eSports has absolutely dominated the world in 2020. During last year, we witnessed record viewership counts and never before seen prize money amounts. On top of that, we saw eSports overtake many major sports in total amount of money wagered live or pre-match on bookmaking sites.
To celebrate the undisputed rise of eSports and help our users navigate all the major tournaments of the year, 22Bet compiled this ultimate list of upcoming eSports events. Our 2021 eSports tournament schedule includes all information on the biggest CS:GO tournaments, Call of Duty League World Championships, the League of Legends World Championship, and much more.
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January 2021 Esports Tournament Schedule
2020 BLAST Premier Global Final (Counter-Strike Global Offensive)
Update: Natus Vincere took first place and $600k in prize money.
Dates: January 19 – January 24, 2021
The eSports tournament year started off hot with the year’s biggest Counter-Strike Global Offensive tournament, the 2020 BLAST Premier Global Final.
This best of 3 double-elimination S-tier tournament had a $1,000,000 USD prize pool and was held online.
Which Teams Participated in the 2020 BLAST Premier Global Final?
The following 8 teams took part in the tournament: Complexity, Team Vitality, Evil Geniuses, Astralis, Natus Vincere, G2 Esports, Team Liquid, and FURIA Esports.
How Big Is the Prize Pool of the 2020 Blast Premier Global Final?
The prize pool of the tournament is $1,000,000 USD. It was split between the teams in the following way:
- First Place (Natus Vincere): $600,000
- Second Place (Astralis): $200,000
- Third Place (Team Vitality): $80,000
- Fourth Place (Team Liquid): $50,000
February Major eSports Events
IEM Katowice 2021 (StarCraft II)
Update: Reynor (Zerg, ITA) won the tournament, beating Zest (Protoss, KOR) in the finals.
Dates: February 23 – February 28
With the main focus for StarCraft II and WarCraft III tournament play shifting away from Korea, this year’s biggest SCII tournament was held at IEM Katowice 2021.
Having the biggest prize pool out there, the tournament attracted all of the eSports scene’s brightest stars.
Who Participated in IEM Katowice 2021 StarCraft II Tournament?
The event featured all of the top StarCraft II players in the world, including Maru, Cure, Dark, PartinG, Trap, Zest, TY, HeRoMaRinE, Reynor, Astrea, Neeb, TIME, and Solar.
What is the Prize Pool of IEM Katowice 2021?
The total prize pool of the event was a cool $250,000 USD. It was split between the teams in the following way:
- First Place (Reynor): $65,000
- Second Place (Zest): $32,500
- Third and Fourth Places (Maru, PartinG): $17,500
FIFAe Club World Cup (FIFA 21)
Dates: February 24 – 28, 2021
The FIFA eWorld Cup was held from February 24 to February 28 2021 and featured all of the very best FIFA 21 eSports athletes from around the world.
FIFAe Club World Cup Prize Pool
The 2021 FIFAe Club World Cup was held in six regions, Africa & Middle East, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America. The prize pools ranged from 25,000 to 75,000 USD.
FIFAe Club Results
The following teams won the tournament in their respective continents:
- Africa and Middle East: 25 Esports
- Asia: Blue United
- Europe: Mkers
- North America: Complexity Gaming
- Oceania: Dire Wolves
- South America: ELS Torneios Online
What Are the Prize Pools of Other Major FIFA 21 Tournaments?
From highest to lowest, these are the sums of prize money that will be payed to winners:
- EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series: $700,000
- Regional eWorld Cup Playoffs: $700,000
- FIFA 21 Global Series Qualifiers: $500,000
- FIFA eNations Series: $300,000
- FIFA eClub Series: $300,000
- eChampions League: $300,000
- CONMEBOL eLibertadores: $200,000
eSports Events for July 2021
Evolution Championship Series (Fighting Games)
Dates: July 4 – August 2
This year’s EVO will feature such hit games as Them’s Fightin’ Herds, Skull Girls, Killer Instinct, and Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath.
The open tournaments will start on July 4th and will conclude between July 31 and August 2, 2021.
Where Will the 2021 Evolution Championship Series Be Held?
The 2021 EVO Championship Series will be held at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
What Is the Prize Pool of the 2021 Evolution Championship Series?
