List of esports leagues and tournaments

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The following is a list of recurring esports tournaments in alphabetical order, split between active and defunct tournaments.

Active[edit]

Name Description Location / Regions participating Years active
Arena of Valor World Cup The top competition for Arena of Valor. Teams based on regions to compete for the strongest region in AoV.  Hong Kong/ Macau/ Taiwan (2018–present)

 United States and  Canada (2018–2019)

 Europe (2018)

 Thailand (2018–Present)

 Vietnam (2018–present)

 Malaysia/ Singapore/ Philippines (2018–2019)

 Indonesia (2018–present)

 South America (2018)

 South Korea (2018–present)

 China (2018–present)

 Japan (2019–present)

 Brazil (2021–present)

2018–present
Arena of Valor International Championship The top competition for Arena of Valor. Teams compete for the strongest team in AoV.  Hong Kong/ Macau/ Taiwan (2017–present)

 United States and  Canada (2018)

 Europe (2018–2019)

 Thailand (2017–Present)

 Vietnam (2017–present)

 Malaysia/ Singapore/ Philippines (2018–2019)

 Indonesia (2017–present)

 South America (2018)

 South Korea (2017–present)

 China (2018–present)

 India (2018)

 Japan (2019)

2017–present
Amazon University Esports European collegiate esports partnership sponsored by tech company Amazon, with member organisations in Spain, the United Kingdom and Italy. Main games include League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, and Clash Royale.[1]

 Spain

 United Kingdom

 Italy

2020–present
Battle.net World Championship Series (BlizzCon) StarCraft II (SC2), World of Warcraft (WoW), Overwatch and Hearthstone world championship series run by Blizzard Entertainment Worldwide
Call of Duty League A Call of Duty franchised based league that is slated to begin in January 2020 replacing the Call of Duty World League. It is played on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for PlayStation 4 Worldwide 2020–present
Capcom Cup Street Fighter tournament sponsored by Capcom  United States 2013–present
Ultimate Battle All India Open Esports League, including games like CS:GO, DOTA 2, FIFA and many others.  India 2017–present
COBX Masters Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition held across several cities in India.[2]  India 2018–present
Code Wars Inter-school technology event organized by Code Warriors, includes gaming event which features many games including FIFA.  India 1997–present
CompeteLeague An amateur esports leagues circuit and broadcast provider since January 2016. Currently operates the largest amateur League of Legends circuit on European and North American servers  Canada,  Europe,  Mexico,  United States and other North American countries 2016–present
Cybergamer The premier esports leagues for the Oceania region.  Australia,  New Zealand and other Oceanic countries 2007–present
Dew Arena Dota 2 and CS:GO competition with the main event at Gurugram. The prize pool for the 2017 edition was ₹20,00,000.[2]  India 2016–present
Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour The Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour is a global tournament series for the smash-hit fighting game by Bandai Namco Entertainment, Inc. Worldwide 2018–present
DreamHack The world's largest computer festival, the event includes major esports competitions.  Sweden,  Canada 1994–present
eGames Tournament between countries. Worldwide 2016–present
Electronic Sports League Worldwide 2000–present
Electronic Sports World Cup Worldwide 2003–present
ESL India Premiership First Indian esports event with pool of $7000 took place in Mumbai, India  India 2015–present
European Gaming League A competition that focuses on the United Kingdom and Europe  United Kingdom 2007–present
Evolution Championship Series The largest fighting games competition in the United States, the tournament is very important for competition in the genre.  United States 1996–present
Apex Legends Global Series A competition for the battle royale Apex Legends with a prize pool of US$3 million. It starts with the online tournaments, then goes to the premier tournaments, and ends with the major tournaments. Worldwide 2020– present
eXTREMESLAND Asian Tournament for CS:GO players. The final event is held in China.  Australia,  China,  India,  Indonesia,  Japan,  Malaysia,  Mongolia,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  Singapore  South Korea,  Taiwan,  Thailand,  Turkey,  Vietnam along with qualifying Oceanic and Middle Eastern countries 2016–present
Exun Inter-school technology event organized by Exun Clan; considered most prestigious Indian school tournament after Code Wars. Gaming event includes FIFA.  India 1992–present
FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) An annual video gaming competition officially organized by FIFA and its presenting partner EA Sports. Worldwide 2004–present
Fortnite World Cup Fortnite tournament with a prize pool of $30,000,000[3] Worldwide 2019–present
GameBattles UK GameBattles UK is a British esports League with daily competitions for major console games played in the UK is famous for its high value cash tournaments  Great Britain 2017–present
GamingMonk Championship Series A tournament for FIFA and other esports games based in Mumbai, India.[4][5]  India 2017–Present
Garena World (previously Garena Star League) A tournament for all games in Garena esports, base in Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand  ASEAN 2013–present
Global Starcraft II League Originally holding exclusive rights to broadcast Starcraft II in South Korea, the tournament has remained central to the Starcraft II competitions.  South Korea 2010–present
Halo Championship Series 343 industries own esports league for the Halo series. The prize pool for the 2016 series is currently 2 million. Worldwide 2014–present
Hero Pro League Organised by Hero Entertainment and a flagship tournament for Crisis Action and King of Warship. Played mostly in China and South-East Asia. Worldwide 2019
High School Esports League The High School Esports League (HSEL) is a league of over 3,100 schools and 100,000 students. HSEL holds seasonal tournaments for high school students. Founded in 2012, they are the first and largest high school league. They offer competition in games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Minecraft, Overwatch, Rainbow 6: Siege, and Rocket League, as well as many more.  United States and  Canada 2012—Present
IMBA esports IMBA esports is an upcoming Australian esports League, designed to foster talent and grow the esports community in Australia. Currently, the site contains a survey to gather responses so that the site can be best designed for the demands of the community.  Australia 2017–present
Intel Extreme Masters Organized by Turtle Entertainment, which also runs the Electronic Sports League, the Intel Extreme Masters was created to expand beyond the ESL's mostly European focus. Worldwide 2007–present
International Esports Federation IeSF runs the only World Championships for official national teams.[6] Worldwide 2009–present
King Pro League Tournament for Arena of Valor based in Shanghai, China.[7]  China 2017–present
KO Fight Nights This is an esports competition for the game title Streetfighter V with the finals held in New Delhi.[2]  India 2018–present
Konami Arcade Championship An annual esports competition involved active Konami (and its subdivision Bemani) arcade titles. The finals were held in Japan in a conference area or Japan Amusement Expo (since 2015).[8][9]  Japan (2011–present)

