For the longest time, sports betting has been the driving force of the online gambling industry. Thanks to the popularity of soccer, basketball, and cricket among fans, betting online has sustained the regulated gambling industry. Now, another force’s powering the regulated gambling market- the rise of eSports.
Thanks to the growing number of eSports content and lucrative tournaments that are hosted for players, eSports is changing the regulated gambling landscape online. Just how popular is eSports in the context of betting and regulated gambling in general? Well, you can look at it this way: the COVID-19 pandemic upended several industries, but eSports betting sites are thriving. More importantly, several eSports teams are thriving in today’s challenging environment that bolsters the argument that eSports is one of the primary drivers of the industry.
You won’t find any action-adventure games in the eSport scene according to Arabicgamer.net, as these games are all about high skills, teamplay and competition. You won’t find any lengthy single-player campaigns in these games.
Still on the sidelines on the influence of eSports? Well, just consider the achievements of the top 3 eSports teams for 2020. Here’s a look at the most popular and highly rated eSports team in the world and reasons why they’re top dogs.
A list of the best and most popular eSports teams will not be complete without including Team Liquid in the list. Established in 2000, the team is considered one of the leading forces in eSports particularly in League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. As one of the best teams in the business, the team has won The International 2017 and the Super Major 2018. Also, Team Liquid was considered the best team for League of Legends in North America for 2018.
This 2020, Team Liquid is off to a great start. According to some industry estimates, the team is the best performer in terms of winnings earned in its participation in top eSports events and tournaments. As of March 2020, the earned more than $32 million, the largest among other teams that regularly compete in tournaments. In 2019, Team Liquid participate in a Dota tournament and earn $4.4 million even if it was placed second. This team is best known for its participation and skills in Dota 2 and Counter-Strike.
This is one of the biggest eSports teams in the business and their credentials and accomplishments will speak for themselves. Established in 2015, OG is the leading team when it comes to Dota, and they are known for winning The International two times last 2018 and 2019. The International is the biggest tournament for Dota 2 and it boasts record prize pools for its participants and winners. Aside from the team’s expertise in Dota 2, Team OG also participates in tournaments for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Super Smash Bros.
Just like Team Liquid, Team OG has proven its worth this 2020. Although there are challenges posed by the pandemic, this team managed to collect wins and lucrative prizes. In one estimate published online, the team managed to collect $33.5 million as of March 2020 and almost all of its earnings are from their successful participation in many Dota 2 tournaments.
Evil Geniuses is one of the first active teams in professional eSports. The team was established in 2009 and primarily participates in tournaments for Dota 2, League of Legends, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The biggest successes of the team came from its participation in The International, the leading tournament for Dota 2. Its team managed to dominate The International 2015 and they managed to consistently rank high on the list by placing third in 2014, 2016, and 2018, and ending up in the 5th to 6th position in 2019. This team is also competitive in other eSports particularly CS: GO and the League of Legends.
Just like Team Liquid and OG, Evil Geniuses delivered great performances in 2020. As of March 2020, the team earned more than $20 million and the bulk if its earnings come from the participation in many Dota 2 tournaments.
In terms of earnings and activities in the first half of 2020, these three teams dominated the industry. Their skills and commitment to eSports help establish their brand and reputation as the best teams in eSports right now. Although these are current leaders, we should not ignore the efforts and achievements of other eSports teams.
Some of the other competitive teams that are actively participating in tournaments right now are Invictus Gaming, Team Secret, Vici Gaming, Virtus.Pro, Newbee, and Fnatic. With the dynamic and competitive nature of eSports, it will not be surprising to know a different set of leaders and competitive teams by next year.