The 25 Most Anticipated eSports Events for 2022

eSports is now extremely popular worldwide. The best gamers can earn a healthy income from competing in eSports events and tournaments. We have previously written about the incredible growth of eSports, but these events have been slowed by COVID limiting large public events and imposing travel restrictions. We have also examined the biggest eSports games every gamer should know.

There are now dozens of major eSports events around the world, often with substantial prize pools. Whilst many of these events are still to announce dates or locations, in this post, we examine some of the most popular events scheduled for 2022. 


The 25 Most Anticipated eSports Events for 2022:


The 27 Most Anticipated eSports Events for 2022:

1. 2022 FIFAe World Cup

Source: fifa.gg

Location: Online

Dates: To be confirmed

The FIFAe World Cup is an online tournament hosted in various places around the world organized by FIFA and EA. It will feature representatives of clubs. The regions have been split even further into ten different regions in 2022. After a league model online qualification, the world's best clubs and organizations meet at the FIFAe Club World Cup.


2. 2022 VCT Challengers Champions Tour - Challengers

Location: Online

Dates: The tournament runs from February to December 2022, with the Challengers 1 tournament in February and March 2022.

The 2022 Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) returns in 2022 with international competitions, expanded regional Challenger events, and a new global Game Changers event to bring together the best teams around the world. VCT will keep its normal three-tier system with Challengers, Masters, and Champions, though the Champions tier will see some changes. The circuit will cover Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Challengers focus on regional competition, and the winners qualify for the Masters competition.


3. RLCS: Rocket League World Championships

Location: Online

Dates: July 2022 ($6,000,000 prize pool)

Rocket League Esports has their 2021 to 2022 season fully underway right now, and the season will culminate with the World Championships in July 2022. The league has separate competitions in Fall, Winter, and Spring. Each of these seasonal events has regional events leading into an international major. Points from the Regional and Majors are used towards the Rocket League World Championship. In 2022, the World Championship will have two main stages for the first time: the new World Championship Wildcard and the World Championship Main Event.


4. 2021 VCT Masters 1 Stage 1

Location: Online

Dates: April 2022

The 2022 Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) features three competition levels (Challengers, Masters, and Champions). The entire VCT tournament spans February to December 2022. The Masters feature the top teams from each region (i.e., the winners of the Challengers series.) These teams face-off to gain entry to the Valorant Champions event.


5. 2022 Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS) Championship

Source: ea.com

Location: South America

Dates: July 2022 ($5,000,000 prize pool)

The inaugural Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS) Championship in 2021 brought together nearly 200 of the best Apex Legends teams all over the world, and the highly anticipated eSports event returns in 2022. Qualifiers and challengers circuits will lead to Split Playoffs, Pro League Splits, and Championship rounds. 


6. League of Legends World Championship 2022

Location: Mexico City, New York City, Toronto, and San Francisco, as well as online tournaments

Dates: Fall 2022 

League of Legends’ biggest competition, the World Championship, is the biggest tournament for the game. In 2022, the championship comes back for its 12th iteration with tournaments in Mexico City, New York City, Toronto, and San Francisco. This competition is the pinnacle of the League of Legends competition; 12 teams from diverse regions compete for the world champion title. Twenty four teams from Riot Games’ 12 professional leagues participate in the monthlong tournament. 


7. Dreamhack 2022: Atlanta

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Dates: 18 - 20 November, 2022

Dreamhack returns in 2022 with a massive line-up for esports gamers across the globe. In 2021, Dreamhack Atlanta’s event was postponed due to COVID-19. However, the festival returns in 2022 in full force. The Dreamhack event is home to a CS:GO tournament. 


8. LanTrek 2022 (The 2021 Elisa Nordic Championship Playoff)

Source: lantrek.org

Location: Finland 

Dates: 3-6 March 2022

LanTrek is one of the largest gaming events in Finland, and it’ll be home to the playoffs for the 2021 Elisa Nordic Championship. The event, organized by Elisa Sports and dust2.dk, will hand out a prize pool of more than $100,000. 

Teams will also have a chance to win one of the last spots for the Masters tournament hosted by Elisa Esports as well as a spot to the Champion Of Champions tournament, which will culminate one of the largest international Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tours. The events will be live in 2022 as well, unlike last year. 