 Australia  Hong Kong  Macau  Malaysia  New Zealand  Philippines  Singapore  South Korea  Taiwan  Thailand (2012-2020, 2022–present)

 United States (2016-2020, 2022–present)

 Canada  Mexico (2017-2020, 2022–present)

2011–present
League of Legends Champions Korea The primary League of Legends competition in South Korea.  South Korea 2012 – present
League of Legends India Champions Cup An invitational tournament organized for the South Asian region.[10]  Bangladesh,  India,  Pakistan and  Sri Lanka 2018 – present
League of Legends Master Series These league was separated from the Garena Premier League.  Hong Kong,  Macau and  Taiwan 2015 – present
League of Legends Pro League The top level League of Legends competition in China.  China 2013 – present
League of Legends Rift Rivals Cross-regional game for League of Legends.[11]  Australia,  Brazil,  China,  Europe,  Hong Kong,  Japan,  Macau,  New Zealand,  South Korea,  Taiwan,  Turkey,  Vietnam,  United States and remaining North American nations 2017 – present
League of Legends World Championship Flagship annual tournament of League of Legends, recently recognized as the most played video game in the world. Considered one of the, if not the most watched esports event in the world with the 2016 League of Legends World Championship achieving 43 million unique viewers and 14.7 million peak concurrent viewership. The final prize pool for 2016 League of Legends World Championship, which included fan contributions via purchase of in-game items, was worth $6.7 million. Worldwide 2011 – present
LeagueGaming.com NHL EA Sports NHL 18 EASHL Competitive Free and Money League. For Xbox and PlayStation  Canada,  Mexico, United States and other North American countries 2003–Present
Liga Mexicana de Videojuegos The most relevant esports League in Mexico, the season 0 started on 2016 as a ranking cup. The pro tournaments began February 2017. The Master Cup has Halo and League of Legends as well as a Pro Cup which also includes FIFA, Pro Evolution Soccer, Street Fighter, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch. The prize pool for the first season was $1,000,000 MXN (US$50,000).  Mexico 2016–present
Major League Gaming Among the largest competitions in the United States, the MLG has held competitions across the country featuring a variety of games.  United States 2002–present
Military Gaming League The only US military and veteran exclusive esport league. Competitions are held online, and across bases.  United States 2018–present
Mind Sports South Africa MSSA is an affiliate of IeSF. MSSA is the controlling authority for all esports in South Africa as per the Sport and Recreation Act.[12] MSSA runs all official events in South Africa from School to National Championship level. Through MSSA gamers can achieve Protea Colours and bursaries to attend university.  South Africa 1999–present
MLBB Professional League (MPL) MPL is the national esports tournament for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang[13][14][15][16]  Indonesia,  Philippines,  Malaysia,  Singapore,  Myanmar 2017–present
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup MSC is an annual esports tournament for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang in Southeast Asia[17] Southeast Asia 2017–present
NAAGL North American Amateur Gaming League  United States 2020–present
NGWT Neo Geo World Tour - officially supported by SNK, the global esports tour features games from the The King of Fighters series, and a high score attack challenge from the Metal Slug series. Season 1 in 2018 covered 13 global stops, including a grand finals event in Hong Kong. In 2019's season 2, the event grew to 32 global stops, including the grand finals event in Taipei. Worldwide 2018–present
NGL Summer Tournament This is a Bangladeshi esports tournament organized by the National Gaming League for League of Legends.  Bangladesh 2018–present
NGS Championship (previously Indian esports Championship) One of the most prestigious gaming events in India, the NSG Championship features Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Paladins, Rocket League, and FIFA.[2]  India 2016–present
NitroLeague One of the largest Rocket League leagues for the "DACH"-region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).  Germany,  Austria,   Switzerland 2018–present
North East Championship This is a month long-tournament with game titles including Clash Royale, Dota 2 and FIFA. The aim of the tournament is to promote esports in the Northeastern region of India which has been underrepresented in the Indian esports space.[2]  India 2018–present
Overwatch League Premier professional esports league for Overwatch. Competition and team structure mimics North American sports league with city-based teams and regular season play.  United States,  China,  Canada,  South Korea,  United Kingdom,  France 2017–present
Premier Gaming League Premier Gaming League (PGL) is an online esports buy-in tournament hosting site. Buy-in tournaments with the winner taking all. Prizes range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Mostly hosts Fortnite and Call of Duty tournaments.  United States 2018–present
Pharaoh's Conclave Pharaoh's Conclave (PCX) is the connector of the esports industry, helping the community identify entry points into and navigate pathways through the esports industry to move from amateur to professional (i.e., "pub to pro"). PCX hosts tournaments that feature an Olympic medley-style of play, where teams compete across a number of different games and the winner is the team with the highest score overall.  United States 2017–present
Play It Forward eSports Tournament The Play It Forward eSports Tournament is a live-streamed event where the worlds of eSports, professional athletes, online gamers, philanthropy, and cancer-fighting technology are coming together for a unique experience to raise hospital funds and help find a cure for cancer through gaming.

