League of Legends
Perhaps the most famous esport in the world, League of Legends (LoL) is one of two Massive Online Battle Arenas (MOBAs) dominating the esports industry. It’s been almost 11 years since LoL launched, and the grand total prize money awarded is a whopping $73.5m across over 2,400 events. South Korea is by far the most popular and successful market for LoL, with eight of the top 10 earners hailing from the nation. In fact, only one player in the top 25 — Luka “PerkZ” Perkovic — comes from a country other than South Korea or China, showing the popularity and dominance of the two Asian countries within LoL.
When it comes to active players, a report from last year states that there’s around eight million concurrent active players in League every day, so while that’s less than Fortnite (which is available on almost every platform under the sun), it’s by far the most popular PC game. If you’re interested in watching some League of Legends esports, head on over to the official League of Legends esports schedule. Alternatively, you can play ranked in-game to see how you stack up.