E-sports year 2021 – the biggest events to look forward to

Last year was marked by planning difficulties as almost all tournaments had to change places, postpone the date or cancel the entire event. Several championships have been completely sonic postponed and few games have managed to name a world number one in 2020. The common denominator for the problems was of course the covid-19 pandemic.

Now, however, the organizers have had a long time for planning, and although it will be audience-free, most people plan for championships on site. Here are the biggest events to keep track of during the year.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The most popular and well-known game in Sweden in e-sports contexts is CS: GO. Exciting matches are always held here in various tournaments where the prize pool in the largest is between 700,000 up to two million dollars.

Players / teams to keep track of

CS: GO is the e-sport with the most Swedish top players and which also has all-Swedish teams. The biggest are Ninjas in Pajamas and Fnatic, both of which are among the top 20 teams in the world. Both teams have a great opportunity to advance to the biggest tournament of the year, where they would in that case be allowed to play at home.

ESL One Cologne

Played July 6-18.

CS GO Krimz
Photo: Photo: Bart Oerbekke / ESLFreddy “KRIMZ” Johansson plays for Fnatic.

One of the most prestigious tournaments of the year, which year after year manages to offer high-quality play. Last year, the tournament was affected by the restrictions around the pandemic and therefore had to be played online instead of at the classic arena Lanxess. This year, however, the plan is to play the matches on site.
Read more about ESL One here!

PGL Major Stockholm 2021

Played October 23 – November 7.

The first major since 2019 will be played on Swedish soil. It will be the first time since 2014, which was then played during Dreamhack Winter in Jönköping. This time, the biggest tournament of the year will be played in the Ericsson Globe. After last year’s tournaments have been postponed, this tournament will now have an extra large prize pool where the teams compete for two million dollars.
Read more about PGL Major here!

Blast Premier: Global Final 2021

Played December 14-19.

This will be the last major tournament before the end of the year. This tournament also hopes to be played on site.
Read more about Blast Premier here!

League of Legends

The biggest audience e-sport is back for another year of intense gaming. League of Legends is one of the few e-sports that actually held a world championship in 2020, where the different regions settled on the spot in China.

Players / teams to keep track of

LoL has several Swedish players in the highest league in Europe. The most famous is “Rekkles” who recently switched teams to G2 esports after a six-year career at Fnatic. In the team Rogue plays ” Larssen ‘,’ who this weekend took second place in this spring’s league game. Astralis, Excel and SK Gaming are three more teams that have Swedes in their lineup, which means that seven Swedes are represented at the highest elite level.

Summer Split 2021

Played June 4 – August 1.

This year’s second league game starts, as the name suggests, this summer. Here, the different regions will play a league game in each continent. The European league is called LEC. The teams that place best receive an invitation to the upcoming world championships.
Read more about Summer split here!

2021 World Championship

Played: Unknown.

2021 World Championship e-sports

This year’s championship will also be played in China this year. This is due to the pandemic, when last year’s audience was not given the opportunity to be in the arena. This tournament is usually the biggest e-sports event every year where the number of viewers usually breaks new records.

Dota 2

Until the biggest tournament of the year is held, several tournaments will be played in different parts of the world.

Players / teams to keep track of

The Dota 2 scene is, as always, well represented by Swedish players. In the organizations Alliance and Team Liquid, both teams have three Swedish players each and in the team Team Secret plays Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg who recently took fourth place in the last major.

Dota Pro Circuit 2021

Games (EU): 13 April – 19 May.

Dota 2 Pro Circuit

The tournament game DPC is a structure for finding out which teams can play in the world championship. The upcoming European tournament Dreamleague Season 15 is next in line for the region’s team to try to secure their places.
Read more about Pro Circuit here!

The International X

Played: August (prel).

Last year’s world championship, better known as The International, could not be played in 2020. The tournament would, to top it all, have been decided in festive forms at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. The Swedes, on the other hand, will have a second chance to see the largest prize pool, in e-sports activities, awarded. More than 40 million dollars will be at stake when the teams gather on Swedish soil.

Dreamhack

Played: Continuously.

Dreamhack is known as the world’s largest lan party, and offers competitions in several different e-sports. This year, too, it will not take place, however, the organization holds several tournaments online, together with ESL, to continue to give its supporters matches of the highest level.

Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbox Six Siege

2020 and the beginning of 2021 has been a good time for “R6” which has increased in number of players and live viewers on various streaming platforms.

Six Invitational 2021

Played: May 5th –

The plans for the unofficial world championship Six Invitaional 2021 were put on hold a few weeks ago. Now, however, new plans have been made and the tournament will be played in May with the same team that would have played at the original time. This year, the tournament will be played in Paris, France instead of its usual geographical location in Montreal, Canada.
Read more about Six Invitational here!

Rocket League

The popular car football game has until the last season made a major adjustment to the format, which is now played for a longer period with several smaller tournaments. Each minor tournament gives the team points to later qualify for the World Cup.

Players / teams to keep track of

The four-time world champion Turbopolsa is still one of the best players in the world, who together with his team Team Envy in North America will try to do everything to secure their fifth gold medal.

RLCS X

The European major is played May 15-16.
The North American major is played May 22-23.

Rocket League Championship

The collective name RLCS X is for the entire season that started with tournaments in the autumn of 2020. Now the final battle is approaching and only one Major, out of three, remains before it is time for the world championships.
Read more about RCLS X here!

RLCS X World Championship

Played: Unknown.

After last season’s world championship was canceled, it is not yet confirmed if / how this year will be carried out. However, both the players and the supporters long to see the different regions pitted against each other in a decision about which continent is best.