Esports have been gaining in popularity for years now. More people are playing,more people are watching, and more people are gambling on professional esports. There are a number of different metrics you can use to determine which esports are most popular and we will look at several of them. 

Most Popular Esport Based on Prize Pools

One method to judge the most popular esports is to look at the size of the combined prize pools for professional tournaments throughout the year. Admittedly, 2020 was a strange year and the pandemic definitely affected the amount of prize money available to professional players for many of the esports. That being said the most popular esports in the world based on 2020 prize money are as follows:

Jan 28, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA;The ELEAGUE MAJOR Semi Finals at the Fox Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Freeman/Turner Sports via USA TODAY Sports

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) saw the amount of money offered in tournaments drop this year but still managed to grab the top spot. The total amount of prize money up for grabs in 2020 was $14.75 million. The drop was mainly due to the