Esports is the world of online competitive video gaming, where players from all over the world compete at multiple esports events to showcase their talents at a particular esport title. Some of the most common esports titles are: Fortnite, League of Legends, Counter-Strike Global Offensive, Call of Duty, Overwatch, VALORANT, Rocket League, Rainbow 6 Siege and FIFA.
Esports Events Calendar 2021
Check out our esports events calendar for 2021! We thrive to keep our calendar updated so that you can have a clear understanding of what esports events are happening in 2021. If you click on the event, you will be redirected to the event information page, where you can find all useful information about the event, any betting tips, and the status on the teams attending.
Upcoming Esports Events in 2021
2021 has a lot to offer when it comes to esports events. Last year, with the pandemic, a lot of esports titles suffered dramatically due to the postponement and cancellation of events. This year, however, we will be seeing way more Esports events, maybe even some offline tournaments as well!
League of Legends Events 2021
LOL Regional Leagues
There are 4 main leagues in League of Legends. The LCS for North America, the LEC for Europe, the LPL for China, and the LCK for Korea. There are 2 leagues per year, the Spring Split, and the Summer Split. In these leagues, the top teams in each region compete against each other in a Round Robin format and end the league with a playoffs stage.
The Mid-Seasonal Invitational is an international event which consists of 13 teams that come out victorious in their regional spring split. It starts with a play-in group stage where the 1st placing team of both groups progresses through the knockout-Stage of the play-ins, a double-elimination playoffs. The next stage is the group stage of the main event, where 6 teams play each other in a double round-robin format. The top 4 teams qualify to the playoffs/knockout stage and verse each other in a best of 5 bracket. The winning team is considered as MSI Champion.
League Of Legends All-Star 2021
The All-Star event is an international tournament where the public votes for their favourite professional players from all regions. Teams are then formed from these voted players, and compete against each other in different tournaments and game modes.
League Of Legends Worlds Championship
The League Of Legends Worlds Championship is the most defining event of the year. This tournament consists of 22 of the best teams from all regions and starts with play-in rounds. In this stage of the event, 10 teams battle it out in a single-round robin to qualify for the second play-in round. In this stage, the 6 teams that qualify match up in a single-elimination bracket to qualify onto the group stage of the main event. In the group stage, the top 2 teams from each of the 4 groups progress toward the playoffs which are set in a best of 5 format. The winner is then crowned as World Champion, and forever remembered as one of the world’s best.
CS:GO Events 2021
CS:GO is different from most Esports, as it does not stick to a single league, but it is spread out between events hosted and organized by several tournament organisers. Here below are some of the initial events lined up for the 2021 season:
Blast Premier Series
First up for 2021 we have the Blast Premier: Global Final 2020. This event is set in a Double-Elimination bracket format and a total of $1,000,000 will be spread between 8 teams.
The BLAST Premier Series is split into 4 seasons. Furthermore, each season is split into three stages, that are; The Group Stage, The Showdown, as well as the finals stage. This year we’re already set for the BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2021.
Intel Extreme Masters
The next event lined up for 2021 is the Intel Extreme Masters XV. Starting with a Play-in stage, and then moving on to a group stage made of 16 teams. The top 3 teams from each group advance to the playoffs which are in a best of 3 format (Grand Final is a best of 5). A total of $1,000,000 will be distributed between 24 teams.
ESL Pro League
We then have the 13th Season of ESL Pro League which kicks off with a 4-single round-robin Group Stage. The winners of each group advance to the play-in, whereas 2nd & 3rd placing teams, progress to the Round of 12. In the play-in, teams verse each other in a single-elimination bracket where the winning teams advance to the Semifinals, and the losing teams head on to the quarterfinals. The next stage is the playoffs which are played in a single-elimination bracket. All matches are played in a best of 3 game type, whereas the Grand Finals is in a best of 5. $750,000 will be spread between all 24 teams.
CS:GO Majors 2021
Majors are the biggest events of the year. Usually, they are hosted twice annually and are organised by third-party partners and organisations. Unfortunately in 2020, no Major took place due to the pandemic, however, it was intended to take place in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, labelled as ESL One: Rio 2020. In 2021 though, we are getting new majors announced, such as DreamHack Masters and it’s younger brother DreamHack Open!
In Majors, teams are selected via their Regional Major Rankings (RMR) which is a point-based qualification system that dictates team invites. The first stage of the Major is the New Challengers Stage, which is a 16-team Swiss System Format. The top 8 teams advance forward to the New Legends Stage, another Swiss System Format. The top 8 teams then proceed to the New Champions Stage, a single-elimination playoff bracket set in a best of 3 format. The winners are then proclaimed as Major Champions.