9. 2022 ESL Pro League Season 15

Location: Online

Dates: Tue, Nov 23, 2021 – Sun, Apr 10, 2022 ($850,000 prize pool)

The 15th season of the ESL Pro League, ESL's premier league for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, is underway, and the big final tournament is scheduled to take place in Spring 2022. 

It is a European tournament and includes a Group Stage, with four single round-robin format groups. The group winners then proceed to the Play-In, with winning teams there advancing to the Semifinals. These occur in the Playoffs, eventually finishing with a best-of-five Grand Final.


10. North American Regional Championship (Previously: Dreamhack 2022 Anaheim)

Location: Anaheim, California

Dates: 11-13 February

Gamers were looking forward to the previously announced Dreamhack Anaheim, the first time the festival would return to the U.S. in two years - in person. Dreamhack Anaheim was set to become one of the centerpieces of the Dreamhack 2022 festival. But in December 2021, organizers canceled the event due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Instead, Dreamhack is working to put on the North American Regional Championship —  originally planned to take place at DreamHack Anaheim — as a separate, stand-alone event. The event will take place on the same dates at the same venue with a much narrower scope. 

DreamHack has been working intensively with its partners at 343 Industries to offer the North American Regional Championship —  originally planned to take place at DreamHack Anaheim — as a stand-alone event on the same dates at the same venue.


11. 2022 Masters Tour 

Location: Online

Dates: To be announced

A series of tournaments comprise the 2022 Masters Tour, which brings together top Hearthstone players worldwide to fight for their share of the prize purse and the illustrious title of Masters Tour Champion. All matches are played online using 4-deck, best of five Conquest format.


12. The Six Invitational

Source: ubisoft.com

Location: Montreal, Canada

Dates: 8 - 20 February, 2022

The Six Invitational returns for its sixth year in 2022. The World Championship of Rainbow Six Siege will return home to Montreal. The tournament crowns a World Champion for the season, but it also marks a time when the entire Siege family can come together, especially poignant post-pandemic. The tournament will happen in Montreal, Canada, with in-person gameplay - but without a live audience, due to COVID-19 restrictions. 


13. FIFAe Club Series 2022

Source: fifa.gg

Location: Online

Dates: Summer 2022, exact date to be announced

FIFAe Club Series 2022 is the pinnacle eSports event for competitive FIFA clubs. This year, the qualification rounds will play out online due to the pandemic with a remote, online format. Players will compete from home in zone-based tournaments. The tournament will feature different zones with 12 Conferences around the world. The finale comes in summer 2022, where the best clubs will meet for an offline, in-person tournament. The winner will be crowned the FIFAe Club World Cup Champion. 


14. 2022 LCS Mid-Season Cup

Source: visitlcs.com

Location: Houston, Texas

Dates: 23 - 24 April

The LCS 2022 Mid-Season Cup is for League of Legends players. It replaces the Spring Playoffs of previous years. The winner qualifies for the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational. The event will take place in person at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, if COVID restrictions allow. 


15. Free Fire World Series 2022

Location: Online, with some in-person competitions to be announced

Dates: 21 May, 2022

Free Fire teams from across the world will participate in the 2022 Free Fire World Series. The third iteration of the World Series was scheduled for late 2021, but due to the pandemic, it was canceled. As a result, the qualifications for the World Series will start in 2022 in addition to regional contests, the Asia Championship and EMEA Invitational. Finals will happen on May 21, 2022. 


16. 2022 DOTA2 Pro Circuit - Winter 2022

Location: To be announced

Dates: 17 - 27 February; 11 - 17 May; 4 - 14 August 

The 2022 DOTA2 Pro Circuit gets underway with three planned major competitions in 2022 leading up to the big tournament, The International. The majors are organized by PGL and One eSports. 

There will reportedly be three seasons in 2022:

  • First season: November 29 - December 22, 2021 and January 5 - 23, 2022 (Christmas and New Year's break). The first major will take place from February 17 - 27. 
  • Second season: March 14 - April 24. The second major will take place from May 11 to May 21. 
  • Third season: June 6 - July 17. The third major will take place from August 4 - 14. 

