This article is sponsored by Acer’s Predator League Tornament.
2021’s Esports circuit is already in full swing. So far this year, Blizzconline 2021 hosted Hearthstone streamer matches, an Overwatch League exhibition and more, and other popular tournaments like North America’s Rocket League Season X and Valorants Champions tour have taken place.
With 9 or so months of 2021 left to get through, there are so many esports events to look forward to. Considering the industry and passion for them has never been stronger, there’s something to satiate the needs and interest of all fans.
To make putting together your streaming schedule easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best events on the horizon for the remainder of the year. There are still plenty more events to be announced throughout the year, but here’s a snapshot of what’s going on so far.
- 9 Mar – 18 Apr 2021 – Counter-Strike ESL Pro League 13. ($750,000 USD prize pool)
The huge Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 24-team global competition will span four weeks for Season 13, having started earlier this month. It’s bringing together the best teams from Asia, Europe, Oceania, North and South America and will have a $750,000 USD prize pool. It’s based in Europe and will include a Group Stage, with four single round-robin format groups.
- Mar 27 – Apr 4, 2021 – Dota 2 ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021 ($500,000 USD prize pool)
- March 29 – European Masters Spring 2021
- March 18 – April 25 – Siege European League 2021 – Stage 1
- April 12 – 18 – 2021 Blast Premier Spring Showdown – ($162,500 prize pool)
- April 6 – 11 – Acer’s Predator League
Acer’s Predator League will kick off in April, bringing together eleven teams from ten countries in the APAC region to compete in Playerunknown’s BattleGrounds. Local streaming will commence on the 8th, while the overall tournament starts on the 6th. The first prize will take home $50k and before this main event and Team Immunity will be representing Oceania in the APAC PUBG tournament.
You’ll be able to stream the event across Predator’s Facebook page (who’ll be running daily events and live streams), and there’s also a current sale on the Predator Helios 300 at Harvey Norman, to get you prepped for the event.
- April 30 – May 2 – Masters Tour 2021 Orgrimmar
- May 28 – 2021 FIFA eChampions League – ($280,000 prize pool)
The 2021 tournament kicked off in February as part of the EA Sports FIFA21 Global Series, and the final will take place on May 28. Eight teams are set to compete in the final, and the winner will receive the bulk of the prize money.
- 3 Jun – 1 Aug – LCS 2021 Summer
This is the second split of the ninth year of North America’s professional League of Legends league. There will be ten teams who each participate in a round-robin, and unlike previous years, records from Spring will be carried over.
- July 6-18 – ESL One Cologne 2021($US1 Million prize pool)
We’re also still awaiting on this year’s dates for the EVO Championship Series, the annual Mecca for fighting games. EVO has run in June, July and August in the past, and with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the United States it’s yet to be seen whether EVO will hold an in-person event at all in 2021.
- August 1 – 31 – The International 2021 ($40, 000, 000 prize pool)
The largest esports event of the year will be back this year after COVID complications saw the 2020 instalment cancelled. Hosted by DOTA 2 developer, Valve, the tournament will consist of 18 teams, and 2021’s predicted prize pool is set to be a huge $40 million.
- August 6 – 28 – LCS 2021 Championship
- October 23 – Nov 7 – 2021 Counter-Strike PGL Major – ($2,000,000 prize pool)
This year’s championship will take place in Sweden, and hosted by PGL. It will mark the sixteenth Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, and will see twenty-four teams qualify via regional major rankings.
- October 23-November 7 – PGL Major Stockholm 2021 ($US2 Million prize pool)
- November 23-28 – BLAST Premier: Fall Finals 2021
($US425,000 prize pool)Riot Games also typically holds the finals for its League of Legends World Championships across September to November, with the finals falling in early November, although dates for these are yet to be announced.
- December 14 – 19 – Counter-Strike Global Final 2021 ($1,000,000 prize pool)