You have probably noticed in the last few years how much gaming has evolved and with it its online community and real-life events. It all started almost more than 40 years ago with one of the first competitions in the game Spacewar. Since then, with the release of hundreds of thousands of games, the e-sport scene has been progressing non-stop. One of the first moments when e-sports finally started spreading throughout the world was when Dota 2 started holding its International events. This event decided who is going to be the best Dota 2 team in the world. Because of Dota’s previous popularity as a mod for Warcraft III and the “old school” scene of players, Dota 2 managed to rack up incredible amounts of prize pool during their The International events or more known as just TI. To give you an idea of how big these E-sports events, TI9 of Dota 2 managed to reach a prize pool of almost 35 million dollars.
With the quick rise of popularity in gaming, a lot of other companies have started investing in their competition events such as League of Legends, Counter-Strike Global Offensive, other MOBA games, Strategy games and today even Battle Royale games such as Player Unknown Battlegrounds, Fortnite and many more.
With competitive events, there has been a lot of other types of events growing that are related to gaming. However, we simply cannot mention them as there are more than a thousand such events all around the globe. Although, we can tell you what are the biggest gaming events in 2019.
Here are some of the Top Gaming Events in 2019 that you should definitely consider visiting.
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This gaming event is held between August 20th and 24th and is expected to get almost half a million visitors this year, while last year’s number of exhibitors was more than a thousand. This shows you just how big this event is. If you are ever considering whether you should visit Gamescom, know that you will be able to see a lot of insider information about games in development from various developers or publishers and you can also test out any new rigs or VR headsets companies have to offer.
Dreamhack is the place where you can finally experience the old school LAN party vibe, however, this time with hundreds or even thousands of people. Dreamhack boasts that it holds the biggest ever hosted LAN Party in the world. While you are there, you can also witness live e-sports competitions too.
This is probably a publisher’s and developer’s favorite gaming event because they get to show off their new products, games, or major updates to a huge audience. At E3, be prepared to see the announcement of the biggest games this year.
GDC or Game Developer Convention
GDC was originally made for game developers all over the world to gather in one place. However, today, you can attend the convention and check out what all those hundreds of game designers, developers, or artists have to offer in their upcoming games.
PAX or Penny Arcade Expo was first started in 2004 to gather all the PC, console and tabletop enthusiasts all in one place. However, since then, the event has grown to a much larger scale and now gathers people of all kinds of different hobbies such as anime, gaming, cosplaying, and a lot more. Pax East is probably one of the biggest conventions on the east side of the US.
PAX South Is one of the biggest conventions in the south parts of the United States. It features many famous big developers and publishers that are ready to share their upcoming projects and games. A lot of famous YouTubers and Twitch streamers also visit this convention.
LoL World Championship
Together with Dota 2’s biggest competitive championship, League of Legend’s championship is also one of the biggest events that regularly gets the most viewers while being streamed on Twitch or Youtube. During this championship, hundreds of professional gamers are also watching and streaming this event and even more are also visiting it.
Counter-Strike Global Offensive Katowice
Just a few months ago, Counter-Strike is now finally free to play and because of that, its popularity has grown incredibly. While the number of players of CS:GO is continuously growing, the viewership and visitors of the events is also increasing every year. This year, the first place prize reached 1 million US dollars, and the viewership on the Twitch platform also sky-rocketed. It is also worth mentioning that Counter-Strike Global Offensive has more than 600,000 monthly active users, which is a lot more when compared to just a few months ago when it had only about 300,000 users. This clearly means that CS:GO is a great option to invest in.