The rise of professional gaming is showing no signs of stopping. The eSports industry reached new heights in 2019 and is expected to grow even bigger by next year. While popular titles such as CS:GO, Fortnite, Dota 2 and League of Legends are dominating the scene, these are bound to get a bit of competition from upcoming and new eSport games in 2020.
So what titles can we expect the most rivalrous players battling it out in to win massive prize pools? Unfortunately we can’t tell for certain, but what we do know is that some recently released and upcoming competitive games in 2020 are looking very promising. With a little bit of research we have constructed a top 5 list of titles that may or may not invade the professional scene and become new eSport games in 2020.
1. Teamfight Tactics
Developer: Riot Games
Genre: Auto battler
Developed by the legendary Riot Games who has created League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics is certain to become one of the biggest names among upcoming eSport games in 2020. While this very strategic Auto Battler is set to release on mobile devices in 2020, it’s already played by more than 30 million people on PC every month.
There’s undoubtedly a lot of indication of Teamfight Tactics being one of the hottest new eSport games in 2020. Not only is it played by millions of people and not only have there been a couple of hundred thousand dollar tournaments hosted already. In a news announcement posted on September 2019, Riot Games also said that they’re committed to build a competitive scene for Teamfight Tactics starting in 2020.
2. Halo Infinite
Developer: 343 Industries
Genre: First-person shooter
The Halo series is one of the oldest eSport franchises to still be alive. This game has been played competitively for money ever since the first title – Halo: Combat Evolved – was released in 2001. With the eSport industry continuously growing so has the professional scene in Halo. The fifth game in the series has had a total of 75 tournaments played with total prize money of $7 million.
In 2020 the next game in the franchise is set to be released – Halo Infinite. While we still don’t know if this game will have a competitive scene, it’s very likely that it will be one of the new eSport games in 2020.
3. Dota Underlords
Genre: Auto battler
As much as the popular Dota 2 is a competitor to the even more popular League of Legends, Dota Underlords is a competitor to Teamfight Tactics. These titles are very much alike and are both likely to have their professional scene flourishing as upcoming eSport games in 2020.
Released as early access in June 2019, Dota Underlords does, however, have some serious catching up to do. While Teamfight Tactics has 33 million players every month, Dota Underlords have about 500 thousand. Its player base has also been steadily dropping and is currently at an all-time low.
Even though prize pools haven’t surpassed $16 thousand, competitive tournaments have, however, already been played. With Valve behind the wheels and the game being very strategic, not to mention addictive, we do have faith in it. But is there a chance for Dota Underlords to be the biggest flop among new eSport games in 2020? Certainly.
4. Doom Eternal
Developer: id Software
Genre: First-person shooter
Set to be released next year, Doom Eternal is an upcoming competitive game in 2020. As you may already know, the Doom franchise has been around forever. The first game was released in 1993 and since then there has been five successors with Doom Eternal being the sixth. While fans absolutely love the series, there hasn’t been much of an eSport scene to talk about. Doom 3 had a couple of nice paying tournaments (up to $120 thousand) but that’s about it.
So will Doom Eternal break this habit? Is it an upcoming eSport game in 2020? Unfortunately it’s unlikely. Competitive multiplayer is confirmed, but will id Software push the title towards the eSports vertical? Many are hoping, but only a few believe that it will actually happen. Sorry if we made you disappointed!
5. Path of Exile
Developer: Grinding Gear Games
Genre: Action RPG
Released all the way back in 2013, Path of Exile is probably the most complex action RPG that exists to date. It has followed in the footsteps of the legendary Diablo 2, but has taken range and depth to a whole a new level. While PvP is kind of lacking in the game, various races where players compete to be the first ones to reach a certain goal are running at regular intervals.
There previously hasn’t been much money involved in these races. However, for the game’s new league which is starting today (on the 13th of December), a streamer has contributed $30000 to a race played in hardcore mode. This is of course pocket money compared to tournaments in many eSport games, but it does show potential for this action RPG being one of the new eSport games in 2020.
You may think it’s a long shot and you may be right. You should, however, know that the company behind the game has been acquired by Tencent who also owns Riot Gaming (the creators of League of Legends) and about 40% of Epic Games (the creators of Fortnite). If there’s a will to turn Path of Exile into a more competitive game, it will definitely be one of the new eSport games in 2020.