The Most Popular eSports Events of 2019
Intel Extreme Masters XIII – Katowice Major 2019 (Feb 14 – Mar 3, 2019)
Katowice Major 2019 is one of the major events in the professional CS:GO Pro Circuit. It’s going to be 2019’s first Major Event and the 14th Valve-backed event. With the prize pool fixed at $1 million, 24 teams will be in attendance, and the competition will be starting on February 14 and continue through March 3.
The esports event will be hosted by the Electronic Sports League (ESL) in collaboration with Intel and take place at the ESL Arena in Katowice, Poland. The Katowice Major 2019 is part of Intel Grand Slam festival.
The International 2019
The International 2019 (TI9) is the world’s crowning Dota 2 event. Hosted with the help of Valve, the event will gather a yet unspecified number of teams at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. TI9 marks the end of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit.
This is the first time the TI will be hosted in Asia. With the event commanding arguably the world’s largest prize pool, the award money is expected to break the previous edition’s record of $25,532,177.
Fans of League of Legends will have quite a bit to be happy about with the Worlds 2019 coming to Paris, France in 2019. The event marks the end of the competitive season. With most of the details still left out, the prizing money will certainly beat the $2.25 million from the 2018 edition.
With 24 teams attending, the competition will be a proper conclusion to the League of Legends season, which has been revamped to include new league-structured models in both Europe and North America.
FIFA eWorld Cup 2019
The FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 is a new competitive construct explored by EA Games. Similar to other competitions, EA wants to create qualifying events known as the EA Sports FIFA 19 Global Series that will grant players access to the crowning competition know as the eCup.
Qualifying events have been running since October, with one concluding on November 18 and another one coming up on December 18, 2018. Moving forward all competitions will be held on the 19th of the month until Jun, with the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 arriving in July and August.
The prize money for the 2018 edition were $400,000, but FIFA is planning to expand the prizing money for all 32 participants who will make it to the last stages of the competition.
Fortnite World Cup 2019
Announced in the summer of 2018, the Fortnite World Cup 2019 remains one of the most exciting and yet elusive tournaments. With the format still undecided, what is known is that the competitive season will feature $100 million in prizing money, some of which has already been allocated to different events including the Summer Skirmishes.
The format still remains unknown with Epic Games having said that they are experimenting with a more permanent solution for the game and its competitive scene. Even without additional information as of the time, the remainder of the $100 million remains a tempting prize.