Up For Debate - Which Game is Going to be the Next Big eSports Success?

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 11:00 AM

Everywhere you look publishers are desperately trying to find what they think is going to be the next big eSports game. The eSports successes rake in megabucks, yet they are the exception rather than the rule. Nailing down the formula is a tricky process, and you only need look at Evolve to see that some publishers have zero idea what they’re trying to do.

Barely a week goes by without the launch of a new eSports contender, yet eSports has never been something you can force. Either the community takes to a game over the long-term or they don’t, and shoving televised matches down their throat won’t help either way.

Creating an eSports success is unpredictable then, particularly considering the proliferation of current successes and their long-term appeal actively working against new games. eSports titles tend to have extremely high skill ceilings requiring thousands of hours to master. When players are dedicating this much time to a single game, they don’t tend to have much time to check out what Battleborn is all about. Breaking through this barrier takes a monster hit. The likes of Overwatch and Rocket League spring to mind, however Rainbow Six Siege is the outlier in that it achieved its success almost entirely through word of mouth after a tepid launch.

All of this makes predicting the next big hit a mighty hard task. Looking towards the future we have the likes of Tekken 7, Battalion 1944, Marvel v Capcom: Infinite, Splatoon 2 and Dawn of War 3 among others, all looking to be the next big eSports hit. Which game do you think is going to be next multiplayer smash hit? What is the recipe for success? Let us know!

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04:38 Feb-08-2017

Tekken 7 is already huge on the professional scene, as it's had multiple tournaments in across Asia already. The only reason it's not huge in the west yet is the lack of arcade machines. Once it hits home devices, I expect it to take off.

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04:49 Feb-08-2017

Specially now that's its coming to PC for the first time. It will give an opportunity to people who never had a console, to try it for the first time.

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03:45 Feb-08-2017

VR Thumb-Wrestling

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22:25 Feb-07-2017

only esports games that people actually care are League,Dota,Cs:go and Overwatch, the rest are non existence in terms of population

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19:56 Feb-09-2017

agree, what we are talking about those games that hasnt become esport/popular yet, but they have the potential

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20:11 Feb-11-2017

i mean is hard to create a game with "perfect" balance to become the next big esports and so far i dont think i've seen any game that has that "perfect" balance

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20:48 Feb-07-2017

Overwatch and Rocket League are UNIQUE, and maybe Brawlhalla and Rainbow Six will also be big title in terms of eSports. If you don't agree, then I dunno, maybe you were sleeping in the past few years and didn't look eSport. It's not like "any game that has a 2v2 or 3v3 can be eSport", it's bullcLap.


*Edit: and Battleborn and Atlas Reactor as well, they just need time and MAYBE some changes.

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20:14 Feb-07-2017

Brawlhalla. Has 5x more people this year than last year for the eSports scene that they have created... It's going very well! I'm excited for it!!!

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19:20 Feb-07-2017

esports. LMFAO im sorry i got a job

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04:39 Feb-08-2017

I have a job too but I'd quit in a heartbeat if I new Esports could give me a paycheck.

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15:49 Feb-08-2017

so you would turn an entertainment and a hobby into a job? It will take all of the enjoyment out of it.

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17:21 Feb-08-2017

You get paid to do what you love. Where'a the problem?

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20:12 Feb-07-2017

feminists and gender-equality freaks would totally disapprove xD

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06:27 Feb-08-2017

Australia disapproved, unable to buy or play the game here.
However a game about panties is allowed.
No, I don't know why, either. Oh well, Postal Redux was allowed.

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14:32 Feb-07-2017

Age of Empires IV ...oh wait there isn't any incoming, because you can't really play complex rts strategy games on consoles, so Microsoft isn't making such great games anymore :P

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14:21 Feb-07-2017

Well Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is coming to PC or already released, that and Tekken 7 might become an esport type of games, I know the weabs at my college love UMvC3, they make tournaments there every friday, I only one once; but everyone always bring these big ass arcade controllers

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14:12 Feb-07-2017

Tekken 7 or Injustice 2.

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12:51 Feb-07-2017

For Honor

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13:34 Feb-07-2017

i hope you're being sarcastic

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19:28 Feb-07-2017

No. And why to people disagree? The 1on1 duels and the 4v4 or 2v2 can have some tournaments on

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