The short life of electronic sports has not prevented the existence of teams that have settled down and stand out both for titles and for budget.
Few were the companies that, from the outset, saw esports as a strategic sector in which to invest and settle for a promising future. Of that small group, many fewer managed to succeed and sneak into the most prestigious in the world.
It is also striking that of those privileged few, most allowed themselves to be advised by personalities from the world or already had previous experience in it, either as a player or as an investor, as is the case of the Spanish Carlos Rodríguez or Andy Dihn.
Based on data from Forbes magazine and the analysis of the showcases and the followers on Social Networks of the clubs that are presumably on the rise, we have compiled a list of the best esports teams in the world. If you are a true gamer, one of those who knows all the video game jargon, all of the ones on the list will sound familiar to you.
Teams with the most followers
Formerly known as Quantic Games, Cloud 9 is probably the club with the most players on the roster , almost 100, spread across more than 10 teams from many different esports, such as Apex Legends, LoL, Fortnite or Super Smash Bros.
His 800,000 followers on Twitter, 500,000 on Instagram and 600,000 on Facebook are explained by his crowded showcase, with titles such as the Rocket League Championship, a Counter Strike Major Championship , the first Heroes of the Storm world championship and several League of Legends LCS. Legends.
For these reasons and more, the team owned by the former Team Solo Mid is one of the best in the world, as would also prove its value in the market: they have been valued at 310 million dollars while ensuring 22 million annual profits.
The club was raised in 2010 by a union of youtubers who thought of creating a competitive team of the game of which they uploaded videos. What began as a clan of friends has ended up becoming the club with the most followers on Social Networks: almost 4 million on Twitter, 7 on Instagram and 500,000 on Facebook.
His success on the networks is total, but he has not managed to fully transfer to his collection of titles, with several CS.Go ESL and Blast Pro Series under his belt and some Rainbow Six Siege Pro League. Although it is true that he has a Fifa player, it is a brand focused mainly on shooter games .
Team Solo Mid
The North American organization celebrates a decade of experience in September . Born at the dawn of the timid emergence of esports, she has known how to be patient and seize her moment. Andy Dihn started an online LoL community that would become a competitive team two years later, after being kicked out of the club he worked for, All or Nothing.
“Reginald”, nickname of the founder, was part of the squad as a midfield player until he retired in 2013 to dedicate himself entirely to the more business side . And the bet was great, making his club reach a market value of 250 million dollars and accumulate annual profits of 25 million.
Currently, they have more than 40 players spread over 7 teams. They have sections on LoL, Fortnite, PUBG, H1Z1, Clash Royale, Rocket League , Smash Bros, Rainbow Six, and HearthStone. It is the second club with the most followers on Instagram: almost 3 million, to which should be added the 2 on Twitter and 500,000 on Facebook. It has the privilege of being the North American team with the most LCS titles , 6 out of 10 disputed.
Carlos Rodríguez was one of the earliest national professionals to succeed. International, European, world tournaments… The Spanish midlaner captivated the public with his famous scarf and his close personality, although during the game, his behavior was far from the best and ended up being the public image of how a player should not behave.
After three years playing for SK Gaming, he decided that his time there was over and that he had to start a new one, on his own. Then Gamers2 emerged, which began leading from the field until it thought of hanging up the mouse and making way for a new generation. It was at that moment when G2 took off and established itself as a club, until it became one of the best in the world today.
With more than 10 teams from various games and approximately 55 professionals, the club has a market value of 105 million dollars and makes an annual profit of 8 million. Their LoL division has been the closest team to Asian level and even won 5 European Championships in a row . Among all its Social Networks, it accumulates close to 1.5 million unconditional followers.
With 19 years of experience Team Liquid is probably one of the grandparents of the industry. In 2000 it emerged as a StarCraft news website. With the release of the second game in the series, the owners signed their first professional players.
Based in the Netherlands, the horse club has more than 15 teams and 65 professionals, including those from Dota II , winner of The International 2017 ( tournament with the highest prize money in esports) and LoL, whose showcases accumulate three LCS editions.
The team also organizes StarCraft tournaments, the game that made them jump to the competitive professional. By market value, it is the third most important brand: it is valued at 200 million dollars and accumulates 65 million profits.