The dates may be subject to change, depending on restrictions. 

Expect the best DOTA2 teams from around the world to participate. The teams are battling to qualify for The International. 


17. 2022 The International 11

Source: dota2.com

Location: To be announced

Dates: To be announced

The International is the largest eSports event of the year for DOTA2 players. COVID canceled the 2020 event and one year later, the 2020 event finally took place in 2021. Though no official announcements have been made about 2022 dates, the Winter Regional League goes into 2022; this league is one of the precursors to The International. 

This event brings together DOTA 2 players around the world to compete; the game's developer, Valve, hosts it. The International tournament consists of the top 12 teams. The tournament's prize pool is crowdfunded via a battle pass system within the game. The 2021 prize pool topped $40 million, though no prize pool has been announced for 2022. Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement on The International. 


18. 2022 Blast Premier Spring Showdown

Location: To be announced

Dates: To be announced

The Blast Premier Spring Showdown is one of a global circuit of events for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players. The 2022 dates have yet to be announced. In addition to the Spring Showdown event, other Blast Premier events in 2022 include:

  • Spring Finals 
  • Fall Groups
  • Fall Showdown 
  • Fall Finals 
  • World Final 

19. Dreamhack Summer 2022

Location: Elmia, Jönköping, Sweden

Dates: 18 - 21 June, 2022

Dreamhack continues their big 2022 program after the pandemic slowed down their programming. The Dreamhack Summer 2022 event will take place in Sweden this year. Dreamhack events are known for their esports tournaments. DreamHack summer will be host to the ESL Pro League Conference, though other esports events will also take place. 


20. 2022 Asia Pacific Predator League

Source: youtube.com

Location: Japan

Dates: To be announced

2022 sees the fourth season of the Asia Pacific Predator League. This year, the Grand Final will be played in Japan. The tournament will feature eleven teams from ten countries in the APAC region. Before this main event, there are qualifiers in each country to find their representative. 


21. LCS 2022 Championships

Location: To be announced

Dates: To be announced

The LCS Championships are one of the major professional League of Legends events. The champion of this League of Legends tournament will represent North America at the World Championship. The LCS, or League Championship Series, is the top level of professional gameplay in the U.S. and Canada. The tournament will return to North America in 2022 for the first time since 2016, where competitors gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

The LCS Championships will return in 2022, but the dates and locations have yet to be announced. Though the location for the LCS Championships 2022 is yet to be announced, some believe that Los Angeles may be in the running. In the past, some events have taken place at Riot Games’ Los Angeles studio. Stay tuned for the official announcement. 


22. FIFAe Nations Series 2022

Location: Online

Dates: To be announced

FIFA’s official competition for nations features some of the world’s best FIFAe players representing their countries in EA SPORTS FIFA 22. The Nations Cup lets plays jump in alongside their national teammates in a 2v2 format. The dynamic of this competition is different from others, with national pride on the line. 


23. DICE Summit 2022

Location: Las Vegas

Dates: 22 - 24 February, 2022

The D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit brings together leading video game designers and video game developers from around the world to discuss the state of the industry, video game trends, and the future of video games. Business leaders from all major video game companies also attend. 


24. 2022 Asian Games

Location: Hangzhou, China

Dates: 10 - 25 September, 2022

eSports is making its big debut at the Asian Games 2022! Eight games will be played for medals, according to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). Those eight medal games are: FIFA (made by EA SPORTS), an Asian Games version of PUBG Mobile and Arena of Valor, Dota 2, League of Legends, Dream Three Kingdoms 2, HearthStone and Street Fighter V.

Each game will have a gold, silver, and bronze medal up for grabs. In total, 24 medals will be given out in China in 2022. In addition to those games, Robot Masters and VR Sports will be played as demonstration events at the games.


25. Dreamhack Winter 2022

Location: Elmia, Jönköping, Sweden

Dates: 24 - 27 November, 2022

Dreamhack wraps up their massive 2022 program schedule with Dreamhack Winter 2022, the same location as their big summer event. Dreamhack events are known for their esports tournaments. This year, like the summer event, DreamHack Winter will be host to the ESL Pro League Conference, though other esports events will also take place.