Dota 2’s The International is simply one of the best video game tournaments and there’s nothing quite like it. With that in mind, I decided to analyze some of the best and most popular titles available that could also have their own International championship. To make this list I took into account the popularity of the games, the spectacle they offer and the genre, among other parameters. This is what I came up with.
5. Quake Live
Although Quake Live isn’t as popular as it once was, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who wants to see some of the best players in the world participate in live tournaments. A few days ago, id Software announced that the first-person shooter is coming to Steam, so maybe the company could update the game so that it incorporates a “watch live” tab like the one Dota 2 has. Quake Live is the closest game we have to Quake 3 and that’s its best feature.
4. StarCraft 2
Before MOBAs became extremely popular, StarCraft 2 was one of the best real-time strategy games available. Of course, it’s almost impossible to talk about StarCraft 2’s popularity without making some sort of reference to Korea, a country where the game was so big that tournaments were held in giant stadiums and most matches were transmitted on live television. StarCraft 2 has declined in popularity over the past few years, but I think an annual tournament would be an interesting experiment.
3. Street Fighter 4
As far as fighting games go, there’s nothing quite like Street Fighter 4. You’ve probably seen YouTube videos of what some professional Street Fighter players are able to do (not to mention the Daigo vs Justin video,) so a Street Fighter 4 tournament would be amazing. One of the best aspects about the game is that matches are short and entertaining to watch.
2. Team Fortress 2
Like the Phoenix, Team Fortress 2 is a title that came back from the ashes. Nobody was playing the game until developer Valve decided to transform TF2 into a free-to-play game. Then the developer added hats, regular updates and new content to the concoction and the rest is history. Team Fortress 2 is one of the few first-person shooters that’s both fun to play and fun to watch.
1. Counter Strike: Global Offensive
I really like Counter-Strike and although I haven’t had a chance to play the latest iteration extensively, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive seems like the definitive version of an already terrific game. There have been rumors about an International for Counter-Strike and as a fan of the series, I think that makes a lot of sense. After all, Global Offensive is a highly strategic shooter, there’s lot of content and modes, millions of players actively participate in matches and the game’s extremely entertaining to watch.