First-person shooters have come a long way since the days of Wolfenstein 3D and the original Doom. Gaming franchises such as Call of Duty, Halo, Far Cry, and Medal of Honor have all helped the FPS genre become a mainstream fixture for both PC and console gamers.
As you would expect, the genre’s popularity has seen FPS games have a strong presence in the world of eSports. So which titles currently sit alongside eSports titans like League of Legends and Fortnite?
Using their overall prize money totals put together by eSports Earnings, here are the top FPS esports games of 2020.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive wasn’t only the biggest FPS of 2020 – it was the biggest game in general. With a massive prize pool that almost hit $16 million across 575 different tournaments, it was over $6 million ahead of the next game in the list, Arena of Valor.
These numbers are all the more remarkable when you take into account CS:GO’s age. This isn’t a new game after all, as it was released all the way back in 2012. Yet its balanced gameplay, competitiveness, skins, and well-designed nature have ensured it has a long-lasting appeal that’s showing no signs of slowing down.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Now an appearance by Call of Duty on this list isn’t a surprise, is it? The 2019 Modern Warfare is the title that makes it on the list, with this release quickly gaining traction in the eSports world. A $6.2 million prize pool, built up from just 35 tournaments, demonstrates how the game made a big impression in 2020.
Modern Warfare still delivers that authentic Call of Duty experience to keep long-term fans happy. Add in the excellent graphics and in-depth weapon customization options, and it’s easy to see why CoD is still riding high in the FPS rankings.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
First released in 2015, there’s no denying that Tom Clancy’s Rainbox Six siege delivers one of the very best multiplayer experiences – FPS or otherwise. While it started with a great base, this has only been built on over the years to ensure this tactical five-vs-five never went stale.
Across 40 eSports tournaments, Rainbow Six Siege racked in a respectable $5 million in prize money overall.
With its vibrant graphics and eclectic cast of characters, Overwatch was a unique multiplayer FPS option when it hit the scene in 2015. These differences, combined with intense and fun gameplay, have helped it carve out a large following.
For those who were looking for an Overwatch betting’ opportunity last year, the game had 11 major tournaments that racked up a respectable $4.36 million in prize money.
Call of Duty: Warzone
That’s right: another Call of Duty rounds off this list. The big difference with Warzone when compared to other CoD titles, however, is that it is completely free to play. This makes it easy for people to get their friends together for a quick game, while frequent updates mean players won’t be bored anytime soon.
In 2020, there were 106 Warzone tournaments with a total prize pool of $2.83 million.