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Top 15 Most Popular Esports in the World Right Now (Best Esports 2019)

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Top 15 Most Popular Esports in the World Right Now (Best Esports 2019)

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Updated on May 8th, 2019

Esports isn’t going anywhere and have continued to grow in popularity over the past two years. Here are the most popular esports in the world right now.

To establish this ranking, an esport games’ “popularity” is ascertained by combining the average total amount of hours viewed on Twitch over a period, total prize pools and tournament numbers, and in certain cases, introducing player base as a parameter.

15. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Super Smash Bros. has long been a popular esport across many different version. For purists, Melee is still the most balanced and widely accepted esport version, but last year’s Ultimate is gaining traction in the competitive scene.

While Smash Bros. Melee tournaments are still offering up to $50,000 in prize money, Ultimate is now rivaling that with its own tournaments featuring $50,000 in prize pools and has Melee for esports hour watched on Twitch, too.

Still, though, Smash remains a fragmented esport across several different versions, and it doesn’t look as though Ultimate is going to unite them under one banner.

That’s a shame, but it looks as though for now Ultimate is certainly the most popular, albeit possibly not the best-optimized version for competitive play.

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