Video gaming is now the unrivaled and unmatched giant of the entertainment industry. Not only is it now worth more than the video and music industries put together at a value of over $4 billion as of 2020, but its level of growth in the past two months alone has been at a level usually made over a two year period.
With so much growth in the industry and more fans being drawn into the scene than ever before, plenty of people have, understandably, begun wondering how to make money playing video games online. Here’s our guide on some of the biggest and best video games to try and make a living out of.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Valve Corporation’s flagship title at this point, there are few competitive first-person shooters in the world that can compete with Counter-Strike. Though it was certainly a popular series prior to the explosion in popularity of the Esports scene over the past couple of years, Global Offensive has just continued to hit new heights and set new records for itself since 2018 or so.
Despite being released initially back in 2012, CS:GO has broken its record of active concurrent players twice as recently as March and April this year, surpassing the one million player mark for the first time in its history in the process, and continues to dominate Esports viewing figures on the likes of Twitch and YouTube.
The competitive scene, unlike other Esports titles, is pretty well supported throughout the globe too, with major teams established in North America, Europe, the CIS region, Oceania, and Asia nowadays. As of this year, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has played host to 96 individual tournaments, bringing the total amount of prize money across the entire game’s history to a whopping $96 million.
If prestige is what you’re after from your career in the Esports industry, there’s still no beating Dota 2. Another one of Valve’s major titles, Dota 2 was released as a sequel to the original Defence of the Ancients game in 2013 and has established itself as one of the most skill-heavy and strategic games available in the community right now.
The high skill ceiling in comparison to other MOBA titles like League of Legends means that making it like a pro in Dota 2 is much more a slog-heavy job than it is a pick-up-and-have-fun video game, but the rewards are certainly still much higher than any other competitor right now.
The annual International tournament is still the world of gaming’s most lucrative tournament, topping the top five places on the list of biggest competitions in the industry’s history, and the 2019 edition set new records with its $35 million prize purse and growth of 2,045%.
Rainbow Six Siege
Definitely the surprise entry into the list of Esports’ heaviest-hitters, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege has been experiencing a serious revival in fortunes since the beginning of the year. Ubisoft’s attempt to break into the lucrative world of first-person shooters has netted around sixty million dedicated players so far, and really shows no sign of slowing down on this hunt to becoming one of the world’s most influential Esports titles.
Console games have notoriously struggled to break the hold of PCs on the Esports market in the past however, through lucrative deals with the likes of ESL, Rainbow Six looks like it is in a better position than most of its rivals to do just that. At the time of writing, Rainbow Six has housed 18 tournaments across the year, at an average prize purse of $222,000. Needless to say, this is quite a big jump for the Ubisoft game and puts it well above the likes of Dota, League of Legends, and Counter-Strike for the time being.