Built for the intentions of eSports leagues and competitive gaming, many gaming PCs of this caliber will often feature entry-level components being fairly light on performance. This is primarily down to the nature of eSports titles not carrying a Triple-A budget in terms of visual fidelity or technical data. The emphasis of eSports titles resides primarily within gameplay, with the majority of titles receiving expansions and DLC to the base game in order to expand the community, as opposed to standalone sequels which gamers may or may not get involved with. These games often receive support for a great number of years, with some titles being Free-To-Play – making up for expenses with optional extras that gamers have the choice to pay for. This is usually cosmetic, rather than gameplay-changing, as this would have an effect on the balancing on gameplay which can lead to unfair competition.
Since games of the eSports genre aren’t to technically demanding, the hardware required to power them doesn’t need to be all too powerful, even for those playing on 1080p and 1440p displays. Where gameplay takes priority over graphics, most eSports gamers will aim for 120Hz refresh rates as 60Hz becomes all too easy to reach given the visual nature of these titles. Most hardware configurations will feature a quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and an entry-level graphics card. Systems within the Primal Series serve as a great starting point for both eSports titles and Triple-A gaming, while those of the ESL eSports line-up are great for eSports gaming at 4K resolutions with 144Hz refresh rates and above.
What are the most popular eSports titles? And what makes them interesting? While there’s a great number of eSports titles within all genres of gaming, the most popular of these titles reside within First-Person-Shooters, MOBA, and Beat-em Ups. With a large amount of Twitch’s revenue and viewership coming strictly from eSports gaming, those such as live streams and professional tournaments are what give eSports the edge, making it more appealing for a larger audience. Below is just a short few list of titles popular within eSports gaming.
League of Legends
As the largest title within eSports, League of Legends has exceeded 100 million in its monthly player count, playing host to a large number of prize-pool tournaments and competitions. As a MOBA, the game takes on a Free-To-play model supported by the means of microtransactions. In LoL players form a team and take control of a Champion character. Playing against another online team, players will battle against one another by taking advantage of abilities, classes, items and stats, with the goal being to destroy their enemy’s base defensive structures. LoL plays from a semi-top-down perspective with a high-fantasy setting for its visual direction. Players are given a number of classes to play as such as mages, marksmen, slayers and tanks. Each class contains their own set of abilities, perks and characteristics and it’s down to the players to decide how and when it’s best to use each one to their advantage.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive began life as a standalone mod for the popular game Half-Life, receiving official support from software developer Valve, before being developed into a fully-fledged game. As an online-only First-Person-Shooter, CS:GO puts two teams against one another known as Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists. Like most FPS titles, CS:GO contains a number of game modes with the primary goal being to either rescue or subdue hostages – depending on your team, along with disarming bombs and eliminating the competing team. Given the incredibly fast-nature of the game, which by all means exceeds the reflexes and response times demanded by other shooters, most gamers will opt for a 120Hz refresh rate display or higher, so that they may perform at their best.
As a sequel to the incredible game DOTA (Defense of the Ancients), DOTA 2 bares much similarities to LoL, increasing in complexity and scale with two teams consisting of five players. Just like LoL, players are tasked with destroying one another with characters known as Heroes, breaking down one another’s structural defenses – the Ancients. Developed by Valve as a Free-To-Play title on Steam, the game carries a high-fantasy creature based art direction with players increasing their character stats through health points, melee attacks, mana abilities and experience levels. This is further enhanced by runes and temporary power-ups with the players viewing taking place through an isometric perspective, looking down onto the battlefield.
While the game is still fairly new compared to the rest of the titles mentioned on this list, the unique appeal of Rocket League’s gameplay has allowed to propel both into the mainstream and hardcore audiences, more so than any other game released an eSport title. Consisting of two teams of four, players control rocket-powered cars which can jump, spin and fly through the air, with the primary goal being a game of Football (Soccer). With each stadium being incredibly large – each carrying a distinctive theme such as a Sci-Fi, basketball, underwater, and ice-rinks, Rocket League is simple to understand, enjoyable to play, and expandable for those looking to enhance their skills. This works great since players can train in offline modes before making their way into online battles.
Street Fighter V
While Street Fighter is by no means as big in terms of scale nor popularity as most eSports titles, it is worth mentioning as it is the most popular within its genre. As with the prior title as well as those which came before – dating way back to 1987, it’s simple to learn, yet incredibly complex and intense to tame. Battling against another player whether that be local or online, each player controls one character using a set of combos and skills throughout a number of rounds and a time limit. Along with ability meters at their disposal which grows over the course of the fight, players can unleash devastating attacks for increased damage.
Not every eSports title was mentioned on this list, and given the extraordinary number of games out there, with some greatly exceeding the player count and popularity of some on this list, they’re certainly worth looking into. Whether you’re into Beat ’em Ups, MOBA, RTS, or First-Person-Shooters, there’s certainly something for everyone.
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