Dota 2 Events 2021
Dota 2 Regional Leagues
The most common events that are played when it comes to top tier Dota 2 are the regional leagues. Some of the most popular leagues are the following: ESL One, DreamLeague, Dota Pro Circuit, and OGA. In these leagues, teams compete in a long league format which then credits the top placers with a spot in the linked playoffs event.
The International, commonly referred to as TI, is an annual event organised by Valve. The International is considered as the biggest and most prestigious event of the year for Dota 2. The event kicks off with a group stage made up of 18 teams that qualify through the Dota Pro Circuit or Regional Qualifiers. The next stage is the playoffs, which is a double-elimination bracket. The top 4 teams of both groups get placed in the Upper bracket, whereas the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th placing teams are put in the Lower Bracket. Teams climb through the bracket in a best of 3 format and the Grand Finals is a best of 5. The winner is titled “Champion of The International”.
VALORANT Events 2021
Challenger events are organized by Riot Games, but are hosted by third-party partners and organizations. These Challenger events can be described as qualifiers for the VALORANT Masters events. In these tournaments, teams qualify through open qualifiers or invited through previous events. The exact format is yet to be announced.
The VALORANT Masters events are the next step and the following tournament after the Challengers event. There are 3 Masters events per year and are one of the biggest regional events of the year. These events will take place in March, June and in September. The format is still undisclosed.
VALORANT Champions 2021
The VALORANT Champions tournament is the biggest tournament of the year. The best 16 teams from all over the world come together to compete for the title of the world’s best. Team slots are as follows:
- North America: 3 slots
- Europe MEA: 4 slots
- Brazil: 2 slots
- Korea: 2 slots
- Japan: 2 slots
- Southeast Asia: 2 slots
- Latin America: 1 slot
Rocket League Events 2021
RLCS Seasonal League
The 11th season of RLCS consists of leagues for the main 4 regions; Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America. In each of these leagues, teams compete in 2 stages of Swiss System formats. In the first stage, the top 8 teams of each group qualify to the second stage. In the next Swiss System, the top 16 teams of Group A and B are grouped and the top 8 teams progress to the playoffs stage. In the playoffs, Quarterfinals are set in a best of 5 format, whereas the Semifinals and Grand Finals are set to a best of 7. The winner is then declared RLCS Seasonal Champion.
RLCS Seasonal Major 2021
The RLCS Seasonal Major is the biggest event of the year. There are 2 Majors per year, as 2 RLCS seasons are played annually. Due to the pandemic, it was switched over to a regional-based event, where 16 teams battle it out in a Swiss System Format. The top 8 teams qualify to the playoffs, which is set to a Single Elimination bracket. The Quarterfinals are set in a best of 5 format, whereas the Semifinals and Grand Finals are set to a best of 7. The winning team is announced as Regional Champion.
Overwatch Events 2021
OWL 2021 Regular Season
The regular season of the Overwatch League features a 29-week long round-robin league. Teams battle it out to be part of the top 13 teams in North America or top 7 teams in Asia to reach their regional playoffs.
OWL 2021 Playoffs – Grand Finals
The top 2 teams of each group advance to the Playoff Grand Finals and play versus each other in a double-elimination bracket. The winner is crowned as Overwatch League Champion and takes home $1,500,000 in prize money.
Rainbow Six Events 2021
R6 Regional Leagues
There are 3 main regional league when it comes to Rainbow Six Esports, the NAL (North American League), the ECL (European League), and the APAC League (Asia-Pacific)
Rainbow Six: Siege North American League (NAL)
There are 3 stages in the North American League, Stage 1, Stage 2, and the Grand Finals. Stage 1 is played out in a double-elimination bracket for 2 groups, where the top 2 teams from each group advance to phase 2. Phase 2 will then define the final position of each team. The top 3 teams of the event are then invited to the Six Major, and the teams placing 4th-6th are invited to the Finals.
Stage 2 on the other hand is quite similar in terms of format, but the difference is that the top 4 teams at the event will advance to the Finals.
Rainbow Six: Siege European League (ECL)
The European League is quite simple and straightforward. It is formatted with a Playoff Single-elimination bracket where all matches, except the Grand Finals are played in a best of 3. The Winner of the league is prized with the title of champion of Europe and $50,000.
Rainbow Six: Siege Asia Pacific League (APAC)
The Asia-Pacific League is where things get a little bit complicated. Teams are split into the North and South Division, each having its own format.
There are two stages in the North Division. In Stage 1 and 2, teams are matched up and seeded randomly in a Swiss format. All matches are played in a best of 1 game type and are ranked via their Swiss score. The top 6 teams then proceed to the Six Major.
