage of people that prefer traditional sports in the coming year. There will be some amazing titles offered in 2018 and with the growing popularity of eSports, players and fans will always have something new and exciting to look forward to.

NBA 2K eLeague

Gamers and sports fans will be thrilled to learn of the new eSports game that will be out in 2018. Players will now have the chance to compete for the NBA title playing in an NBA arena. With NBA 2K eLeague, players can enjoy the action of basketball and compete with others for a chance to get paid! This is the very first eSports league to be operated by a major pro sports league in the US and it is something that many gamers are looking forward to.

The game is scheduled to make its debut in 2018 and will start with 8 to 12 teams. Eventually, all 30 real-world NBA teams will be represented and each NBA team owner is being given the chance to build their teams at their own pace. The gamers will be chosen through a special recruiting process by NBA teams and there will be a virtual draft that will be streamed online or televised. Each franchise will have the ability top select five gamers and the team will then play in the 82 game NBA season and have the chance to advance to the play-offs and the championship. The cash prize for the top winner is believed to be set at $25,000.

Quake Champions

In 2018, there will be an increase in arena eSports games as there is a great thirst and hunger for these types of games. Quake has a well-established reputation in the eSports arena, and Quake 3 Arena was the top played game from 1998 to the early 2000s. The new Quake game that will be seen in 2018 will offer new gameplay features and will include character abilities and classes, adding a unique layer to the game. There will also be the standard elements that has made Quake a go to game for many years. This new game will offer a great first person shorter game that can be enjoyed by players as well as spectators and it is expected to be one of the largest eSports games that will attract thousands from around the world.

League of Legends

Anyone who has any interest in eSports will already be aware of League of Legends as this is one of the hottest eSports games being played. The popularity of the game will surely carry into 2018 and with many competitions and championship events, LoL remains one of the most played games globally. This game is a multiplayer battle arena game that was developed by Riot Games and players will take on the role of a summoner that controls a champion with unique abilities. Players will battle teams of other players ad the goal is to destroy the nexus, which is a structure located at the heart of a base.

Released in 2009, League of Legends was an instant hit and has grown in popularity over the years. In 2012, it was voted the most played game in North America and in Europe. The League Championship Series is one of the main events for LoL players and it consists of 10 teams on each continent. The event attracts the best players in the world, all competing for their chance to win the World Championship which can offer a prize pool of well over $6 million.

Dota 2

Dota 2 is another popular eSports game that is played by players from all over the world. It has been a top choice since it was released and it competes with the popularity of LoL. The game offers prize pools that are some of the highest of any eSport being played and the most popular competition is The International, which can offer millions in payouts.

The game is a multiplayer online battle arena game and there are 10 players that are controlling the game characters. Each character has a strength and weakness and the goal is to destroy a large structure that is defended by the opposing team. Since Dota 2 is so popular, there are often special events that are held throughout the year, which can include a Halloween themed tournament, Christmas tournament and a New Bloom Festival that welcomes spring. Dota 2 attracts many professional players that enter events in hopes of winning some of the highest eSports payouts in the world.