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Tier 1 Esports 2022 – LoL and CS:GO Continue to Perform


18 Nov 2022

Gabriel Sciberras

For those unaware, the esports disciplines may be described as forming part of tiers. Accordingly, Tier 1 Esports 2022 involves the likes of Dota, League of Legends and CS:GO. Indeed, in this article we’ll be taking a look at LoL and CS:GO – they simply keep pushing the industry!

Tier 1 Esports 2022 – Awesome Majors

ESL Pro League Season 14
Credits: Valve

In the past month, we’ve truly witnessed the impressive status of competitive League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Let’s start with LoL. Smashing the industry, the Worlds Championship 2022 celebrated the end of the season inviting the international community to crown another champion.

Moreover, the prize pool of $2,225,000 took place over the past month, bringing the competition to North America for the first time – here DRX managed to surprise the entire world and conquer the group of 16 teams.

Credits: Riot Games

Meanwhile, CS:GO similarly hosted an epic Major event in the past month. Taking the community to Rio, through IEM Rio Major, the event had previously been cancelled due to the international health situation.

Placing the highest prize pool ever in competitive CS:GO, the $1,250,000 spurred the likes of Outsiders who surprised everyone out of the top 24 teams in the world.

So, in short, both esports have featured some massive events over the past month – what about the rest of the season?

Season Recaps – Continuous Growth

Throughout the season, CS:GO has made some impressive strides forwards both in terms of format of events and also the season itself.

Credits: ESL

Currently, the esport benefits from the freedom of having multiple event organizers – with the likes of BLAST, PGL and ESL working together to host their own events within the same calendar. Each one with their own flair, such as the $1,000,000 Grand Slam means that the action never stops for CS:GO.

Here are some of the events from this year for CS:GO:

  • BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2022 – Jan 28 – $177,498
  • IEM Katowice – Feb 15 – $1,000,000
  • ESL Pro League Season 15 – Mar 09 – $823,000
  • PGL Major Antwerp 2022 – May 09 – $1,000,000
  • BLAST Premier Spring Finals 2022 – Jun 15 – $425,000
  • IEM Cologne 2022 – Jul 05 – $1,000,000
  • ESL Pro League Season 16 – Aug 31 – $835,000
  • IEM Rio – Nov 23 – $1,250,000

And there’s more to come, such as the BLAST Premier World Finals later this year, with another $1,000,000 on the line. Otherwise, changes in event format such as the Swiss System Format have allowed for very interesting Majors!

LCK Spring Playoffs
Credits: Riot Games

Meanwhile, and very differently, League of Legends makes use of the franchised system. For each of the major regions, there are two regular season splits with two international events each year. The major regions are as follows:

  • LCK – Korea
  • LCS – North America
  • LEC – Europe
  • LPL – China

Competing internationally at the Mid-Seasonal Invitational and the Worlds 2022, here are some examples of events hosted this past season:

  • LEC Spring 2022
  • LCK Spring 2022
  • LCS Spring 2022
  • Mid-Seasonal Invitational 2022
  • LEC Summer 2022
  • LCK Summer 2022
  • LCS Summer 2022
  • Worlds 2022

With each of the two formats offering advantages and disadvantages, both esports are reaping the benefits!

Esports Viewership – At the Top

Credits: Valve

And now, to supplement our look at the events, here are some viewership statistics from Esports Charts.

Note that the following are the top 3 events in terms of viewership for both esports:

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

  • PGL Major Stockholm 2021 – Peak Viewers 2,748,434
  • PGL Major Antwerp 2022 – Peak Viewers 2,113,610
  • IEM Rio Major 2022 – Peak Viewers 1,428,993

League of Legends

  • 2022 World Championship – Peak Viewers 5,147,699
  • 2021 World Championship – Peak Viewers 4,018,728
  • 2019 World Championship – Peak Viewers 3,985,787

As you can see, the top 3 events are all in recent years – growth is being maintained and observed.

Tier 1 Esports 2022 – Can Dota Compete?

LoL Worlds 2021
Credits: Riot Games

Naturally, we cannot possible say which is better – CS:GO or League of Legends?

However, what we can for certain is that the likes of Dota 2 is not as successful as these other two scenes. Indeed, we’ll be taking a look in a future featured article at the state of Dota 2 as a Tier 1 esport in comparison to the success of CS:GO and LoL!

For more esports news, visit: https://www.esportsguide.com/news

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