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In the fast paced world of esports, the industry is always changing. There are goliaths that stand the test of time and continue to be an favorite with players and fans, new releases that surge in popularity among the younger generations while also having the potential to be initial massive hits, only to fade away a short time later. Below you can find the current most popular esports titles ranked by Twitch viewership and tournament prize money.

Top eSports Ranked by Twitch Viewership

 TitleeSports HoursTotal HoursShare eSportsChange
1.Counter Strike: Global Offensive23.7M76.6M30.9%+1
2.Dota 211.9M51.0M23.3%+1
3.League of Legends9.6M127.5M7.5%-2
4.Playerunknown's Battlgrounds2.0M14.2M14.4%+9
6.Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege1.0M11.5M8.4%-1
7.Rocket League0.9M6.9M12.7%-3
9.NKA 2K200.7M8.6M7.8%+17
10.StarCraft II0.6M5.0M12.4%-2

Data provided by Newzoo. Updated May 2020.

Top eSports by Betting Volume

esports betting volumeThe games that players like to bet on still remains similar, with League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive continuing to dominate the market share of wagers. 

Top eSports Ranked by Tournament Prize Pool

 TitlePrize Money (2019)  
2Dota 2$46.7M
3Counter Strike: Global Offensive$21.7M
4Playerunkown's Battlegrounds$13.2M
6League of Legends$9.1M
7Arena of Valor$7.8M
8Call of Duty: Black Ops 4$6.6M
9Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege$4.9M

Data provided by Statista. Updated March 2020.

  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive: One of the core competitive games that has been around since the beginning of modern esports and still dominating today. Counter Strike: Global Offensive, more commonly known as CS:GO is a competitive first person shooter (FPS) and remains as one of the top esports games in the industry. The history of Counter Strike starts in the year 2000 and has been going strong for over 20 years now. If you would like to learn more about the history of Counter Strike and betting on CS:GO games, check out our CS:GO betting guide.
    • Release Date: August 21, 2012
    • Genre: First-person Shooter (FPS)
  • Dota 2: Dota 2 is a competitive multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game developed and published by Valve. The game is a sequel to Defense of the Ancients, which was a community-created mod for Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion pack, The Frozen Throne.
    • Release Date: July 9, 2013
    • Genre: Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA)
  • League of Legends: League of Legends better known as LoL, is another MOBA style game that was released in 2009 and is wildly popular alternative to Dota 2.
  • PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds:
    • Release Date: December 20, 2017
    • Genre: Multiplayer Battle Royale
  • Fortnite
    • Release Date: July 21, 2017
    • Genre: Online Battle Royale
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
    • Release Date: April 7, 2015
    • Genre: Tactical Shooter
  • Rocket League
    • Release Date: July 7, 2015
    • Genre: Racing / Soccer Hybrid
  • Valorant
    • Release Date: June 2, 2020
    • Genre: Tactical FPS
  • NBA 2K20
    • Release Date: August 21, 2019
    • Genre: Basketball Simulation
  • StarCraft II
    • Release Date: July 27, 2010
    • Genre: Real Time Strategy (RTS)
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