Which country has the best esports gamers?
In less than two decades, competitive gaming has rapidly grown from being a fairly niche activity to becoming one of the most exciting entertainment trends in the world. The esports industry is estimated to be worth $1.65 billion by 2021, and with 100 million people playing esports like League of Legends alone in 2017, it’s clear that this is not just some passing fad.
Whilst there is little doubt that esports is a truly global phenomenon, there is still plenty of debate about which country manages to consistently produce the world’s best competitive gamers. So here’s a quick look at some of the nations who have given us some of the most legendary esports stars.
As South Korea is widely regarded as being the country that kickstarted the whole esports phenomenon, it’s little surprise to find that this nation has routinely given us many of the best competitive gaming stars.
Famous South Korean esports stars like Faker are a big reason as to why games like League of Legends have enjoyed such a high level of popularity. And other South Korean stars like Bang and Wolf have certainly pushed the case for this nation being home to the world’s best gamers.
But as China is home to an estimated 260 million people who regularly watch or play esports, then there’s a good chance that this nation could have many of the world’s top gamers. You only have to look at the sheer gaming prowess of the League of Legends star, Uzi, to realise that Chinese gamers are capable of pushing things forward.
Whilst the Chinese government was initially fairly opposed to competitive gaming, they recently made a remarkable about-turn, and have even established a dedicated esports town in Hangzhou to develop the next generation of competitive gaming talent.
Of course, the USA was never going to miss out on a chance to provide some of the best esports stars in the world. From celebrity Fortnite gamers like Ninja, to Sneaky’s incredible achievements as a League of Legends player, it’s clear that the USA has given us some spectacular gamers.
But as everyone knows that Dota 2 provides some of the biggest earnings, then it’s interesting to see just how many US gamers like UNiVeRsE, ppd and Fear have crept up the highest earnings list in recent times. All of which shows that the USA is truly an esports powerhouse.
But if you were going by career earnings alone, then you would have to include Germany in the shortlist of countries with the best esports players. Thanks to the epic Dota 2 talents of KuroKy we have seen the German esports scene going from strength to strength.
However, it’s not a one-man show in Germany of course. From FATA’s Dota 2 skills, to NinjaDimi’s Smite talents, as well as ShoWTimE’s abilities in StarCraft II, there’s plenty of evidence that Germany can provide the world with some truly exceptional competitive gaming stars.
As Sweden is home to the hugely influential DreamHack esports tournament, it’s little surprise that many of this nation’s gamers have made their presence felt with devastating effect. From the Dota 2 talents of s4 and ZAi, to the CSGO firepower of Olofmeister, f0rest and KRiMZ, there’s plenty to suggest that Sweden is seriously punching above its weight.
What’s impressive about Sweden’s gamers is their abilities to put in spectacular performances in a variety of different games. From Armada’s stunning efforts in Super Smash Bros, to Toxjqs’ skill at Quake 4, it’s easy to see why Sweden has quickly emerged as an esports superpower.
It might surprise many people to find Brazil in our shortlist for the best esports stars. But you have to remember that the legendary Brazilian gamer, Coldzera, has dominated the Counter Strike Global Offensive realm in recent years.
This first-person shooter has proven to be incredibly popular amongst Brazilian gamers with the likes of Fallen, fer and TACO all showing some exceptional skill. And with the likes of KinGRD and Tavo revealing themselves to be more than adequate at Dota 2, it seems as though Brazil can produce some serious gaming talent.
With legendary Russian esports teams like Virtus.pro still managing to provide plenty of formidable opposition, there will be little surprise that we had to include Russia in our shortlist of top competitive gaming nations.
Whether it’s the likes of Solo winning big in a Dota 2 tournament, or flamie providing a masterclass in Counter Strike Global Offensive, it’s clear that Russian esports stars are always worth keeping an eye on. Don’t forget that Russia tends to dominate titles like World of Tanks too with gamers like Inspirer, LeBwa and Nuclear proving to be devastating when playing this top esport.