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A Year in Review: eSports in 2015

2015 was a great year for the gaming industry and eSports as a whole.  During this year we got to play some of the most expected gaming titles, we saw prize pools reaching millions, and with them some of the coolest and most impressive game plays.

Here’s a summary of some of the most important events that happened on the eSports scene during 2015:

Dota 2 and The International 2015

During the month of August, thanks to a huge crowd funding campaign from its fans, Dota 2 broke records with the biggest prize pool on an eSports tournament reaching a whopping $18 million.

For six days 16 teams battled to get a piece of that cake, and after an impressive run with ups and downs (dropping to the loser bracket, and then working their way onto the finals) American team Evil Geniuses crushed team CDEC’s dream and got crowned champion, claiming $6.6 million.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

It was an impressive year for CS:GO. For some teams it was their chance to be crowned champions again, and for others it was the beginning of their success and rise to eSports fame.

On one hand we have Fnatic, winners of ESL One Katowice, ESL One Cologne, FACEIT 2015, and many other titles. On the other hand we saw a team like Luminosity, who went to Dreamhack Winter as the underdogs and worked their way through the losers bracket onto the finals by defeating important and favorite teams such as EnVyUs, NiP and Team SoloMid. Unfortunately their dreams were crushed to the veterans from Fnatic.

As for OPSkins you might ask, we started sponsoring major events right away, including two really cool tournaments: ESWC (Electronic Sports  World Cup 2015) the tournament that took place in Montreal  and had NAVI beating C9 for the first place, and “ CS:GO Championship” where we saw CLG claim the first prize against Luminosity.

Photo Credit: Navi
Photo Credit: Navi

Fighting Games

It was probably the biggest year so far for the fighting games. 2015 was a year of new titles and games such as Super Smash Bros for Wii U and Mortal Kombat X began their first year of competition.

As for the competition side of things, we finally saw bigger sponsors taking part on the not so famous fighting games, and Nintendo sponsored for the first time an official Super Smash Bros tournament which ended up being won by Evil Geniuses’s Kevin “PPMD” Nanney.

As for the famous EVO Championship Series, the scene broke their viewership records during the Street Fighter finals, with more than 250,000 viewers on Twitch.

League of Legends

The League of Legends World Championship title went to SK Telecom T1, who managed to get a second title in a row by beating KOO Tigers 3 to 1.

The focus of the games was on two of the top players in the world MaRin and Smeb, and ended up on game 4 with a dominant SK T1.

2015 was a year that brought gaming fans together and we got to experience the evolution of the gaming industry as eSports is starting to be taken more seriously by the masses (some people see this as a curse, others as an achievement). If 2015 is any indicator of the way eSports is evolving, we can’t wait for 2016 to begin bringing us some of the biggest tournaments in gaming history.



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