For the South Division, the top team with the most points at the end of the season advances to the Finals. And the top 2 teams of each stage advance to the playoffs.
The Six 2021 Invitational
The Six Invitational is the biggest tournament in Rainbow Six Esports as teams from all over the world are gathered in one big event. The top 16 teams in the Global Standings are invited to the Six Invitational, and 4 teams advance through their regional qualifiers.
Teams are split into 4 groups of 5 in a double round robin format. The top 2 teams of each group receive a higher spot in the playoff bracket, whereas the teams placing 3rd and 4th are put in the lower bracket. The winning team is then pronounced World Champion.
Call of Duty Events 2021
Call of Duty League
Commonly known as the CDL, the Call of Duty League 2021 is formed by 12 teams which compete in the Regular Season. The regular season consists of several tournaments hosted by each of the 12 teams. Points are then accumulated and the seeding for the playoffs is formed according to the points a team has earned throughout the regular season.
Call of Duty League Playoffs
For the playoffs, the 12 teams compete in a double-elimination bracket, whereas mentioned before, some teams get a higher seeding than others. The 1st/2nd placing teams receive a 2 round bye, and the 3rd/4th place teams receive a 1 round bye. The 5th-8th place teams start in the Winners Round 1, and the 9th-12th placing teams start in the Losers Round 1. All matches are played in a best of 5 format, and the Grand Final is played in a best of 9. The Upper bracket winner will have a one-point advantage.
FIFA Events 2021
FIFA 21 Global Series
The FIFA 21 Global Series is a place where the top FIFA players in the world prove why they are the best at what they do. For the 2021 season, the players are competing against each other in region-based tournaments for several months. The top players will then receive an invite to compete in the regional playoffs at the end of 2021.
FIFA eWorld Cup 2021
The FIFA eWorld Cup is the biggest FIFA tournament of the year, as it happens only once per year. Here, we see all the top players of the FIFA Global series battle it out against each other to see which one comes out on top when faced with the best players in the world. The winner receives the title of FIFA eWorld Champion, a huge cash reward and a trip to The Best FIFA Football Awards.
Different Types Of Esports Events
There are several types of Esports Events, for each and every single esport. The main types of Esports events are Leagues, Minors, Majors and Premier Events. The majority of tournaments are based in a League format where teams match up in a group stage and place highly to battle it out in a playoff bracket.
Minor Esports Events
The majority of Minor Esports events are qualification tournaments to bigger tournaments, like the Major Esports events. Most of these types of events feature an open qualifier where any team that is eligible can partake and qualify. Generally, these events don’t carry a huge prize pool, as they are a side-event and not the main event, such as the VALORANT Challengers for instance.
Major Esports Events
Major Esports events are considered as big events which happen more than once annually. These events carry a big prize pool, and most of the teams that participate in these tournaments qualify through the Minor Esports events. One example of a Major Esports event is Intel Extreme Masters or the Rainbow Six ECL.
Premier Esports Events
Premier Esports events are the biggest events of the year. This is because for most of these events, teams need to accumulate points from previous tournaments or leagues to qualify. Meaning that the teams that get to participate in these types of events are the best teams at that particular period. An example of a Major Esports event would be the League of Legends World Championship or The International.
Different Types of Esports Events Formats
Every Esports Event consists of a specific type of tournament format. The most popular formats are: Round Robin, Double Round Robin, Swiss, Single Elimination Bracket, Double Elimination Bracket.
Different Match Types
There are different match types for each event format. For example, in a Round Robin we are usually faced with a best of 1 match type since each team is playing against every single team in its group.
A best of 2 match type is not very common but it can be found in a double round-robin format, where teams have a second match against every single team in a round-robin format.
The best of 3 match types is the most common match type by far, as this allows teams to pick and ban accordingly (Depending on the esport) to fit their playstyle. We find this match type in most formats, especially bracket based formats.
Lastly, we have the best of 5 match type, which is generally used in the Grand Finals of an event.
When it comes to Group-based formats, Round Robin, Double Round Robin, and Swiss format have always been the most common. This is because it allows each team to play against all of their opponents in the same group. After a group stage is concluded, there are usually 1 or 2 top teams of each group which qualify to the playoffs.
The playoffs stage is commonly played out after a group stage (as mentioned above). It is usually made up of teams that qualify through the group stage or have been invited by the tournament organiser. This is not always the case, however, as sometimes, the playoffs format can be played in a form of a single or double elimination bracket.
The difference between a single and double elimination bracket is very simple. In the single-elimination, teams have only one shot at climbing through the bracket to reach the grand finals. However, in the double-elimination bracket, teams have a second opportunity at climbing the bracket through the losers bracket.