The esports scene is progressing at an impressively rapid pace. Even huge car manufacturers such as Lamborghini have been exploring the world of racing video games with competitive tournaments around The Real Race. In terms of esports-related PC games, they too are having a huge impact on the overall progression of esports.
Console events have had a successful period, but PC competitions have been capturing the attention of fans and professional players, and rather notably, too. Numerous competitions have been carried over since 2020 also, promising an even more exciting few months ahead for fans of esports. Professional players’ YouTube channels are thriving, the popularity of Twitch continues to elevate the all-around esports package, and fans are exploring more esports betting markets than ever before. Overall, the progression shown in recent times has been quite remarkable as the scene continues to thrive and register big numbers.
It hasn’t been rosy for every single title, though. Games like Rainbow Six Siege and Overwatch have had a concerning time of it lately as active players and viewership figures struggle compared to previous campaigns. Despite the struggles of some, others have been registering big success. With that in mind, here is a look at five of the most impactful PC games of 2021.
League of Legends
League of Legends has had yet another impactful period on PC. As pointed out by The Esports Observer, the game continues to attract a massive player base. Alongside this, fans of the esport have been tuning into Twitch in large numbers, making it the most-watched title on the streaming platform in the first quarter of the year. Competitions such as the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) in Berlin has recorded impressive numbers too, with figures emerging suggesting that the viewership by hours has grown year-on-year by more than 40%.
Fortnite’s success has been impossible to ignore ever since it was created. We have seen a number of big winners over the years, and 2021 appears to be no different. In fact, despite the title struggling more than previous years it still managed to pay out a collective prize pool of just over $3M to its successful players in regionalised competitions. Fortnite developers and series organisers Epic Games continue to keep its beloved creation in the limelight.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
With more than 80 exciting tournaments pulling in large crowds and a massive selection of talented players, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has had another solid time of it. A hugely popular PC title in its own right, $3.6M was distributed in the prize pools at unmissable events such as the $1M BLAST Premier: Global Finals and the $1M Intel Extreme Masters XV – World Championship.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
A game that has always captured the hearts and minds of the esports community, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has continued to go from strength to strength in recent times. The game’s Twitch viewership figures continue to be strong, and the sheer amount of players aiming to reign supreme in the competitive scene is impressive too, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare achieving the third-highest player base behind the likes of the aforementioned Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends.
PUBG is another PC title that has had an impactful 2021 so far. The game’s Twitch viewership numbers continue to reach impressive heights alongside the $7.1M distributed in prize pools. Participants from all over the world have been making a real name for themselves also, with competitors from Taiwan, China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Macau competing in an intriguing six-week league recently.
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