Traditional professional athletes such as Michael Irvin will join eSports athletes to play video games along with children and family members who have had or are having medical treatment at Children's Health in Dallas, Texas. First tournament stream for the Play It Forward eSports Event is on May 18, 2019. Watch Live on Twitch. playitforwardesports.com

 United States 2019–present
PlayVS PlayVS launched in 2018 as a high school esports platform and has since expanded to college and youth leagues as well. PlayVS is partnered with the National Federation of State High School Associations[18] and is recognized as the official varsity league for high school esports. Current title offerings across high school, youth leagues and college include League of Legends, Rocket League, SMITE, Fortnite, Overwatch, FIFA and Madden.  United States,  Canada 2018–present
PUBG Mobile India Series A tournament for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in India with a prize pool of ₹1,00,00,000. It is believed to be the second biggest eSports tournament held in India as of February 2019.[19][20]  India 2019–present
Rocket League Championship Series Official Rocket League tournament run by the game's developer Worldwide 2016–present
SEA Tour (previously Garena Premier League) A League of Legends competition held in Southeast Asia  Indonesia,  Malaysia,  Philippines,  Singapore and  Thailand 2015–present
SMITE World Championship The flagship tournament for SMITE, a third-person MOBA developed by Hi-Rez Studios. The tournament (currently) involves 14 teams from 6 regions and US$1 million in prize money.  United States 2014–present
SparKing Tournaments Indie Game Publishing Company specializing in tournaments using competitive media from multiple platforms including several proprietary games such as Epsilon Breech and the Hybrid LCG Project Indigo: Warzone. Tournaments are held sporadically based upon demand and player availability in a given area.  United States 2014–present
Sri Lanka Cyber Games (SLCG) The flagship Esports and competitive video games festival in Sri Lanka. Hosted since 2008, the event organized by Gamer.LK brings participants from across Sri Lanka together as they battle it out across the most popular Esports titles in the country.[21][22]  Sri Lanka 2008–present
Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup The Taiwan Excellence Cup has been one of the most consistent esports tournaments in India and features the games Dota 2 and CS:GO.[2]  India 2013–present
Tekken World Tour The Tekken World Tour is an international tournament series for the iconic fighting franchise Tekken. The series sees Bandai Namco Entertainment, Inc. teaming up with Twitch to bring competitors from around the world together to fight for a World Champion. Worldwide 2017–present
The International The premier annually held Dota 2 tournament. Due to the popular prize pool crowdfunding system for it, it has continuously broken records for it, with the most recent one having a prize pool of over $34 million. Worldwide 2011–present
U Cypher Indian esports competition for Dota 2, CS:GO, Tekken and Real Cricket. The prize pool in the first edition was ₹51,00,000.[2]  India 2017–present
UGC Events The Ultimate Gaming Championship has specialized in running experiential events since 2006. Generally recognized for their Halo tournament offerings, the UGC has recently branched out into other top console titles including Gears of War and Super Smash Brothers. During a 6-month period in 2016, the UGC ran more events than any other organizer with prize pools totaling US$310,000.  United States 2006–present
