Esports saw another noteworthy jump in viewership and revenue in 2022, and things aren’t expected to slow down heading into 2023. With the popularity of Esports on the rise, the number of competitions and their prize pools have grown considerably as well.
After over $100 million in prize money was awarded in 2022 through professional esports competitions, esports athletes will return to competition in search of victory. With a number of significant competitions impending, let’s take a look at some of the notable upcoming esports competitions.
2023 Lima Major
Not only is it their first major of the year, but it is the first Dota Pro Circuit major ever held in South America. Taking Place in Lima, Peru, the Lima Major is quickly impending, as the play begins on Wednesday, February 2.
The Lima Major will draw the best Dota 2 teams from around the globe as they return to action for the first time in 2023. The major is set to conclude on Sunday, March 5, and has a player pool of $500,000. This tournament is definitely one that you don’t want to miss.
2023 BLAST.tv Paris Major
Arguably the most awaited upon Control Strike: Global Offensive competition of 2023, the BLAST.tv Paris Major is sure to bring exciting play. Being held in Paris, France, the major will begin play on May 8 and will conclude on May 15.
The Paris Major is on the CS: GO global circuit and will attract the best players in the world. The competition’s prize pool is a whopping $1.25 million and will grab the attention of the CS: GO and Esports worlds alike.
2022-2023 Rocket League Championship Series – World Championship
Currently, with the largest prize pool of an Esports competition, the 2022-2023 Rocket League Championship Series – World Championship is sure to bring thrilling play. The championship’s player pool is a whopping $2.1 million and attract the best Rocket League teams and players around the world.
The competition will be hosted offline by Psyonix, a video game development company based in San Diego, California. The competition will take place on August 4 and will consist of a wildcard round, a group stage, and playoffs. Professional Rocket League athletes will compete from around the world for not only a chance at the title but for a large piece of the prize pool.
2023 Intel Extreme Masters Cologne
This exclusive invite-only competition, organized by the ESL, will see the twenty-four best CS: GO teams in the world face off head-to-head for a shot at the grand prize of $400,000 and an automatic invitation to the 2024 Intel Extreme Masters. The competition will take place in Cologne, Germany, from July 25 to August 8.
The top twenty-four teams in the world will be invited and will compete for the trophy split across four regional divisions: Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania. The competition will consist of a group stage and a playoff tournament. In addition to the $400,000 grand prize, the Intel Extreme Masters also has a $1,000,000 prize pool.
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