Far from being mere entertainment or a way to make a little extra money, video gaming tournaments today offer prizes of millions or even tens of millions of dollars. In exceptional cases, a single competition can make a professional gamer more than slightly wealthy. In 2019, Epic Games gave away tens of millions of dollars to the Fortnite champion. While the most successful professional gamers are not yet as wealthy or famous as the best professional athletes, it is nonetheless possible for a professional gamer to become rich and famous. Gaming has become a spectator sport, with tens of thousands of people attending the biggest eSports events. While some recurring eSports championships have disappeared over the years, most of the most significant annual eSports events will be back in 2020. There are more eSports tournaments today than ever before.
1) BlizzCon 2020
BlizzCon is probably the best-known gaming convention in the world. As well as previews for new games and live concerts, BlizzCon offers the opportunity to watch the championships of blizzard games live. Blizzard has organized BlizzCon almost every year since 2005, always later in the year. The attendance for the BlizzCon event has gradually increased from 8,000 in 2005 to 40,000 in 2018. Esports events at BlizzCon include the Overwatch world cup, Starcraft II championships, and the World of Warcraft arena tournament.
While Starcraft II tournaments take place all over the world, the real champions compete with each other at BlizzCon each year. It is the winner of the BlizzCon tournament that determines who is considered the greatest Starcraft II player in the world. The virtual card game Hearthstone is also successful enough to offer large tournament prizes and draw large crowds.
BlizzCon is popular enough to draw crowds from all over the country. BlizzCon tickets sell for from as little as $200 to as much as $750, for higher levels of tickets. As well as souvenirs, those who attend BlizzCon are given many virtual items in whatever Blizzard games they might play. Attendants may also receive beta keys for new games that have Blizzard has not yet released.
Those who do not want to pay for expensive BlizzCon tickets can instead purchase a virtual ticket. Virtual tickets allow one to stream the entire event as it occurs. In-game items are also included with the price of virtual tickets. One of the best things about BlizzCon is the fan-organized events that take place before and after the main event. These unofficial fan-organized events are set up by attendants and not by Blizzard, and these fan events are entirely free. Possibly the best known of all gaming events, BlizzCon sometimes manages to draw visitors from outside of North America. The vast number of things to do at BlizzCon make it one of the Most Anticipated eSports Events for 2020. More info coming at https://blizzcon.com/en-us/event-info
2) Capcom cup
Fans of traditional fighting games may be happy to know that Capcom offers a live esports tournament for their games. Since 2013, Capcom has organized a 16-32 player live tournament for its best competitors. To qualify for the championship, a player must succeed at smaller competitive events. People who triumph at other fighting game tournaments, such as the Evolution Championship Series, are invited to participate in a Capcom tournament for even larger prizes. More info coming a […]
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