Esports in 2020: a Sherwa guide to Fortnite, League of Legends, Free Fire and Hearthstone
News in the gaming industry keeps coming and this is especially true for the competitive esports scene. Some tournaments have already started and many more are coming in the next few months.
This industry is dynamic, and doesn’t wait too long into the year to warm up its engines. But for esports fans, with so many modalities and competitions scheduled, it can be easy to get a little lost.
However, all it takes is some organizing to untangle this programming and Sherwa is here to help you with this! In this guide, we’ll bring you the main competitions happening in the next twelve months for games that will be available in the app at the launch of our Beta in the first half of this year: Fortnite, League of Legends, Free Fire and Hearthstone!
The most popular Battle Royale game today, despite having been released just over two years ago, Fortnite already has a strong competitive scenario. Last year, the Fortnite World Cup, organized by the game’s developer, Epic Games, gave one of the biggest prizes among esports and 2020 promises to be even bigger. The tournament is not yet officially confirmed, but in 2019, the World Cup, with its qualifying stages leading up to the final, took place in June and July.
Other competitions that also offered cash prizes, such as the Fortnite Champion Series, the Winter Royale and the Cash Cup tournaments, have already been completed for Chapter 2 of Season 1. We’re eagerly awaiting the next season, scheduled to start February 20, for more information on the next steps for the Fortnite competition.
League of Legends
Riot Games has always focused on placing LoL competitions on the same level as traditional sports. In 2017, about 58 million people watched the final of their world championship ― a larger audience than the 2017 NBA final! Each year, League of Legends fills stadiums with staunch fans in their tournaments, narrowing the gap between electronic and traditional sports.
Riot maintains local leagues such as the North America League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) in Los Angeles, the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) in Berlin, the League of Legends Pro League (LPL) in China, among others. Local competitions culminate in the World Championship, which this year will be played in Shanghai. The tournaments of the main local leagues started in January and will continue until April or May. The dates for the World Championship have not yet been confirmed, but we can expect them to be confirmed soon.
With over 350 million registered players and about 100 million active users, Free Fire has become a monster in the world esports scene. Its popularity can be explained by its simpler gameplay and by having a lighter mobile app than its competitors, which runs well on older smartphones.
The Free Fire’s Copa América took place in Mexico City on January 11 and the Brazilians from the LOUD team took the title. But the celebration should be brief, as the Free Fire World Series will be held in April in Jakarta, Indonesia.
This strategic card game from Blizzard delights players from all over the world with its addictive gameplay and quick matches (in addition to that delicious feeling of finding a legendary card in your packs!). Its official tournament was a hot topic last year, due to the ban on Blitzchung. The gamer was banned for expressing his support for the protesters in Hong Kong during a livestream after his victory.
Controversies aside, Blizzard has announced some changes for 2020, such as the partnership with Dreamhack and ESL, and a new crowdfunding model for its award ― along the lines of DOTA 2 International. In addition, they intend to expand their Masters Tour with qualifiers at events around the world, starting in Las Vegas, between June 14th and 16th. Blizzard should release more details about the HearthStone Grandmaster throughout the year, but it is already known that there will be one season in April and another one in August, each one lasting eight weeks. And that, of course, will culminate in a global final, the Hearthstone World Championship, scheduled for November during BlizzCon. Until then, you should set up an incredible deck and train a lot if you wish to have a chance in this super-disputed esport.
Esports and Sherwa
Here at Sherwa, we are working hard to prepare for the launch of the Beta version of our app, which should take place in the first half of the year. And if you watch the tournaments, dreaming of becoming a professional player and competing in some form of esports, Sherwa can help you make that dream a reality. With our app, you’ll be one click away from more experienced gamers who can help you improve your skills. Keep an eye on our social media and here on our website, because more info is coming soon!