“Leo, enough for the day, now get up and help me with the chores, said the mother”. Little did his mother know that Leo would go on to become arguably the best player in the world when it comes to Super Smash Bros.
In case the rapid growth of Esports into a billion-dollar industry wasn’t enough proof for you that people can make a living out of playing games, we have plenty more players similar to Leo who can prove you wrong within the blink of an eye.
Such has been the impact of Esports in the modern world. Esports, also known as Electronic Sports has finally found the recognition that it rightfully deserves and pro players from all parts of the globe are enjoying the newfound fame and success.
If you are an aspiring gamer who is on the lookout for a window to kickstart your professional career, now is probably the best time for you to do so as some pretty exciting aspects are coming up in the Esports world.
Some may sound familiar to you while some may seem like alien concepts to you, but one thing is for sure, it will be a fun ride for you.
So, without any further adieu, let us take a look at some of the top upcoming games in the world of esports that are coming in hot in the year 2021.
Top Upcoming Games in Esports 2022
In at number 1 we have a fast-paced shooter arena game that was developed by the renowned id software. Millions of gamers from different parts of the globe have been following this game for more than two decades and the recent addition of this tried and tested veteran shooting game into the world of Esports has given it a new life altogether.
Different versions of this have been in the competitive scenario for a while now and several pro teams have been battling ever since the inaugural series and this is something that isn’t going to change anytime soon.
A recent article published by the video gaming giant “The Bethesda Softworks” announced that they will be hosting the Quake Pro League which will run from QuakeCon2019 to QuakeCon2020. The news came via their official website.
And it wasn’t a surprise that the players answered the call in some fashion as tons of gamers are eagerly waiting to show off their skills at the highly anticipated competition. All in all, the game has become a favorite for FPS fans and gaming enthusiasts widely regard it as the pinnacle of skill-based shooters in the world of video games.
This anime-based game was released in the first half of 2018 and is one of the newer additions to the impressive collection of Dragon Ball Z Fighting games. The concept of the game was taken from what fans loved about the initial anime of Dragon Ball which includes breathtaking fights and action along with all of the 40+ powerful fighters featured in the game.
The dynamics and mechanics of the game are very similar and may remind players of the vintage street fighter franchise. The wide range of fight styles is one of the prime reasons why the game has been making a name for itself in the competitive arena over the past couple of years.
Even though there have been recent additions such as DragonballZ: Kakarot in the fight game scenario, the simple and effective mechanics of this game seem to have made an everlasting impact on professional gamers.
The recent world tournament of Dragon Ball FighterZ which was hosted by the famous publisher Bandai Namco in Paris was recently wrapped up and with the amount of hype that the tournament had, one can only say that the future of the game in the competitive world looks bright.
If you ever were into gaming, Halo would simply put a smile on your face. Number 3 on our list is Halo Infinite which is the latest chapter of the legendary franchise of Halo that was at the top of the Esports circuit for plenty of years. It was released in the summer of 2020.
There aren’t many games in the competitive scenario that live up to their hype but thankfully for Halo fans, it has never missed the mark which is also why the next chapter of this legendary game was no different.
This game was co-developed by 343 industries and Skybox labs, both of them being former Halo veterans and the game was also released in-house by none other than Xbox Gaming Studios. The game came out for both Xbox Scarlet and Xbox One in the second half of 2020.
This game is widely known to many players as the first game in the competitive scenario that will be available on the next-generation consoles. If everything goes well for this new addition to the Halo franchise and it most probably will, it will only cement the legacy of Halo along with its domination in the world of Esports in a new decade.
Whatever the future may hold, one thing is for sure, that is, this new addition to the Halo franchise is going to run riots in the Esports market.
It wouldn’t seem like a fair and complete list for gaming if Riot Games isn’t on it. Valorant comes in at number 4 on our list and as many of you may know, the game was developed by the very popular gaming giants Riot Games.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with what Riot Games is, they are one of the most sought-after names in the game developing field and have developed some of the major games in the Esports field such as League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics.
Valorant, in general terms, is a first-person shooter game and the inspiration for this game came from none other than the Counter-Strike franchise which is proclaimed by many as the best FPS game to ever exist.
Ever since the game was released, the prestige of Riot Games and the concept of the FPS game made sure that the game lived up to its hype, and pros from all parts of the globe rushed straight for the win.
The game turned a lot of heads and has already been in the competitive division of games where new organizations are investing in different nations solely due to the potential that the game has.
If one has to put it this way, Counterstrike wears the crown of being the pinnacle of FPS games but Valorant isn’t far off behind and if things go right, it may very well take that crown within a year or so.
As if the mobile adaptation of PUBG: Players Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG Mobile) wasn’t enough, the developers came with another chapter of this brilliant FPS game. PUBG: New State has turned the market upside down ever since the news came out.
There was a time when fans of the mobile game would simply get their smartphones out for a quick match during a break or even during the lecture, but little did they know that they could make a professional career out of it.
As time went by, the mobile version became a better option to its parent game, PUBG PC. Now, mobile Esports has seen new heights which is why global organizations now own PUBG mobile teams of their own.
