Just because it’s Christmas, that doesn’t mean Esports comes to a standstill! Even over the festive period, there will be Esports competitions for you to enjoy, whether you enjoy betting on the outcome, or you enjoy watching the action as it unfolds. And with so many tournaments to choose from, there’s something for everyone, whether you prefer the more well-known Counterstrike Championships, or you’re looking to discover something new like Hearthstone – you can get stuck into whichever you prefer. Here is a rundown of a few tournaments that are taking place over the Christmas Season.
Esports: An overview
If you’re new to Esports, getting to know more about it can be helpful. Esports tournaments see professional gamers going head-to-head as a team or one on one to play a video game against each other. Esports events are hosted all over the world, by developers and the ESL, which is the league responsible for many of the tournaments you’ll see being held across the globe. Some of the most popular types of games that are featured in Esports competitions include Multiplayer online battle arena games, first-person shooter games, and real-time strategy games. Fans often watch these competitions closely online, and some are even lucky enough to head to an event in person. Many betting platforms offer Esports odds to bet on, to make the event more exciting, and interactive.
Hearthstone 2022 World Championship
Hearthstone is a bit different from what you would expect when it comes to Esports – it’s not like your Counterstrike or League of Legends – it’s a strategy card game that’s played online, and if you’re looking for something different, you can watch some of the best players, 16 of them to be exact, play this game to take the title of Hearthstone Champion. There are four Grandmasters, four Chinese Gold Series, and eight Masters Tour winners – but who will come out on top? With a $500,000 prize pot up for grabs, it’s all to play for from the 16th to the 19th of December.
IESF 14th World Esports Championship
Running from the start of December, the 1st to the 12th is the international Esports Federation championship. Leading up to Christmas, this could be the event to watch – hosted in Indonesia this year. There are a few tournaments that will take place throughout the championship, like TEKKEN 7, Dota 2 and eFootball. If you’re familiar with Esports, you’ll know that the winners often get a hefty prize pot – and the IESF championship is no exception, winners will get their share of $500,000.
CS:GO Blast World Finals
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a huge name in the Esports world. And there’s no surprise really, it ticks all the boxes that make for great Esports as a first-person shooter, tactical game. It’s the 4th instalment in the counterstrike series and sees two teams going against each other in various objective-based games. There are various modes of the game that allow players to carry out various tasks. These world finals which will be held from the 14th to the 18th of December will see some of the best CS:GO players in the world compete against each other, for incredibly exciting viewing. The finals are being held in Abu Dhabi this year, which is where the top 8 teams in the world will gather to face off. The team that wins will be rewarded with a huge $1,000,000 – a fitting Christmas gift.
Global Esports Games
Another Esports event that gamers will have their eye on before we’re all fully immersed in the festivities is the Global Esports Games which begins on the 14th of December and concludes on the 18th. This tournament doesn’t just focus on one game, but it encompasses a range of some of the best Esports games worldwide, like Dota 2, eFootball, and Street Fighter V. These games take place in Istanbul and take place to show their support of Esports, and when it comes to breaking barriers in sport.