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Top 5 esports Tournaments You Must Remember in 2022

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The esports industry has hit all of us hard with its bang on performance level. Although professional gaming is yet not an official sport across the world, it has huge hype among both gamers and non-gamers. These esports events and tournaments are on the rise throughout the province of Canada as well, and the best part is they are backing support from some of the best gambling operators. Bet365 Ontario for instance has listed various features backing esports tournaments coming on the front lately. Also, they assist in captivating thousands of spectators and make them grow in number with splendid performance visibility.

In the arena of competitive gaming, there are multiple esports events that are going around, the best one has been segregated for you and has been scrutinized by a respective group of people. The top 5 esports tournaments that you must keep in mind this year are listed below:

CS: GO – ES: Pro League Season 15

The event is scheduled for November 23, 2021, and will be ending on April 10, 2022. It is an online event with a prize pool calculative up to $850,000. This is the 15th season of Counter-Strike Global Offensive and the title itself created a huge hype among gamers. The game is scheduled for spring break this year and the most awaited moment is the winning championship team this year.

The tournament is widely open to the European teams and operates in a group stage with four round format groups. The winners then play followed by steps leading to the semi-finals and finals. The playoffs correspond to the semi-finals and the best of five proceeds to the grand finale. Whether you are a Canadian or not, if are fond of international gaming, do not miss Counter-Strike.

VCT Champions Series

The Valorant’s performative first season was held in 2021, it was a blast, and the champion team received prize money of $350,000. The current year watches Riot Games taking over the tournament formats with an announcement of VCT 2022.  The prize pool set this year for the winners is the same as the previous year, which is $350,000.

The event’s stage 1 Challengers has been scheduled for February, followed by the masters in April, Stage 2 Challengers in May/ June, and the final master and qualifier series to be conducted in the month of August and September. So, as gamers, you have 7 months to get entertained with one of the exciting tournaments on the catch.

Dota2 Pro Circuit

The current reports show that DOTA2 Pro Circuit is back on the stage again this year. Tree tournaments in the game have been scheduled till August, one of the leading and enthralling esports tournaments as waited by the gamers. The event has been divided into three categories starting from February 12 to February 27, the second stage from May 11 to May 17, and the third stage is planned from August 4 to August 14.

The international game will be an exciting visual, it will be entertaining to watch the best teams of DOTA2 performing around for qualifying for the battle. The major gaming sessions will be conducted by One esports and PGL. There is no exact prize money record found until now, it is yet to be decided. Also, the location is yet to be decided.

Rocket League World Championships

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Rocket League esports 2021-2022 World Championships season will be commencing from July 2022 and will be happening online. The championship is expected to have two stages for the very first time: the first one being the new World Championship Wildcard and the other one, the World Championship Main Event. The series has separate games in different seasons, in winter, spring, and fall, each of these seasonal competitions corresponds to some regional events ultimately leading to international majors.

Consequently, points that are gained from these regional and international majors have been used towards achieving the Rocket League World Championship. In case you are fond of competitive gaming but are not so much into esports, this league is the one for you.

League of Legends World Championship

The LoL World Championship is the League of Legends’ biggest tournament and is returning this year for the twelfth time, in Mexico City, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco. One can consider the tournament as the epitome of the LoL competition, in which 12 different teams from distinct regions will compete with each other for the ultimate World Champion title. A complete collection of 24 teams appearing from the Riot Games professional league is anticipated to participate in the Autumn series this year.

Conclusion

Take it in the field of competitive gaming or leisure gaming, esports has gained a massive fanbase over the recent years. Are you already hyped for the tournaments yet to arrive? However, there are numerous gaming opportunities in the market, among which you need to make a choice of which game or event you wish to get into. The article has listed the top 5 esports tournaments that cannot be missed in 2022.

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DreamHack Dallas Hosts Over $1M in Esports Competitions Across Marquee Titles

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ESL FACEIT Group (EFG), the leading esports and video game entertainment company, and DreamHack, a leading global gaming festival, have announced a full slate of esports programming for DreamHack Dallas, taking place the weekend of May 31-June 2, 2024, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

One of DreamHack’s longest-running North American gaming festivals, DreamHack Dallas features everything gaming under one roof. From the world-famous bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) LAN party, panels, and an expo, to art, cosplay, creator meet-and-greets, and much more, DreamHack Dallas offers attendees a great variety of activities for an unforgettable experience. Furthermore, the festival will host 13 unique esports competitions – including iconic titles like Counter-Strike 2, Overwatch, StarCraft® II, and more to come – with over $1 million in total prizing.

For the first time, several DreamHack Dallas esports events – including competitions in EA SPORTS FC™ 24, Tekken 8, Street Fighter 6, and more – will offer aspiring competitors the chance to qualify for this summer’s debut Esports World Cup. With new pipelines to a $60 million prize pool and a global audience in Riyadh, DreamHack is offering more opportunities than ever for grassroots talent to fight their way to the world stage.

Esports has been part of the fabric of DreamHack Dallas since the festival’s inception, and we’re excited once again to welcome tens of thousands of fans this summer to celebrate their favorite competitive titles,” said Shahin Zarrabi, Vice President, Festivals, ESL FACEIT Group. “From the 100th IEM event to the first-ever OWCS live event and qualifiers for Esports World Cup, DreamHack is celebrating every type of gamer, from world-class competitors to the next breakout stars.”

