The world of eSports is constantly reinventing itself, and while there are always a few established favourites, new games appear every now and then. Even within roughly similar genres, there can be different games with each their own degree of popularity and success, not to mention enough community support to have lucrative tournaments. Let’s look at some of todays most popular eSports games.

At the top of the list, there is one undisputed king: Dota 2. While League of Legends preceded it in the MOBA genre, Dota 2 simplified it into just one map and three lanes where two teams of 5 can duke it out. Both games are immensely popular and offer very high-value tournaments, but Dota 2 has surpassed LoL by quite a margin.

MOBAs wouldn’t be around without the RTS genre, which grew into the biggest eSports platforms in Asia due to the popularity of Blizzard’s StarCraft and WarCraft III. StarCraft II is without competition as the number one competitive real-time strategy game.

First person shooters, the original eSports games, are still around and just as popular as ever. The humble fragfests of Quake III Arena have evolved into tactical one-hit-kill team games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and recent arrival Rainbow Six: Siege, but another one like the Half-Life mod is responsible for an altogether different breed of FPS. Team Fortress introduced class-based team warfare, a concept which was further refined in Valve’s hilariously cartoony free-to-play sequel Team Fortress 2. But Blizzard has also added its voice to the genre with Overwatch, which enjoys great competitive success.

Magic: The Gathering, the original deck-building card game, was responsible for the birth of Blizzard’s Hearthstone, which is currently without competition in this genre, although CD Projekt Red’s Gwent is rapidly building a following on the back of the success of The Witcher III’s popularity in card games. The standalone game is free-to-play.