UMG Gaming UMG Gaming has been holding gaming events mainly for the Call of Duty franchise since 2012, it has become a staple event for teams and events are considered major events where all professional teams compete.  United States 2012–present
Wargaming.net League Tournament flagships from World of Tanks. Worldwide 2013–present
World Cyber Games Founded in South Korea, the WCG was one of the largest esports tournaments in existence, and was held annually. Worldwide 2000–2013, 2019–present
Mobile Gamers League South African Mobile Gamers League hosts Events and Tournaments for South Africa Mobile Gamers Only, currently hosting PUBG Mobile tournaments. South Africa 2019–present
BRITISH GAMING LEAGUE An event that lasts 12 weeks from the start of September. Ran by ZB Clan and British Gaming Association United Kingdom 2019
Gamerji Esports Tournaments Organize the PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty tournaments in India and other esports games based in Ahmedabad, India.  India 2019–present
Pixlona Esports Tournaments Organizes PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty tournaments in India and other esports games based in Noida, India.  India 2019–present
Skyesports GrandSlam Organizes Skyesports GrandSlam is an online esports tournament for PUBG Mobile, Brawlstars, Clash of clans, Rainbow six siege which took place for a duration of 50 days May to June 2020.  India 2020
Skyesports Championship Organizes One of the Largest LAN Tournament in India, First Season took Place at Chennai in March 2019. PUBG Mobile World Cricket Championship.  India 2019–Present
Valorant Agni Series Valorant Agni Series is an open-for-all Valorant tournament in India, organized by NODWIN Gaming.[23]  India 2020
Free Fire India Championship (FFIC) January 2020. Free Fire India Championship(FFIC) January 2020 was a tournament organized by Garena. It was Garena's First FreeFire Esport tournament in India, but the Finals were fortified due to COVID-19.[citation needed]  India 2020
Skyesports League 2020 Skyesports League 2020 One of the largest tournament in South Asia, AMD Ryzen 5000 series presents Skyeports League will be based on city vs city model, will be set to feature Cities are Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Punjab, Delhi, Kolkata and Rajasthan.  India 2020
PUBG MobilePakistan Challenge 2020 PUBG Mobile Pakistan Challenge 2020 was Pakistan's largest PUBG mobile tournament hosted by Tencent Games. It was hosted in November 2020 and boasted a massive prize pool of PKR 1 Crores.[citation needed]  Pakistan 2020
PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2020 PUBG Mobile Global Championship was the final major event of PUBG Mobile Esports For the year 2020. 24 of the best teams from around the world were invited or qualified for the event. It was hosted in Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai and boasted a massive prizepool of $1,200,000 USD making it the largest PUBGm Esport Event.[citation needed] Worldwide 2020
PUBG MobileCampus Championship 2021 PUBG Mobile Campus Championship(PMCC) 2021 is a Esport tournament by Tencent. It will be the first tournament organised by PUBG for the college/university students in Pakistan and Bangladesh. It has a massive prizepool of PKR 90 Lakhs for Pakistan Region and BDT 48 Lakhs for Bangladesh Region.[24] South Asia 2021
Free Fire World Series 2021 (Singapore) Free Fire World Series 2021 (Singapore) is one of the biggest Free Fire Esports tournament at the global level organized by Garena in Singapore.[25] This tournament has a massive prize pool of 2 million USD.[25] The qualified 2 teams from India is out of Free Fire World Series 2021 due to COVID-19.[26] Worldwide 2021
AMD Skyesports League 2021 Skyesports League 2021, Season 2. India’s first city vs city esports league.

