One of the biggest success stories since the turn of the millennium has undoubtedly been the rapid rise in popularity of eSports.
It does not seem too long ago that video gaming was viewed as an activity solely conducted by grumpy teenagers in darkened bedrooms.
Fast forward to today and the eSports industry is a massive global phenomenon, generating more than $1 billion in annual revenue.
Increased interest from sponsors, broadcasters and betting companies has contributed significantly to growth within the sector.
Here are some of the top eSports events you should check out on the best sports streaming sites during the rest of 2022.
FIFAe World Cup
In a year where the World Cup in Qatar will dominate many of the sporting headlines, the eSports equivalent is also certain to attract plenty of attention.
The FIFAe World Cup has been split into ten separate regions, with four online qualifiers in each on the road to the final tournament.
The top players in each region’s rankings at the end of the season will be invited to the Global Series Play-offs. Those 128 participants will then compete until just 32 remain.
They will qualify for the FIFAe World Cup and get their name in lights on top websites such as Football Today, which will feature some of the top stories from the finals.
The best exponents of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) will head to Antwerp in May for the first Major tournament of the year.
This is the fourth Major organised by PGL and will be the first time the Bucharest-based company has staged an event in Belgium.
CS:GO Majors attract millions of viewers on live streams, while tens of thousands of fans will travel to the city to attend the tournament.
While the $1 million prize pool is half what was available at the 2021 event in Stockholm, the latest CS:GO Major is certain to feature some of the best players in the world.
Rocket League World Championships
With a $6m prize pool up for grabs, the Rocket League World Championships could be a life-changing event for someone.
The competition has separate seasonal competitions which feature regional events leading into an international major tournament.
Players accumulate points from these events to qualify for the Rocket League World Championship which take place during July.
Eight teams will automatically qualify for the Main Event, while another eight have the chance to book their place via a 16-team Wildcard round.
Apex Legends Global Series Championship
The inaugural Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS) Championship was a huge success last year, and the second edition promises to be even more spectacular.
There are separate levels of competition for professional and amateur gamers via the ALGS Pro League and Challenger Circuit in North America, EMEA, APAC South, APAC North and South America.
Apex Legends has also expanded beyond the PC for 2022, enabling Xbox and PlayStation players to participate to bring the community under the same competitive umbrella.
With a $5m prize pool on offer – five times larger than last year – the Apex Legends Global Series Championship will be well worth following.
League of Legends World Championship
The League of Legends World Championship returns for its 12th edition this autumn with tournaments in Mexico City, New York, Toronto and San Francisco.
This will be the first-ever multi-country edition of Riot Games’ annual competition and is the first to take place in North America since 2016.
The play-in portion of the event will be staged in Mexico City, followed by the group stage and quarter-finals in New York.
The semi-finals are scheduled to take place in Toronto, while the finals will be played at the Chase Centre in San Francisco.
The International 11
The International is the standout event of the year for DOTA 2 players, offering them the chance to claim a share of a massive prize pool.
More than $40 million was up for grabs in 2021 and many industry experts believe this year’s figure will comfortably surpass that total.
The tournament consisted of 18 teams last year – a dozen of which were based on the final results from the Dota Pro Circuit.
Six more qualified by winning regional play-offs in the North America, South America, Southeast Asia, China, Eastern Europe and Western Europe regions.
eSports will take the next step towards Olympic recognition when making its debut at the 2022 Asian Games in China during September.
The Olympic Council of Asia has confirmed eight games will be played for medals including FIFA, DOTA 2, League of Legends and Street Fighter V.
Asian Games versions of PUBG Mobile and Arena of Valor, Dream Three Kingdoms 2 and HearthStone complete the line-up.
In addition to the medal tournaments, VR Sports and Robot Masters will be played as demonstration events at the Asian Games.