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.
PAYDAY 3 Developer Announces D&D Live Service Multiplayer
The Starbreeze cooperative multiplayer game Project Baxter is expected to follow PAYDAY. The official Dungeons & Dragons logo is on Starbreeze. However, we do not expect the studio to revere RPG settings like Larian did with Baldur’s Gate 3.
Starbreeze will develop and publish Project Baxter in 2026 for all major platforms. The company says it “will carry the signature Starbreeze game cornerstones of cooperative multiplayer, lifetime commitment through a Games as a Service model, community engagement, and a larger than life experience.”
Forgive the skepticism, but PAYDAY 3, Starbreeze’s latest release, lagged behind due to server issues that the CEO had to apologize for, taking two months to release the heist shooter’s first patch. It’s a disappointing story that may have gone unnoticed in a year with The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Kong: Rise of Skull Island, and The Walking Dead: Destinies.
Would you like a Starbreeze multiplayer live service D&D game? Is this to capitalize on the setting’s moment between Baldur’s Gate and the surprising good Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves?
Free Soccer Simulator Finally More Single Player on eFootball, But Not Like League
Konami promised that free-to-play soccer sim eFootball would add PES’ massively popular Master League mode, but while this month’s v3.20 update will add more solo content, you’ll have to wait. My League lets you play full seasons as a single player with changing weather and exclusive rewards to reduce the wait.
You’ll replace a real team from your league, like England or Italy. The gacha system unlocks players that you’ll use to fight the AI and win the table. Play through the mode as many times as you want, with custom cutscenes and other features to track your progress. It all seems like a way to make dream team gameplay appealing to offline players.
Online play is also getting better. A new tier system will match you with players of similar skill levels, and co-op will soon let you join strangers instead of friends. You can use emojis to discuss your matches’ successes and failures or strategize with new allies.
We assume new cards with perks will allow Konami to create “rarer” versions of players when they perform certain real-life feats. A new login feature will include a penalty-taking minigame where you must score a goal to climb a ladder and unlock in-game rewards like virtual currency. For now, that’s it.
The critically panned game improves, but not as fast as former PES fans would like. The gameplay is good, and there are more things to do, but without that meaty single-player mode, old-school franchise fans will always rank it lower. Konami should revive one of the best solo sports game modes soon.
Despite Leak, GTA 6 Trailer Reaches 50 Million Views in 10 Hours
We expected it to be big, but this big? Only ten hours after Rockstar unceremoniously released GTA 6’s trailer after an unexpected leak, it has over 50 million views. This video is the top trending video on YouTube worldwide, ignoring mirrors from IGN and Gamespot.
Instead of waiting until later today, the developer released the first footage of the latest Grand Theft Auto after a watermarked version leaked on Twitter. The team is understandably upset, but the video’s overwhelming response will reassure it. It has 50 million views and 6.5 million likes.
This could reach 100 million by the end of the day as it’s shared worldwide and fans search for Easter eggs and secrets. How many times have you seen the new trailer?
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