10 E3 2019 Games With Esports Potential
E3 2019 saw the announcement of countless games for every system from mobile to console to PC. Like previous years, dozens of games showed up, many we already knew and others we didn’t. As with other E3 events, there were also a lot of E3 2019 games that leaked before the show even started.
Many of those games were confirmed once the show began and each of the five main press conferences aired. There were fewer conferences this year than in previous years as both EA and Sony sat out of the E3 conference war this year, with the former replacing it with a laidback set up and the latter not appearing at all.
In the place of those two, five other companies that are a big part of the video game industry stepped in to fill the gap. Unfortunately, this did lead to, overall, one of the weaker years for E3, in my opinion. While there were some solid conferences, few, if any, had the wow factor from previous years.
Despite all of this, there were still dozens upon dozens of new E3 2019 games announced, both those that leaked and those we had no clue about. Among that list are some exciting titles like Marvel’s Avengers (now officially unveiled), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, and Watch Dogs Legion.
10 E3 2019 Games With Esports Potential: List
However, not all of the hyped up E3 2019 games like Cyberpunk 2077 will have multiplayer or at least have it in a way that would work well within the esports scene. As such, this limits the possible new esports games from the list of upcoming titles.
After digging through all of the numerous E3 2019 games, I have found 10 different games that have the potential for a competitive scene. Whether it’s because of an extra multiplayer mode within the base game or the fact that it’s solely dedicated to online multiplayer, these games have esports potential.
Note that I am not ranking these 10 games this time around, simply because many of them have little information, especially if they aren’t releasing until next year. As such, I am going to list these 10 games out in no particular order and let you know why you should keep them on your competitive radar.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 10 E3 2019 games with esports potential that you need to know about.
1. Roller Champions
Based on what we’ve seen so far, the game that has the strongest claim for an esports scene is Roller Champions. Releasing from Ubisoft, this title takes the odd but underappreciated roller derby sport and converts it into video game form.
This is one of the first true roller derby video games, if not the first, and it looks to offer unique gameplay unlike anything else. As such, it has the potential to monopolize the roller derby competitive game realm, much like Rocket League did previously with its one of a kind concept.
You play on one of two teams competing to get the most points. You skate around the track, with the ability to the right way around it or turn around and go the wrong direction. Your job is to steal the ball and go around the whole ring one time and then score for a point.
However, the depth begins with the fact that you are able to wait to score with the ball and continue skating around the rink. The more laps you do, the more points that you will make when you score. It’s a complex risk and reward system since the enemy can turn around and steal the ball from you anytime.
This basic concept all wrapped together has massive potential for esports. I could easily see it reach Rocket League levels of fame since there is nothing quite like it. Plus, Ubisoft has been known to create thriving competitive communities with Rainbow 6 Siege and For Honor so past experience is there, too.
2. Rainbow 6 Quarantine
Speaking of Rainbow 6 Siege, one of the surprises that Ubisoft announced at its conference was the next entry in the series: Rainbow 6 Quarantine. Quarantine is officially a spin-off of Siege and will retain much of the gameplay style from its predecessor.
Basically, if you’ve played Siege before, you will feel right at home with this upcoming game. Unfortunately, we don’t know a whole lot about it to get what it’s all about and how it could work competitively. From what we know, it seems to be a potential horror and PvE spin-off game.
Players will primarily face off against AI opponents rather than real ones like in Siege. This will lead to less focus on competitive multiplayer and more focus on cooperative multiplayer instead. While this could mean no esports, that doesn’t have to be the case.
There is still potential for esports even if there is no competitive multiplayer since teams can compete in the best scores within a mission or even best times. Ubisoft has shown it can cultivate a strong competitive scene so there’s no reason Rainbow 6 Quarantine can’t be the same.
3. Doom Eternal
Doom Eternal will be the first sequel to id Software’s reboot of the gory first-person shooter franchise. Whereas the original featured traditional Team Deathmatch multiplayer utilizing the signature gameplay, Eternal will mark a stark departure from the multiplayer we know.
Instead of seeing Doom Slayer against Doom Slayer, it will be one mode called Battle Mode. This singular mode will have one Doom Slayer utilize his arsenal against two other real players who are taking on the roles of demons for the first time.
It will be a two on one deathmatch to see if the Doom Slayer or the two demons will win first. This more narrow mode will allow for tighter esports than ever before. The fighting game community focuses on smaller pools of players like one on one or two on two so this could offer a similar experience.
4. Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Yes, Ubisoft has a total of three games on this list. The third and final multiplayer game from it is Ghost Recon Breakpoint. The direct sequel to Ghost Recon Wildlands, this title once again puts you in the shoes of a Ghost Recon soldier as you take on a new enemy: your former comrades.
In Breakpoint, a former comrade has turned his back on the organization and now has his own army of soldiers as he attempts to rule over an island nation. What makes him and his army more dangerous than your previous opponents is that he knows how a Ghost Recon soldier works.
While it is primarily a cooperative experience, I do expect there to be some competitive aspect to it. As such, there’s no reason it can’t have an esports team of squads taking on one another using stealth, vehicles, and tactics to outwit one another.
5. Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite has the ability to be one of the first esports games on the next generation of consoles. It will release as one of the launch titles for the next Xbox code-named Project Scarlett and will be the sixth main entry in the Halo series.
The series has been at the forefront of the first-person shooter genre for almost 20 years. The original revolutionized it as it proved that shooters could work on a console. Since then, each game has refined the gameplay even more, allowing for better online multiplayer.
It’s expected at this point that Halo Infinite will only make the multiplayer work better than ever before. Microsoft can support the fact that this is one of the first shooters for the next generation by promoting a dedicated esports community. This is a great opportunity for Xbox that isn’t, hopefully, ignored.
6. Bleeding Edge
Bleeding Edge is a new game from Ninja Theory of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and DmC (Devil May Cry) fame. This new title is a bold move from the studio since it isn’t like anything else it’s done before. It contains that Fortnite-like cartoony characters with an Overwatch flair.
The gameplay, though, takes inspiration from past Ninja Theory titles, focusing on fast and slick melee combat. But unlike those singleplayer games, Bleeding Edge is only multiplayer. Players compete in matches as two teams take one another on in melee fighting.
Like Roller Champions, this game could offer a one of a kind esports scene as there aren’t many games other than For Honor that focus on melee. Even so, it will have a different feel to it than that game. Here’s hoping that Xbox and Ninja Theory fulfill its esports potential.
7. FIFA 20
There are some guarantees in life. Like, for example: the sun will go down tonight, it will come back up tomorrow, and there will be a new FIFA game this year and the next. The latest game is FIFA 20 and, like the countless previous soccer games, will release this September on all modern platforms.
EA does a fantastic job of supporting the FIFA esports community each year with official competitions around the world. It has a thriving competitive scene already and so the question of esports for this game is more of a “when?” rather than “if?”
Like the actual soccer sport it’s based on, you can bet your dollar that FIFA 20 will support esports in some way later this year when it releases. Regardless, though, as one of the new E3 2019 games announced, it would be wrong to exclude it from this list.
8. Gears 5
Gears 5 feels like a reinvention of the series, at least in terms of its story, characters, and even naming convention. However, it still remains to be seen how the online multiplayer will turn out. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long to find out since it, like FIFA, releases in September.
Gears 5 will feature the classic third-person gritty shooter gameplay that is cover-based. Its multiplayer is some of my favorite in gaming, as it injects some necessary strategy into an otherwise twitchy genre. This tactical combat lends itself well to fun esports competition.
Unfortunately, Microsoft has failed, in my opinion, to realize this esports potential in the past. It is my hope that this same mistake isn’t made once again with the release of Gears 5.
9. Pokemon Sword & Shield
The Pokemon franchise has one of the longest-running esports competitions on this list, spanning all the way back to the original games as well as the spin-off trading card game. Without a doubt, The Pokemon Company will want to continue this trend with the release of the eighth generation games this year.
Pokemon Sword & Shield have even more potential than prior games, though, due to a number of factors. For one, this is the first new mainline game in the series that is built for a console system rather than a handheld platform.
Another reason is that the online multiplayer has been expanded to even allow for battles and trading in the wild areas rather than being restricted to a certain mode. Lastly, the new Dynamax feature that makes the Pokemon become massive with new abilities could shake up the competitive scene up.
10. Apex Legends Season 2
This final entry on this list isn’t a brand new game per se but it is a new feature for an existing game. EA announced at E3 2019 that Apex Legends is starting its second season soon and it will contain a number of changes including the 10th legend to join the character roster.
This character-based battle royale started out strong when it first came out, breaking records left and right. Since then, though, it’s declined a lot in popularity and needed some key changes to keep being a significant part of the competitive community.
Some of those changes are happening like the Elite Queue for players looking for a challenge and the upcoming ranked mode. These are bringing the game one step closer to being ready for true esports. If it continues down this path, it could join the likes of Fortnite and PUBG as an established esports battle royale game.