The state of the world has left esports in an interesting position. Health concerns had many tournaments moved online throughout 2020 and most of 2021, which showed the versatility and popularity of esports in such an uncertain time. But 2022 has seen the return of LAN events, with many competitive scenes coming back stronger than ever before. Here are the biggest esports events of 2022 thus far:
Smash Ultimate Summit 4
Super Smash Bros. has had a tough run the past few years due to the frustration of the WiFi Era and Nintendo’s refusal to improve online play — not to mention Nintendo’s continued interference with Smash’s competitive scene. Through it all, the Smash community has shown their unwavering passion for Smash esports.
The latest effort is Smash Ultimate Summit 4, where Smash fans raised nearly $150,000 for the prize pool and spent months voting for and donating to their favorite Smash pros in an effort to get them into the coveted tournament.
Six Invitational 2022
The largest Rainbow Six Siege event of the year has just concluded, crowning fairly new R6 team TSM FTX as the best squad in the world. The Six Invitational 2022 had all of the top teams from every region competing in Stockholm for a chance at the $3 million prize pool. The highest peak viewership for the Six Invitational 2022 was more than 165K, showing just how dedicated the Rainbow Six Siege fanbase is to this Major. The Six Invitational 2022 was also an era-defining event, showing just how talented North American teams are.
IEM Katowice 2022
This is an annual Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major where the top teams came together to prove themselves in Poland. Na’Vi, Team Liquid, G2, Team Vitality, and more faced off for a piece of the $1 million prize pool and to show they are the best in the world. FaZe Clan ended up beating 3-0 in an astoundingly one-sided match against G2, making the Grand Finals an incredible show-stopper full of heart-stopping moments.