What were the top 10 esports of the year according to the amount of winnings they gave out? Some of the answers may surprise you. Counter Strike: Global Offensive took the top spot in 2020, giving out $14.75 million last (weird to say this) year. This is the first time, in quite a while, that Dota 2 has not topped the list due to the exorbitant prize pools of The International. Dota 2 comes in at the number two spot followed by League of Legends. Adam Stern at The Esports Observer has the full story.
The concurrent player record on Steam has been broken again. This is the seventh time the record has been broken in 12 months, most recently when it hit 24,776,635 concurrent users in mid-December. Before then, the highest concurrent player count seen on Steam was 22 million users. As of the morning of January 2nd, 2021, Steam’s all-time peak concurrent connected user count broke the 25 million mark. The exact record is now 25,415,080 concurrent users. Jonathan Bolding at PC Gamer has more.
The man, the myth, the legend, Jacob Wolf has announced where he will be taking his talents after the closure of ESPN Esports. One of the biggest and most notable investigative reporters in esports will be going over to our friends at Dot Esports. “I’m thrilled to be returning to Dot Esports and working with their team to deliver the best journalism in esports,” Wolf said. “Dot was one of the first publications to bring hard-nosed, investigative reporting to esports and provide opportunities for young journalists like me, William Turton and Josh Raven to grow alongside veterans in the space. Now, after four-and-a-half years at ESPN, I’m excited to be coming back to continue my own work but also to be one of those veterans and help make esports journalism as a whole better.” You can find the full announcement here.