One of the most amazing sights in esports is seeing the world’s largest arenas completely sold out with fans cheering for their favorite players and teams.
With the esports industry growing at an incredible rate, the production value on some tournaments already rivals that of the world’s biggest sports events.
Here’s a look back at the five most spectacular esports tournaments to date.
Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2015 CSGO
IEM Katowice 2015 had more than 100,000 fans attend the live event. And, both ESL One and IEM streams set a new Twitch concurrent viewership record from a single event with over 1 million tuning in to watch the games for that year.
The tournament was also packed with esports action from League of Legends, Starcraft II, and a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major.
The caliber of talent on hand for all games made it an esports’ fans dream tournament and they packed the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland.
The tournament had incredible games played with all competitors bringing out the best from one another.
At the end of it, history was made as Fnatic became the first double-Major champion of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
League of Legends World Championship (2017)
The League of Legends Worlds Series has steadily been improving each year, and during its seventh season, the tournament had one of the best opening ceremonies for an esports event ever.
Riot spared no expense during the Worlds opening ceremony for the Finals as Against the Current and Jay Chou performed “Legends Never Die” while a giant 3D augmented reality Elder Dragon crashed the Beijing National Stadium.
The tournament hosted 24 of the best LoL teams and was held across different cities in China. And, it was Samsung Galaxy who secured their second Worlds title after sweeping three-time world champion SK Telecom T1 in a best-of-five final series.
In terms of viewership, tournament shattered viewership records by reaching 60 million unique viewers.
The Fortnite World Cup 2019
Fortnite shocked the gaming world during its meteoric rise in 2017. The game had the most diverse demographic from children to older players and even reached multiple celebrities that couldn’t stop playing the game.
With the entire gaming world fixated on the Fortnite craze, Epic Games announced the Fortnite World Cup, a US$30 million tournament that took place on July 26-28 in New York City at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The tournament had a 100 player production setup for all the players, with multiple big screens to follow different players’ journeys through the games. Oh, they also had a live Marshmello concert during the tournament.
The tournament held no less than four competitions: Solo, Duos, Creative Finals, and the popular Celebrity Professional-Amateur event.
When it was all said and done though, it was Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf who won US$3 million for finishing in first-place and became a household name, especially in the Western world.
The Six Invitational 2020
The Six Invitational 2020 was one of the most recent and most memorable tournaments the esports scene we’ve seen in a while.
The tournament featured 16 of the best Rainbow Six Siege teams from around the world playing for a massive prize pool of US$3 million.
The tournament was capped off with an insane comeback victory by Spacestation Gaming against Ninjas in Pyjamas.
After the tournament, Ubisoft laid out their upcoming future plans for the game’s future tournaments and even dropped a newly reworked Tachanka, which shows that the developers are listening to their fans.
The Six Invitational 2020 was the perfect example of what a top tier and well-produced tournament can do for a competitive game. Even though the game was released in late 2015, it still has plenty of room to grow.
WePlay! Bukovel Minor and Tug of War: Mad Moon
The WePlay! tournament organizers first impressed Dota 2 fans when they hosted the Bukovel Minor, the second Dota Pro Circuit tournament of the 2019-2020 season. Fans flooded the Twitch chat with praises about the level of production the tournament had.
The tournament had amazing memes and great arena and scenery shots when they were on break, and even had different live bands at the start of the broadcast to keep the Twitch stream entertained.
The WePlay! Bukovel Minor and Tug of War: Mad Moon ended with Nigma Esports winning both tournaments defeating two teams that looked unbeatable in Royal Never Give up and Team Secret.
The organizers then stepped up their production game with the Tug of War: Mad Moon tournament that had a Cyberpunk theme with the casters going in full costume. They even had two Cyber Trucks on had for their Upper Bracket Finals’ team entrances.
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