The eSports industry continues to grow. Its most notable titles are leading the way, even as the scene’s most unpredictable era is still making its mark in a relatively nascent industry. Tournaments are still largely digital, and fans are restricted from attending in-person events. Even Though they are still available online as Vwin, the top Asian sportsbook, provides a platform for fans to place bets on esports events. Below are predictions that all fans of esports need to know for this year, 2022:
League of Legends: 2022 will be a watershed moment for esports viewership.
League of Legends is the most popular esports globally, and its popularity is growing at an exponential rate. The Game may likely continue to grow in popularity in Western and Eastern markets in 2022. According to Riot Games, the final of the League World Championship this season overshadowed 73 million viewers at its peak, an increase of 60% from 2020. If viewership continues to rise at this rate, 2022 could be a record-breaking year for the Game. Furthermore, with Riot planning to build a remote broadcast center to improve the quality and accessibility of its eSports streams worldwide, it wouldn’t be surprising if more League Viewership records are broken.
CS GO: Another year of consistent growth is on the way
The death of CS GO has been greatly exaggerated. Despite the fact that VALUABLE has emerged as the next big thing in the tactical shooter genre, CS GO still has a player base (and fan base) that is dedicated enough to keep the Game and its eSports scene alive. According to the player tracking website Steam SteamCharts, the Game will be the most played title on Steam throughout 2021. IEM Katowice, the traditional speech for each calendar year in the CS GO world, begins on February 15.
For ordinary Dota 2 fans, the Game makes headlines once a year during the annual tournament, The International. It’s mostly because there are large prize sports leagues every season. The International purse surpassed $40 million in 2021, setting a record not only for Dota 2 but also for the entire esports industry. Don’t expect Dota to slow down this year. The top prize pool for the less popular cousin of the MOBA genre may continue to set the industry standard for award pools.
Super Smash Bros
Pandemic has the potential to continue threatening Smash’s e-sports scene. During the last two years, there have been very few live events. Unlike other eSports, Smash does not have the option of using online play, as many people in the context have completely rejected it. Top players such as Mkleo, Tweek, and many other forerunners in the Game’s modern era have taken a break from the competition while the Game is heavily influenced by COVID-19.
Crushed, specifically Smash Ultimate, is completely reliant on live events, as playing online has repeatedly been suboptimal for competitive tournaments. Genesis 8, the mega-event with over 4,000 attendees, is still set to take place later this month. However, with America reporting a record number of COVID cases every day due to the emergence of the Omicron variant, the tournament’s existence — as well as the rest of the 2022 Smash electrical circuit — can be thoroughly investigated and tested.
World of Warcraft (WoW)
Despite being nearly 20 years old, OH still has a burgeoning eSports scene. After finding new life through competitive PvE in 2021, don’t be surprised if top teams like Limit and Echo are noticed by legacy esports organizations this year in preparation for another Race to World First event and another event OH expands in the future. While the Game is still quite difficult to navigate financially — paying off a roster of more than 20 players isn’t easy — there is still room to be had.
We are now in the third year of the “COVID era” of esports, and the Missile Federation is leading the charge. There is still room for expansion. The Game has grown for two years in a row, and its esports scene is expanding at a respectable rate. The RLCS has won the most awards since the pandemic began last June with the North American championship. According to the Esports chart, its $400,000 total is supported by an average viewership of more than 136,000 viewers.
The Missile Federation has undoubtedly carved out a unique niche in the industry, and it has good reason to continue moving forward in 2022. While it is unlikely that the Game will reach the top of the esports market in 2022, it does. It will almost certainly continue to expand its fan base in the coming year.
Rainbow Six Siege: A crowded FPS market can make significant growth difficult.
Rainbow Six has established itself in the industry as a middleweight title with a loyal fan base, so don’t expect it to disappear in 2022. Okay, Rainbow Six: Siege will take a hit this year because it will still have to compete with old defenders of FPS games like CoD and CS GO. Newer competitors like VALUABLE and Halo: Infinite will make development even more difficult for Surround.
Embracer Job Losses Continue as New World Interactive is Hit
New World Interactive, the developer of the Insurgency series of tactical first-person shooters, has laid off an unknown number of employees as part of Embracer Group’s comprehensive restructuring plan.
Saber Interactive, which acquired New World in 2020, told Eurogamer that the studio had not closed. However, it confirmed an unknown number of layoffs.
Embracer says it is “actively working to fill existing open roles” with impacted employees and will provide severance packages. “Saber also assures that development will continue on Insurgency: Sandstorm, as well as on unannounced future projects,” it said.
Over 900 employees were laid off in an “agonizing” but “necessary” process. As always, we hope all victims recover.
Sony: We Need Non-Gamers to Access Our Content
Sony wants non-console owners to access its content beyond its PlayStation-walled garden. This strategy has been slowly implemented: the company has commissioned TV and movie adaptations of its biggest franchises, ported select software to the PC, and launched a mobile gaming division.
In an interview with Nikkei, head Hideaki Nishino explained how this strategy can boost console sales: We want to use movies and dramas to get non-gamers to try PlayStation games. Sales of The Last of Us increased during the live-action drama.
When HBO’s adaptation aired, our The Last of Us content skyrocketed, so we can understand its impact. As a PlayStation fan site, we support this strategy because we want to reach as many people as possible, so if Sony can appeal to non-console owners, that’s a win-win.
More PlayStation users is better, in our opinion.
New PS Plus Essential Game Has Great Free DLC
PowerWash Simulator is one of this month’s PS Plus Essentials, but before you start scrubbing, check out the PS Store. The game has been well supported on PS5 and PS4 with free DLC packs based on Square Enix titles since its release at the start of the year.
Free Final Fantasy VII and Tomb Raider expansions let you clean Croft Manor and Seventh Heaven. The free DLC packs add 10 levels, and the paid ones add more.
Two more Back to the Future and SpongeBob SquarePants expansions cost £6.49 or $7.99 each. You can then scrub the Bikini Bottom and the DeLorean.
The Midgar Special Pack for PowerWash Simulator was another reason to use the cleaning kit. “It doesn’t add much, but getting close to FF7’s props and environments is fun. It offers a fresh take on the beloved title that will please both sides of this collaboration.”
Have you tried the latest PS Plus Essential game?
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