The esports industry is still on the rise as the calendar turns to a new page. Their most notable titles are groundbreaking, even if the most unpredictable era the scene has ever seen still leaves its mark on a relatively young industry.
With the world stuck in the quasi-equilibrium of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fate of the eSports industry remains uncertain. However, as we approach the third year of the pandemic, the impact of those unprecedented times has become a permanent fixture across esports as a whole. Tournaments have largely remained digital, fans have been largely excluded from live events, and COVID still has an immense impact on the various scenes in esports – even two full years after it was discovered.
The industry, which is still proceeding moderately for the time being, will go fully online sooner rather than later, depending on the course of current events. Whether 2022 will be the year the industry picks up speed remains to be seen, but it is still clear that the world of professional gaming has proven incredibly adaptable even after several years of being fully digital. Despite all the obstacles, every great title pushes ahead.
Here’s a big prediction for each of the biggest games in esports as we usher in the new year.
League of Legends: 2022 will be an important year for esports viewership
League of Legends is the world’s most popular esport, and it’s growing exponentially. In 2022, the game is likely to become increasingly popular in both Western and Eastern markets. This season the finale is the league According to Riot Games, the World Cup dwarfed 73 million viewers at its peak, up 60 percent from 2020. If audience numbers continue to grow at this rate, 2022 could prove to be a record year for the game. Given that Riot will be building long-distance, stationary broadcast centers to improve the quality and accessibility of its esports streams around the world, it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if more league Audience records are clearly still being shaken.
CS: GO: Another year of steady growth is ahead
The rumors around CS: GO’s Deaths were greatly exaggerated. In spite of VALORANT emerging as the next big thing in the tactical shooter genre, CS: GO still has a loyal player base (and fan base) to keep both the game and its esports scene alive. The game stood out as the most played title on Steam in 2021, according to the Steam player tracking site SteamCharts. IEM Katowice, the traditional keynote for every calendar year in CS: GO World, is slated to begin on February 15th.
VALORANT: Growth in all regions will create stable power relations around the world
VALORANTs the honeymoon is over. In just a few months, the game is entering its second year of officially sanctioned competitive play and serious questions will arise about the growth of the professional scene. Fortunately, with strong teams in culturally and geographically diverse regions around the world, VALORANT has the basis to grow into a truly global eSport in record time. Look to 2022 for a surge in competitive viewership as well as the game’s overall player base.
Dota 2: Prize pools will be redefined Dota 2
To the casual ones Dota 2 Fan makes the game headlines once a year during its annual premiere tournament, The International. This is mainly due to the huge prize pools the tournament offers each season. In 2021, The International’s wallet topped $ 40 million, an all-time record for not only Dota 2but the esports industry as a whole. Don’t expect this year Dota to pump the brakes. The highest prize pool for the less popular relative of the MOBA genre could continue to set the bar for prize pools in the industry.
Overwatch: Further delays in Overwatch 2 will continue to harm the audience of OWL
Like a mythical legend Overwatch 2 is a seemingly forgotten promise. After the game’s sequel was announced two years ago – a practical life in years of esports – got lost in development during the pandemic Overwatchs Competitive scene to assert yourself with a game that does not arouse the audience’s interest. The 2021 OWL playoffs peaked during this season’s grand finale with just over 134,000 viewers, a decrease of about 50,000 from the 2020 high and a decrease of nearly 200,000 from the 2019 high, according to the Esports viewer data site Sports charts. the Overwatch Franchise desperately needs a shot in the arm, and the longer the long-awaited sequel to the original game is put on hold, the more fans will continue to lose interest in the blueprint.
Super Smash Bros.: COVID will continue to harm the professional Smashed
The pandemic could easily continue to threaten Smash’s Esports scene. Live events have been rare in the past two years. Unlike other esports Smashed does not have the freedom to play online games considering that many on the scene have disproved this as a whole. Top players like Mkleo, Tweek and many other pioneers of the modern era of the game took time out from competition while the game suffered badly from the effects of COVID-19. Smashed, particularly Ultimately, shatter, relies entirely on in-person events as online games have proven time and again to be suboptimal for competitive tournaments. Genesis 8, a super major with over 4,000 attendees, is slated for later this month. But with the USA report a record number of COVID cases Every day, due to the advent of the Omicron variant, the existence of the tournament as a whole could be tested – and so would the rest of the 2022s Smashed Circuit.
Fourteen days: An eventual return to live events will rejuvenate the game’s esports scene
Fourteen days eSports peaked in 2019 when the opening event Fourteen days According to the World Cup, well over 22 million hours were viewed by all viewers Sports charts. Since then, the game has not come close to the numbers of this event. Assuming the pandemic calms down and vaccination rates continue to rise, live events should return to the esports scene in due course – likely towards the end of 2022, given the advent of the Omicron variant in the US Fourteen days The World Cup (and its $ 30 million prize pool) is making a comeback in 2022. Fourteen days Esports get an instant boost.
call of Duty: Outside threats will test the franchise’s esports division
While call of Duty Will always have a strong, dedicated player base, its esports scene could be overtaken in 2022 if Activision-Blizzard can’t find a way to keep its competitors at bay. gloriole is coming VALORANT is an ever growing presence, and the cod Scene as a whole is beginning to feel the heat from other shooters. CoDs The error rate will be lower than ever in 2022 as threats and competitors become an established industry veteran like. could surpass cod this year. Also with top characters in the game’s eSports scene strikingly unhappy and blunt In terms of internal issues, 2022 shows all the signs of a “proof” year for an esport arguably in greater turmoil than ever.
Rainbow Six Siege: A crowded FPS field could make significant growth a challenge
Rainbow Six has its place in the industry as a medium-sized title with a reliable fan base. So don’t expect the title to go anywhere in 2022. Admittedly Rainbow Six could take a hit this year in terms of the overall draw as it is still like against the old guard of FPS games. have to fight cod and CS: GOwhile newer competitors like VALORANT and Halo: Infinite could make growth even more difficult siege.
World of Warcraft: Organizations will invest in the PvE scene
Even though Impressive is almost 20 years old, the game still has an emerging esports scene. After finding new life through competitive PvE in 2021, you shouldn’t be stunned if top teams like Limit and Echo this year may be noticed by old esports organizations for another Race to World First event as well to prepare further Impressive expand sometime in the future. While the game itself is still quite difficult to navigate from a financial standpoint – it’s not easy to pay a list of over 20 players – there are still options.
Missile league: Continuous growth, but not a real breakthrough
We are entering the third year of the “COVID era” of esports, and Missile league still has room to grow. The game has grown steadily over the past two years and its esports scene is still moving up at a respectable pace. The RLCS boasted the North American Championship last June with their largest prize pools since the pandemic began. Its total pool of $ 400,000 was supported by an average viewership of over 136,000 Sports charts. Missile league has solidly carved out its own little niche in the industry and still has reason to move up in 2022. While the game is unlikely to break into the top tier of the esports market in 2022, it is definitely possible that it will continue to develop its own fan base over the course of the next year.
Apex legends: Becomes a highly dedicated player base Apex’s backbone
Apex legends is likely to continue to make a huge impact in 2022 as a leader in the battle royale genre. After coming to the Steam client in November 2020, apex sat in the top 5 active players in most games of 2021 among all games played on the platform SteamCharts. Even though PUBG Sports a higher number of simultaneous players, based on data from SteamCharts, apex is ready to rise further in 2022 thanks to strong developer support and a variety of esports tournaments in 2021 that serve as watermarks.
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