The prize pool of Evo 2021 will consist of tournament entry fees. The winnings will be split in the following way:
- Winner: 50%
- Runner up: 15%
- Third place: 10%
- Fourth place: 7%
- Fifth/Sixth place: 5%
- Seventh/Eighth place: 4%
August 2021 eSports Events
The International X (Dota 2)
Date: August 5, 2021
The tenth edition of the Dota 2 International (TI10) was supposed to take back in 2020. The event was, however, postponed to 2021 due to the global health crisis.
The 2021 edition of the tournament is likely to combine the prize pools for both years, so players will be fighting extra hard for the championship title.
When Will the International 10 Take Place?
In an official statement, game developer Valve recently announced that the rescheduled event will take place in Stockholm (Sweden) in August 2021.
The International 10 Prize Pool
The Internation 10 will have a record-breaking prize pool of $40,018,195 USD. This will make it the highest-paying eSports tournament of all time.
November 2021 eSports Tournaments
League of Legends Worlds 2021 (LoL)
Date: 2021-11-06 (Finals)
League of Legends has been one of the most popular eSports disciplines for many years now. And for a good reason. The game is fun, has a high skill ceiling, has a loyal playerbase, and is easy for spectators to watch.
Riot Games has recently announced that the League of Legends World Championship will be held in Shenzhen, China.
With the game developer being owned by Tencent, a Chinese company, the choice of tournament location was of little surprise to anyone.
League of Legends Worlds 2021 Prize Pool
The LoL World Championship will have a prize pool of of a whopping $2,225,000 USD. While this is nowhere near the amount of money that will be won at the International X (Dota2), it is still nothing to scoff at.
eSports Tournaments of December 2021
Valorant 2021 Champions Tour Finals
Date: December 2021
While Valorant may be a newcomer to the eSports scene, the game’s developer Riot Games has big plans for it as an eSports discipline.
The Valorant Champions Tour will consist of several open Valorant Challengers and invite-only Masters tournaments throughout the year.
A last-chance qualifier will take place in October of this year. Finally, the Valorant 2021 Champions Tour Finals will take place in December 2021.
Exact dates and prize pools are yet to be announced by Riot Games. More info on the tournament can be found here.
CS:GO Major Championship Fall 2021 (Counter-Strike Global Offensive)
Dates: October 23 – November 7
Counter-Strike has always been an important staple of the eSports scene. And it will still be the case in 2021.
The fall edition of the CS:GO Major Championship will take place from late October to early November 2021. The tournament will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, will be hosted by PGL, will feature 24 teams, and have a prize pool of $1,000,000 USD. It will also be CS:GO Major’s first 4K 60fps stream!
How Will the CS:GO Major Championship Fall 2021 Money Be Split?
The tournament prize money will be split in the following way:
- First Place: $500,000
- Second Place: $150,000
- Third/Fourth Place: $70,000
- Fifth to Eighth Place: $35,000
Call of Duty League Championship 2021 (Black Ops Cold War)
While Call of Duty is not as popular as it used to be a few years ago, it is still a very important and popular eSports discipline that deserves a place on our 2021 calendar of the biggest eSports events.
The year’s main event is once again the Call of Duty League Championship, which is held by game developer Activision Blizzard. The game this year is Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War.
When Will the Call of Duty League Championship 2021 Take Place?
As of right now, there is no official information about then when this year’s Call of Duty League season will start.
What Prize Pool Will the Call of Duty League Championship 2021 Have?
Game developer Activision Blizzard announced that the prize pool of this year’s COD League will be $ 2,500,000 USD.
Call of Duty Mobile World Championship 2021 (Call of Duty Mobile)
It’s no news to anyone that the vast majority of gaming these days is done on smartphones. Despite this fact, mobile games are yet to become a major player in the eSports industry.
Call of Duty Mobile is one of the few games that aims to buck this trend. The game’s developer hosts a Call of Duty Mobile World Championship alongside the main COD League.
When Will the 2021 Call of Duty Mobile World Championship Take Place?
The publisher is yet to provide any information about when the 2021 Call of Duty Mobile World Championship 2021 will take place.
What Prize Pool Will the Call of Duty League Championship 2021 Have?
The prize pool for the Call of Duty League Championship 2021 will be $2,000,000 USD.
This article was updated on 14.05.2021