Champions : Rajasthan Strikers. Total Viewership: 10 Million. Game : Valorant Prize pool : 15,00,000 [27]

India 2021

Defunct[edit]

Name Description Location Years active
Apex Super Smash Bros. tournament with side events for Pokémon, fighting games, etc.  United States 2009–2016
ClanBase Online & Offline event, known for its ladders and cups. With the EuroCup being the most prominent Europe 1998–2013
Cyberathlete Professional League Originally running events in the United States, the CPL has been shut down and then reinstated as a competition in Shenyang, China. China China 1997–2008
GameArena Original esports competition leader for Oceania before supplanted by Cybergamer in 2007. Oceania 2002–2014
Tenkaichi Otogesai (天下一音ゲ祭) A four-way collaboration arcade tournament between Bandai Namco, Konami, Sega and Taito, and organised by Japan Amusement Industry Association (JAIA) (previously Amusement Machine Operators' Union (AOU)) involving crossover songs from respective titles playable (and used for competition phases) to participating arcades. The finals are held in Japan Amusement Expo on the competition's succeeding year.[1] Japan 2014-2019
Pro Gaming League Modeled after the Major League Gaming tournament, the league shut down after a few years due to lack of popularity. Canada Canada 2007–2009
Professional Gamers League The PGL was early professional gamers league based in the United States formed in Nov 1997.[28][29] The first world finals were hosted in Seattle in Jan 1998.[30] Though short lived, they held one of the earliest professional Starcraft tournaments in Nov 1998.[31] United States United States 1997–1998
Tougeki – Super Battle Opera Based in Japan, the competition is among the most important fighting game tournaments. Japan Japan 2003–2012
World e-Sports Masters Originally known as the World e-Sports games and based in Seoul, the competition has since moved to China and been renamed the World e-Sports Masters. China China 2005–2010
World Series of Video Games The tournament held events around the world featuring a variety of games until its cancellation. Worldwide 2006–2007

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