Countless names in the mobile scene saw gaming as nothing more than a leisure activity but are now representing their nation on the global stage, just ask Jonathan Amaral aka GodLJonathan.
Although the game is having a hard sell in the west, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the New State becomes the perfect jump start for this game, judging by the amount of money Krafton is dumping in the PUBG franchise.
In a nutshell, PUBGM was a success and players can expect the next chapter of the mobile version to follow the footsteps of the former FSP giant.
If anyone said in 1998 that 20 years or so from now, Trackmania will be releasing its next chapter, and the gaming world will be in awe of it, they would have been considered mad. But that is not the case as Trackmania is making a comeback to mainstream competitive Esports after sitting quietly in the shadows for more than a decade.
Fans from all over the globe were always loyal to it, especially the ones from France. Part of the credit also goes to ESWC and the dedicated record-setting community which made sure that the game was never to be forgotten even after its prime years.
The aim of the latest release of this legend, named simply Trackmania (2020) is to capture past glory and to bring back the old days when the game used to be all over the charts in the Esports world. Courtesy of content creators such as Wirtual, the game has caught the attention of content creators and professional players alike.
Several players from different regions of the world are going back to older Trackmania titles to set new records and re-start their driving career. 2022 is looking to be a pretty eventful year for the OG racing game.
The prodigal child returns at number 7 on our list. The game developed by Riot Games to rival mobile MOBA giants, including the likes of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and King of Glory is bringing the heat in the fall of 2022.
Wild Rift has gained a large following and popularity, especially among League of Legends fans, majorly due to its fast-paced gameplay and aesthetics that resemble former League of Legends versions.
In comparison to better-known Mobile Legends, it is fair to say that LOL Wild Rift comes off as a pretty good alternative. But the game itself isn’t the main reason behind the respect that it has in the Esports division, instead, it is the high amount of budget that Riot Games can pour into the title.
Plans have already been announced by Riot Games that they are planning to make Wild Rift an Esports MOBA game that will be independent of League of Legends.
So, fans and professionals, buckle up to start your Esports career and brace yourself for the upcoming events in 2022. Apart from the regional leagues of Riot Games, tons of Tournament Organizers saw potential in the game even before its launch with a minimum of five-digit pool prizes up for grabs.
The stature of number 8 on our list is relatively high in terms of Esports prospects in the year 2022. A major part of this is because the game specializes in customizable weaponry. Be it muzzles or magazines, all of the weapons come with their own stats to offer the players a sense of inventory management.
Warzone in its own way comes off as a breath of air for fans who love first-person shooter games and Battle Royales in the perfect balance. It is no secret that the Call of Duty franchise already has a fan base.
This simply means that it is only a matter of time before the Esports side of things grows rapidly for Warzone which is also why it has been marked by many as the best upcoming Esports game to keep tabs on.
Although players and other fans from the communities are still waiting on an official announcement by Activision on the Esports side of this FPS game. But the way PUBG has been doing recently, there is quite a possibility that BRs may try to make one last push towards Esports.
On the penultimate spot, we have clash royale, a real-time strategy game that is straight out of the clash universe. The game was first released by Supercell in 2016 and it was developed primarily for mobile devices.
In terms of gameplay, it is a simple head-to-head variant of the “Tower Rush” genre that comes with a card mechanic which allows the users to deploy troops and forces. The game is praised by many players who find the game perfect from the competitive side of things and similar to freemium games like League of Legends, Clash Royale has also made the news for being excessively obsessive.
Several prominent competitive tournaments have been hosted up until now, with the game still being pretty active in the Esports division. Different teams from all over the globe grind in hopes of representing their region in the “Clash Royale League Challenge” that is hosted by Supercell once a year.
New players who are preparing themselves for the competitive world are starting with the game and the future looks pretty exciting for this strategy game.
As we put an end to our list, here comes Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. The characters may give you the impression that it is not for adult teens, but that isn’t the case. The game made headlines only after a year of its launch as tons of streamers and professional players started playing it regularly.
In simpler terms, it is a battle royale game that involves a series of challenges where the endgame of every player is to eliminate the other until only one remains. To sum it up, this game might be the only one in the Esports division that may seem cute at first but is one of the most intense games as of now in the competitive scenario.
The recent popularity of the game has seen numerous tournament organizers that are looking for opportunities to host tournaments with decent prize pools. The most notable tournament for Fall Guys was the Twitch Rival Season 4 which had an average viewership of 200,000, with the winner bagging an impressive 50,000-dollar prize.
It is expected that more organizers will join the line to host major Fall Guys tournaments and also hope that the Twitch rival series will continue in the coming years.
These are some of the top games that are coming in Esports as new additions and pros along with people who are looking to enter Esports should keep an eye on.
It is common knowledge that the Esports industry is on the rise and if you ever thought of it as a career, well now is the perfect time for you to shine. Be it mobile gaming or PC, it is a fact that upcoming Esports will take over each aspect of the genre along with the market.
The games mentioned in this list are highly anticipated to perform well in the Esports side of things and if things go well, organizations are going to dump more money than ever before.
We hope that this blog has everything that you were looking for.
Up until next time! Esports FTW!