Console eSport experiences a stage of the active development in the North American region. The tournaments for such games as Call of Duty and Halo are gathering large numbers of viewers and definitely look solid even in comparison with PC games competitions. This and a lot more will be discussed in details in the following article.
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So, all before-mentioned has given the consoles a foundation to develop and become more famous, but this type of eSports has actually been around for many years. For instance, Major League Gaming have regularly conducted Halo competitions since 2004. The tournaments like these traditionally gather huge number of young viewers, most of which are under the age of thirty-five. This fact obviously evokes the interest of potential sponsors and promoters. As a result, the consol eSport is developing at an increasing pace in those regions where consoles dominate over mobile and PC-games market.
Halo is a well-known series of sci-fi games that unfortunately hasn't achieved the popularity in former USSR region. Maybe, its problens are concerned with the late release of the Xbox Live service or overall unpopularity of gaming consoles there. Anyway, Halo is famous in many other countries, especially in North America. In summer 2015, Microsoft announced that this game has been purchased 65 mln times. In 2010, Halo universe took first place in Guinness World Records book as the “best gaming series of all times”. Call of Duty and The Legend of Zelda placed second and third, accordingly.
This game has had its tournaments for a while and actually they are conducted quite often. For instance, Halo World Championship has been аnnounced recently, and its prize pool is already bigger than 1 000 000 $. Josh Holmes, the executive producer of this game, has said: “Halo has always been synonymous with online competition and was an originator in console eSports. With Halo 5: Guardians we are fully embracing that legacy with the biggest investment in Xbox eSports history”. Despite the fact that Halo scores its highest ratings in the New World, Europe hosts its own tournaments as well. EGL Battle of Europe 2015 held on 22 February in London is a great example of this. Its overall prize pool has reached 10 000 $, which is of course a lot less than US figures, but seems very solid as well. By the way, such International organizations as Evil Geniuses, Epsilon eSports and Cloud9 have already completed Halo lineups that take part in competitions of this kind.
Call of Duty
Unlike Halo, Call of Duty universe needs no introductions since it is very famous among eSports fans. Starting from its very first part that has met the deserved success among gamers and critics, games from Call of Duty series have been widely distributed and breaken new sales records each time. Statistic says that Activision has sold more than 175 mln copies of Call of Duty in these last 10 years.
Battlefield is a well known first person shooter game series. Despite the fact that there were certain PC versions of this game, the participants of Battlefield tournaments mostly compete with consoles (Xbox and Playstation). The competitive scene of this game is far less exciting than the CoD one, but everything can still change in the future. After Battlefield 4 release, the developing studio has decided to turn the game into a full-fledged cyber discipline. “I see Battlefield 4 as a sport, something it hasn’t done before. So, making it a sport means working with big leagues, working with the community on it, working with players, see what they want. We’re bringing out spectator mode – very well sought after – the Domination game mode, and Defuse game mode. " In fact, the implementation of the game in eSports circles is the responsibility of ESL who have signed a partnership agreement with the game developers.
Battlefield developers often position their game as a real competitive eSports discipline without casual aspect. For instance, Battlefield Hardline released in 2015 featured two special modes — “rescue” and “hotwire”. Developers are sure that both modes fit perfectly into the eSports discipline. By the way, the famous organization Fnatic has its own a Battlefield lineup.