Top 5 eSports Games In 2019 You Should Play And Bet On
2018 has just come to a close. But, before you throw away champagne battles and remember to write a “9” instead of an “8,” now is the perfect time to begin planning the year ahead. No, I don’t mean planning to get in shape or save money, I mean it’s time to pick up a new hobby: competitive gaming and betting on eSports.
Yes, the world of eSports has undoubtedly grown over the years, making now the perfect time to delve in. With that in mind, here are the five games that will help jumpstart your competitive gaming career in 2019. And if you are new to online betting I recommend you to take a look at our Online Guide To eSports Betting.
Similar to the popular League of Legends, Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that has risen to the top ranks of competitive gaming. The difference? Dota 2 has the edge in the eSports arena. In terms of earnings, it is the top eSports game of 2018. Additionally, Dota 2 gets a lot of eyeballs on Twitch, with over seven million subscribers at the time of this writing. Which is, give or take, only about seven million more subscribers than I have on Twitch.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The brand-spanking-new addition to the Super Smash Bros. franchise, Ultimate looks to build on the franchise’s history of competitive play. Additionally, it is part of the only game series where you can see a professional plumber, an electric rat, and a tie-wearing gorilla fighting each other. …At least I’m pretty sure it’s the only one. Now, since this game is so new, we should expect a few tweaks here and there so we can avoid another Meta Knight situation. But, whether you’re a longtime fan or brand new Smash Bros. battler, you’re going to have a smashing good time.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links
I must say, I was quite tempted to put a standard competitive card game such as Hearthstone or Shadowverse on this list. However, I thought I’d go with something a bit more unique. Like the aforementioned games, Duel Links is a strategic card game, but with the interesting distinction of originating from a manga and anime where teenagers with ridiculous hairstyles dramatically…play a trading card game. Sounds riveting, doesn’t it? Regardless, the game has seen rapid evolution in its many years, resulting in thousands of unique cards and countless strategies. However, Duel Links takes what should be an extremely complex experience and simplifies it, allowing for quick, fun, and competitive duels.
Rainbow Six Siege
While you wouldn’t expect a game riddled with explosive action and barrages of bullets to have the word “rainbow” in the title, Rainbow Six Siege has become one of the more popular modern first-person shooters in the competitive scene. The game ranked in the top 15 in terms of eSports earnings, which is especially interesting considering the series started in 1998. You know, before a lot of the people that play the game were probably born. Additionally, the game just got an update, complete with a new map and new characters.
OK, if you haven’t heard of Fornite by now, I’m going to assume you have been living under a rock for the past year. Well, if you have, welcome back to society! Fortnite is an insanely popular battle royale game, best known for its often-anarchic gameplay and lawsuit-friendly dance moves. Additionally, its free-to-play nature means all you need is a console, a controller, and the strength to know that a twelve-year-old could beat you at any moment.