Dallas Hosts 16 Top Counter-Strike 2 Squads for 100th IEM Event

The birthplace of North American Counter-Strike esports will invite 16 of the world’s best teams to clash in Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) Dallas, the 100th IEM event. With an ESL Pro Tour (EPT) Masters trophy, $250,000 in prizing, and qualification to an EPT Championship up for grabs, fans will watch as hometown heroes challenge international hopefuls in the US’s biggest Counter-Strike event of the year.

Overwatch Luminaries Assemble for First-Ever International Live Event for OWCS

The first-ever in-person Major tournament of Blizzard Entertainment and EFG’s Overwatch Champions Series invites eight of our competitive region’s top teams for a three-day showcase of industry-class talent. Featuring a prize pool supported by crowdfunding, fans can watch the action unfold live – or at home with the official broadcast or partnered co-streams – as teams face off to be the first team to claim an international OWCS title and qualify to compete at Esports World Cup.

ESL Impact Returns to DreamHack Dallas with $123K Season Finale

ESL Impact, a global all-women Counter-Strike circuit, returns to DreamHack Dallas for the exciting conclusion of Season 5 of competition. Eight of the world’s best women’s Counter-Strike teams representing North America, Europe, South America, and Asia will face off to see who will claim the title and the lion’s share of the $123,000 prize pool.

ESL Pro Tour in StarCraft® II Makes Masters Stop at DreamHack Dallas

The EPT in StarCraft® II, the title’s premier global esports circuit, continues with the ESL SC2 Masters: Spring 2024 Finals at DreamHack Dallas. Not only will competitors battle for their share of the $100,000 prize pool, but the opportunity to qualify for StarCraft® II competition at this summer’s inaugural Esports World Cup.

EA SPORTS FC™ 24 at DreamHack Dallas Kicks off Esports World Cup Qualifications

Electronic Arts’ soccer title, EA SPORTS FC™ 24, comes to DreamHack Dallas for the first time this summer with a world-class tournament. With the top two players securing their spot at Esports World Cup this August, the competition offers up to 250 competitors their first opportunity to qualify for EWC, in addition to $100,000 USD in total prizing.

Fighting Games take Center Stage with New DreamHack Fighters, Esports World Cup Tournaments

DreamHack’s marquee fighting game hub, DreamHack Fighters, brings six open tournaments to Dallas, including a mix of modern mainstays and FGC classics. Open to all registered attendees, competitors can face off to claim a slice of the $16,000 total prize pool. Participating titles include:

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Singles ($5,000)
  • UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes (UNI 2) ($2,500)
  • Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising ($2,500)
  • Guilty Gear Strive ($2,500)
  • Mortal Kombat 1 ($2,500)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Doubles ($1,000)

For the first time, DreamHack will also host competitions in Tekken 8 and Street Fighter 6, which include the chance to qualify for Esports World Cup. Both tournaments offer $50,000 in prizing each, as well as pipelines to compete on some of the titles’ biggest stages in Riyadh this summer.

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Zenni Optical Announces Partnership with ESL FACEIT Group (EFG)

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Zenni Optical, the world’s leading online eyewear retailer, announced a partnership with ESL FACEIT Group (EFG), the leading esports and video game entertainment company. Designed to integrate eye health education with innovative eyewear solutions for the esports community, the partnership will officially launch at DreamHack festival in Dallas, taking place from May 31 to June 2.

This collaboration will showcase a co-branded collection of lifestyle and competitive eyewear and accessories, highlighting Zenni Optical’s commitment to promoting overall eye health, particularly in addressing issues like eye fatigue and strain. Additionally, the initiative will incorporate essential eye health education across various DreamHack Festivals, in alignment with EFG’s broader mission to foster inclusive gaming worlds and engaged, supported communities.

“DreamHack and ESL represent some of the most community-centric and prestigious competitive events in the world. In their own unique ways, they embody esports for everyone. By partnering with these incredible brands across the gaming and esports spaces, we aim to create engaging experiences that combine eye-health education with innovative eyewear solutions for players and fans at all levels,” said Robb Chiarini, Head of Gaming, Sports, & Events at Zenni Optical.

“We are thrilled to partner with Zenni Optical as the Official Eyewear Partner of DreamHack and ESL. The genuine passion that Zenni has for the esports industry is a refreshing sight to see, and a major driving factor for the decision behind our partnership. Zenni’s ongoing commitment to provide eyewear for everyone mirrors our own drive to create worlds beyond gameplay for gamers everywhere,” Craig Levine, Co-CEO at EFG, said.

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CREAM CITY CONVERGENCE ESPORTS TOURNAMENT SELECTED AS CAPCOM PRO TOUR EVENT

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Bucks Gaming’s Cream City Convergence Esports Tournament has been selected as a Capcom Pro Tour event, becoming one of just three tournaments in North America chosen to be a qualifier for the prestigious Capcom Cup.

The Capcom Cup is an annual Street Fighter 6 competition, hosted by video game developer and esports organizer Capcom, with a $1 million first place prize. Each year, Capcom selects a small number of tournaments worldwide to serve as Capcom Pro Tour events, with the winning players from each event qualifying for the Capcom Cup. As one of the tournaments selected by Capcom for the honor this year, Cream City Convergence will become the first esports event run by an NBA team to work with a major esports organizer.

Top-ranked Street Fighter 6 players will compete at Cream City Convergence when it returns for its second year on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Baird Center. In addition to Street Fighter 6, this year’s tournament will also have brackets for Tekken 8; Super Smash Bros Ultimate; Super Smash Bros Melee; and Guilty Gear: Strive.

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