Apex was an annual esports tournament held in New Jersey that focused on fighting games, specifically Super Smash Bros. The event’s first incarnation was in 2009 with Jesus “Jman” Fernandez as the champion of Super Smash Bros. Melee and Elliot “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce as champion of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Each year the event grew with more competitors entering. Apex 2014 garnered 629 entrants and was the 2nd largest tournament for Melee at the time after EVO 2013. Though the tournament initially focused on Brawl, the feature game has since switched to Melee due to its popularity. In 2010, an event for Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64 was added. In 2014, the fan modificationof Brawl, Project M was added for singles only. Project M has recently been removed as an official event out copyright concerns under Nintendo of America sponsorship and Third Party relations. Visit http://www.apex-series.com
The Call of Duty World League is a series of Call of Duty eSports tournaments that began in January 2016. Currently tournaments are played on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for PlayStation 4. A total of $6 million USD of prize money will be given out for the 2019 season.
Official Website: callofduty.com/esports
Capcom Cup is an annual fighting game tournament specifically focused on the Street Fighter series. The event’s first incarnation was in 2013 which featured Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition version 2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Street Fighter X Tekken version 2013 as the three main games each with 8 qualifiers. In 2014, Capcom Cup was an Ultra Street Fighter IV exclusive tournament with 16 qualifiers. The 2015 Capcom Cup was doubled to a 32-man format. The series of qualifying events for the tournament are known as the Capcom Pro Tour and include many of the largest, most prestigious pre-existing fighting game tournaments such as Evolution Championship Series and DreamHack.
Official Website: capcomcup.com
DreamHack is a Swedish production company specializing in eSports tournaments and other gaming conventions. It is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records and Twin Galaxies as being the world’s largest LAN party and computer festival with the world’s fastest Internet connection, and the most generated traffic. The Internet connection record was beaten in 2012 by the second largest computer festival in the world, The Gathering in Norway. Since 2015, it is part of digital entertainment company Modern Times Group.It usually holds its events in Western Europe and North America.
Official Website: dreamhack.com
ESL, formerly known as Electronic Sports League, is an esports organizer and production company that produces video game competitions worldwide.ESL is the world’s largest esports company, and the oldest that is still operational.Based in Cologne, Germany, ESL has eleven offices and multiple international TV studios globally. ESL is the largest esports company to broadcast on Twitch.tv.
Official Website: www.eslgaming.com/
The Evolution Championship Series, commonly known as Evo, is an annual esports event that focuses exclusively on fighting games. The tournaments are completely open and use the double elimination format. As with Super Battle Opera, contestants travel from all over the world to participate, most notably from Japan. The first Evolution was originally held as a Super Street Fighter II Turbo and Street Fighter Alpha 2 tournament called the Battle by the Bay. It changed its name to Evo in 2002. Every successive tournament has seen an increase of attendees. It has been held at various venues across the Las Vegas Valley since 2005.
Official Website: evo.shoryuken.com
The FIFA eWorld Cup, formerly known as the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC), is an eSports tournament held by FIFA and its presenting partner EA Sports. Each tournament has players competing in games of the latest incarnation of the FIFA video game series. The open qualifying format allows millions to compete in the initial online stages, which has resulted in the FIWC being recognized as the largest online eSports game by Guinness World Records.
Official Website: fifa.com/fifaeworldcup