The 2022 season of esports has just ended, and professional players are receiving well-deserved player breaks. However, with the player breaks ending, the esports circuit will resume, and esports fans will be able to watch top-tier esports matches again. Here are five tournaments you should look forward to in 2023!
League of Legends Worlds 2023
In 2022, League of Legends was crowned as the most popular esports game in terms of player base and viewership. Last year in 2022, Riot Games held the League of Legends Worlds 2022 tournament, breaking viewership records.
League of Legends fans watched 141 million hours throughout the event, which tops any other esport event in 2022. The intense Grand Finals between T1 and DRX managed to gather 5.1 million peak viewers, which is a record-breaking number!
Riot Games is looking to repeat the success of last year’s Worlds, and they have chosen to set the event’s location in South Korea. Setting the site in South Korea is fantastic, as League of Legends is heavily prevalent in the South Korean region. Though the venue is yet to be announced, we can expect tickets to sell out in minutes!
IEM Katowice 2023 And Betting On It
Dates: 10-12 February 2023
The first tournament you should look forward to is none other than a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive esports event.
IEM Katowice 2023, which will be held in Katowice, Poland, features a $500,000 prize pool and this tournament fits very well for the betting. Katowice is a fantastic location to hold an esports tournament because some of the most passionate fans reside in Poland. You can bet that all the top esports betting sites will have these matches for bettors to bet on! The event will be held in the Spodek Arena, which has a capacity of 11,000 people. You can expect to see a full house roaring throughout the entire event!
IEM Katowice features the best teams in the world, including FaZe Clan, Team Vitality, Natus Vincere, and reigning Major champions, Outsiders. This tournament is even more interesting because IEM Katowice 2023 is a part of the Intel Grand Slam. If FaZe Clan can successfully win, Intel will reward them with an extra $1,000,000 from Intel.
The International 2023
Dates: TBA (Late 2023)
The International is Dota 2’s annual celebration, where the top teams in the world compete for the largest prize pools in all of esports. The International is prestigiously known to be the esports tournament that distributes the highest prize pools. The International 10 had a prize pool of over $40,000,000, where the winners, Team Spirit, took home $3,000,000 per player!
Unfortunately, fans were disappointed that the prize pool of The International 2022 dropped to “only” $18,000,000. However, that sort of prize pool is seen in no other esports, so Dota 2 is still far from other esports titles regarding prize money.
Millions of esports fans tune in to watch The International matches due to the incredibly high stakes the participants are playing for, making it an excellent opportunity to bet on esports betting sites. Though the venue is yet to be announced, tickets for The International almost always sell out in a matter of minutes.
Valorant Champions 2023
Dates: TBA (Late 2023)
Valorant is within the top 5 most popular esports in 2022, so it’s normal for fans to have high hopes in 2023. Valorant will be holding its final tournament for the 2023 Valorant Champions Tour, which will be the Valorant Champions 2023 tournament.
For this year’s Valorant Champions tournament, the esports event is headed toward the United States. The previous iterations of Valorant Champions were held in Berlin and Instanbul, both in Europe. North American fans will finally be pleased to watch this massive event on their home soil.
The exact date for this event is still unknown but is expected to land in the later portion of 2023. What is assured is that only the best of the best will play in this tournament, making it the perfect tournament to bet on esports betting sites.
Fortnite Global Championship 2023
Dates: TBA (Late 2023)
The Fortnite World Cup in 2019 was a huge success, with the winner, Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf taking home $3 million in prize money himself. In 2023, Fortnite is looking to repeat the 2019 World Cup’s success by hosting the Fortnite Global Championship 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
One can’t simply qualify for the Fortnite Global Championship directly, as only the best players from each region can head to Copenhagen to play. Before the Global Championship, Fortnite will hold 3 Major tournaments, and the winners will be directly invited, and the remaining teams will have to battle it out in the Last Chance Major to punch their slots in for this event.
This event will feature the best Fortnite players worldwide and have them compete for a prize pool of $4 million. Unlike the World Cup, the Fortnite Global Championship will gather 75 Duo teams instead of the Solo format, making it more exciting and fun to place esports bets on.
These are the tournaments we think you must take note of in 2023. However, esports tournaments aren’t limited to these five, as there are dozens of other significant events to look forward to! 2022 was an incredibly successful year for esports, so every esports fan hopes that 2023 will deliver great matches!