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The world of esports is always evolving. From new games to new players, everything can change in a couple of years in this fast-growing market. What games generated the most revenue? Which one has the biggest viewership? Here is a look back to esports in 2020. League of Legends League of Legends has been consistently at the top of the best esports games for over 10 years now. On average, 240,000,000 viewers follow the main events and players of League of Legends on Twitch. In 2020, the game counts over 115 million active players, making League of Legends one of the most popular esports. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Counter-Strike is one of the most popular FPS in esports. The series began back in 1999, and the hype hasn’t decreased since. The latest opus, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, has been dominating the shooters since its release in 2012. In 2020, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is still a prominent game in esports, reaching over 1,000,000 concurrent players on Steam and often crossing that same number in awarded cash prizes. Dota 2 Dota 2 is a staple in the esports industry. Its major tournament, the International, breaks new cash prize records every year. In 2019, the prize pool reached over $34,000,000. The 2020 edition of the International had to be postponed, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This doesn’t stop Dota 2 from keeping its place as the most rewarding esports to play, with cash prizes reaching over $6,000,000 per player. Call of Duty Since its first version back in 2003, Call of Duty has become more realistic, and more competitive. The 2020 Call of Duty League Championships had a prize pool of $4,600,000 - including $1,600,000 for the winning team. The number of Call of Duty players is on a steady rise and the recent release of Call of Duty: Cold War will help the game expand to new players. Fortnite Fortnite is not the latest esports game anymore, as Valorant stole its place. This doesn’t prevent Fortnite to be one of the most popular esports, gathering over 105,000,000 viewers in October 2020. Its mobile version is also a hit, with over 31,000,000 downloads. Fortnite generates yearly revenue of roughly $300,000,000. Valorant A brand new video game makes its entrance in the esports world: Valorant. This FPS, developed by Riot Games (the company behind League of Legends), took the esports scene by surprise. Many players left their original game, especially Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, to perform on this new game. Riot Games published Valorant last June, yet the game already competes with the bigger names of this list. In less than six months, Valorant made a name for itself as an important esports, totaling over $2,100,000 in prize money.