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There’s no denying that 2017 was a huge year for eSports, but now that 2018 has arrived which games can we expect to enter the tournaments? Today, we thought we’d investigate the best up-and-coming games that could enter the world of eSports this year.
3. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
After six years, Capcom is finally delivering another crossover fighting game with none other than Marvel. If you’ve been following the world of fighting games, chances are you know Capcom unfortunately lost their license to use Marvel characters in 2012 around the time that The Avengers was released.
Fortunately, Disney managed to work out a suitable deal in September 2017 and now we can expect Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. These crossover games have always been popular due to the interesting combat systems as well as the way video game and comic book characters come together to create some crossover madness. Not only with players either, as this genre lends itself very well to the world of spectators.
Not only is the combat incredible to watch, but there are new factors such as eSports betting which will add to the excitement when you place online bets on your favourite characters. Who wouldn’t want to see Iron Man and Wolverine take on Mega Man and Ryu? Hopefully, MvC: Infinite will capture this and make its debut at the Capcom Pro Tour 2018 alongside Injustice 2 and Street Fight V. Fingers crossed!
2. Quake Champions
Back in the day, arena-based shooters were the ultimate competitive platforms but, for some reason, this gaming genre seems to have become less popular in the world of competitive gaming over the last few years. Thankfully, 2018 will be the year new arena shooters are released and remade.
We’re expecting LawBreakers and Unreal Tournament 4 to be extremely popular, but the remake that may eclipse both of those titles is Quake Champions. After all, there are thousands of gamers around the world with nostalgic ties to the Quake franchise.
The free-to-play model is already showing a lot of potential and has the backing of the entire Quake community. This newest release will be a first-person arena-style shooter with an incredibly fast pace as well as plenty of weapons and uniquely skilled characters to choose from. These factors will certainly lend the new game to the world of eSports, and we can’t wait for the ’00s era of gaming to be reborn in the tournaments.
Despite being Amazon Game Studios’ first attempt at a competitive multiplayer title, Breakaway is an extraordinary third-person fighter that would fit right into the current world of eSports. There are buildable structures, mythological heroes, plenty of different species and races to choose from and, of course, roles that would suit almost any gamer.
Arguably the best element of this new title though is the fast 4v4 combat, where one team must capture a relic and deliver it to a specific area in an enemy base. That’s right: an enemy base.
There are already quite a few team-based, MOBA-esque games on the eSports circuit, but Breakaway has built on these previous titles so well that we would not be surprised if it entered the fray and became the most exciting game to play and watch on the circuit.
There you have it, three games we bet will enter the world of eSports by the end of 2018. What do you think? Are there any games we’ve left out that have more potential than the ones we’ve mentioned? Let us know in the comments below.