By Pavo Jurkic
December 2, 2019
Another month, another set of esports spectacles ready to captivate us with their glamorous venues and electric fans. The esports industry is never sleeping! There are always top-tier events to explore, featuring jaw-dropping prize money as well as some of the most prominent esports talents out there. So, if you consider yourself an esports enthusiast, make sure you skim through our list of the most significant esports events in December 2019!
November was good as far as the abundance of events goes, but December won’t fail to deliver either. CS:GO competitive season is making its final budges with two highly essential events to go. The Rocket League Championship Series is also coming to a close with the Finals scheduled for December.
That’s not all – Rainbow Six Siege is coming back too, as well as a relatively unknown event that might spark some interest to some of you. All in all, we’re in for another month packed with esports spectacles, so let’s dive right on in and take a closer look at the most promising ones!
The Finals of the 10th ESL Pro League season kicks off right after the end of Esports Championship Series. And while this will be a tough week for teams participating in both events, esports fans won’t mind it one bit as they’ll be getting an extra dose of top-tier competitive CS:GO to enjoy.
ESL PL S10 Finals bring forth 16 teams from all four regions, with the majority coming from the strongest ones, EU and NA. The event is going to be held in Odense, Denmark. Two venues have been reserved for this spectacle. Odense Congress Center will host the group stage while the Jyske Bank Arena will be in charge of the playoffs.
Of course, Danish electric fans have plenty of teams to cheer for. Heroic, North and Astralis ought to be the fan-favorites, with the latter dubbed as the main favorites to take the trophy. Rightly so, if I may add.
This is it, fellas! This is the event we’ve all been waiting for. The first-ever BLAST Pro Series Global Final is set to start in less than two weeks. More precisely, BPS Global Final 2019 starts on December 12, just four days after the end of ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals. My oh my, Astralis’ and Team Liquid’s schedules are as packed as they can be, with three back to back events, ECS, ESL PL and BPS Global Finals.
RFRSH Entertainment’s first massive event brings forth $500,000 in prize money. Even though it might not seem like a lot by today’s standards, it reveals excellent prize distribution since there are only four competing teams.
For those of you not in the know, BLAST Pro Series Global Final 2019 features FaZe Clan, Astralis, Team Liquid and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
The event is going to be held in Riffa, Bahrain. The venue of choice is the lucrative ISA Sports City that’s bound to create an atmosphere worthy of CS:GO. Hopefully, the local fans will show up and express their support for some of the world’s greatest CS:GO teams.
The eighth season of Rocket League Championship Series, more commonly known as RLCS, is closing in on its final days. It’s been more than two weeks since we found out all twelve contestants that will be competing in Madrid’s famous Palacio Vistalegre. With $529,500 on the line, $200,000 of which goes to the winning team, these twelve teams surely won’t lack the motivation to give their best in Spain.
The event is set to start on December 13 and will last for three days. Last time out, in June, RLCS S7 Finals racked in over 200,000 peak viewers and close to 2.7 million hours watched. Pretty impressive numbers for Rocket League standards. The eighth season will, of course, hope to bring in even more viewers. I wouldn’t be surprised if it manages to do so, especially with Epic Games now onboard.
Even though the Pro League finals are done and dusted, the competitive sphere of Rainbow Six Siege still has one notable event left before calling it a year! USA Nationals 2019 is the name, and it brings forth eight top-tier teams, set to battle against each other for the biggest share of the $140,000 in prize money.
The likes of Team SoloMid, DarkZero Esports, Evil Geniuses and Spacestation Gaming are all there. Yes, they might not be the crème de la crème of competitive R6S, but they’re still well and truly capable of putting on quite the show. The Las Vegas spectacle is starting on December 13, so make sure you tune in!
Lastly, we have a relatively unknown game that’s racking in astonishing numbers. Well, relatively unknown to us, at least. You see, Shadowverse is a card game enjoying massive popularity in Japan. The game has been out for more than three years already, but its esports scene just started stirring up proper chaos.
Shadowverse World Grand Prix 2019 kicks off on Christmas and features $1 million in prize money. Even though Shadowverse events aren’t that popular in Europe and the USA, last year’s Grand Prix was still considered a successful event featuring $1,310,000 in prize money and gathered more than 250,000 hours watched. That’s pretty serious business for an event that lasted just 24 hours.
So, if you’re into card games like Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering, give Shadowverse World Grand Prix 2019 a go. Who knows, perhaps the Japanese wacky esports twist is right up your alley!