The Spring season is well underway and for the esports industry this means that we’ve already seen some major events across various titles taking place. Yet, while we have seen a good number of premier events already, including tournaments played in front of live audiences, we only had a taste of what 2022 reserves for us.
This changes now. Summer is coming, but even before theN we’ll see some premier events across a variety of esports title this month. May is after all one of the busiest months in the industry, and this year will be no different. From Counter-Strike to League of Legends to Overwatch, this is going to be an interesting month for any fan of esports out there.
For this reason, we have our monthly guide ready for you here. Below you will find all major tournaments starting in May across various high-tier esports games.
CALL OF DUTY
Activision’s first-person shooter is having a quiet month in May. Besides the traditional Challengers Cups, fans will also be able to follow the Call of Duty Challengers 2022 Elite Series 3 this month. Moreover, the Elite Series 3 events will be split by regions, with Europe and North America getting one event each. Activision will also be hosting three events in each region for different platforms. One will be for the console version of Call of Duty: Vanguard, one for the PC version of that title and one for Call of Duty: Mobile as well. All Elite Series 3 events will be kicking off on May 6th, feature eight teams and a $50.000 prize pool.
Alongside with Activision, Tencent Games will also be hosting the final stage of China Masters 3. The Chinese Call of Duty: Mobile event will start on May 6th, too, but it will be played offline at the Media Park in Shanghai. A prize pool of ¥2,800,000 will be in play for the eight teams that qualify to the tournament through the CM3 circuit.
Counter-Strike is going to have a busy month in May. Next week, the first Valve-sponsored Major event of 2022 will take place in Antwerp, Belgium as 24 teams fight for the lion’s share of the $1.000.000 prize pool. The entire event will be played offline, with the first stage starting on May 9th and the second one starting on May 14th. The playoffs will be played from May 19th and will be played in front of a crowd at the Antwerps Sportpaleis.
The PGL Major Antwerp will not be the only premier event in Counter-Strike in May, though. At the end of the month, on the 30th, sixteen of the best CSGO teams in the world will be heading to Dallas as IEM Dallas 2022 is set to start then. A $250.000 prize pool will be offered, and the event playoffs will be also played in front of a crowd at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
Valve’s MOBA title is having its first offline event of the year this month. The ESL One Major. Stockholm will feature the best teams from the various regions of the DotA 2 Pro Circuit Spring Tour. Fourteen teams will be competing for the $500.000 prize pool as well as DPC points. The event will kick off on the 12th, and it’ll be played at the Hovet Arena.
LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
After some incredibly exciting regional leagues in the past weeks, League of Legends fans have plenty to be excited about. Riot will be hosting the Mid-Season Invitational starting May 10th. And that’s going to be an event no fan of the game will want to miss. Featuring the powerhouses from LEC, LCK, LCS, LPL, and other smaller regional leagues, this MSI is bound to have plenty of surprises.
The event will also be played offline in Busan, South Korea. The playoffs are going to played at the Busan Exhibition & Convention Center. Eleven teams will be competing at this MSI, and $250.000 will be offered as the prize pool. The event will be running for a while, too. The final series will be played at the end of the month, on May 29th.
Blizzard’s hero shooter had a quiet so far, but the Overwatch League returns later this week, on the 5th. This year’s OWL will feature a total of 20 teams, with 13 of them competing on the OWL: West, while the remaining seven are part of the Eastern circuit. As per tradition, the OWL will be played for months, as teams will play 24 regulation games. The playoffs and event finals will only take place in late October. Also, the 2022 season of the Overwatch League will be played using an early build of Overwatch 2.
KRAFTON’s battle-royale title will see the start of quite a few events in May. Although, it’s worth mentioning that the bigger tournaments will be reserved for PUBG Mobile. Nonetheless, this Friday we’ll already be seeing the start of the second season of the PUBG Mobile Pro Series. It’ll be followed by the PUBG Mobile Club Open regional series for Brazil and Latin America on the same day. Then, on the next day, the NEW STATE Open Cup will be kicking off. Eight Japanese teams fighting for the ¥5,000,000 prize pool.
Over the course of the next weeks, other Club Open series will be opening across various regions. However, the next big stop for PUBG will be on May 19th. The first season of the Battlegrounds Mobile: India Pro Series with a ₹20,000,000 prize pool and 24 squads will start then. On the same day, we’ll also be seeing the start of the Pro Series 2022: Spring Finals which will be played offline in Seoul. Sixteen teams from the region will be competing for ₩100,000,000.
While the V4 Masters 2022 has kicked off this Sunday, the Visegrád-based event is far from Siege’s biggest event in May. Instead, fans of the game’s esports scene are eagerly waiting for the upcoming Major. The Six Charlotte Major will kick off in May 16th with sixteen teams. The tournament will be played at the Charlotte Convention Center venue, and feature teams from all over the world which qualified through Ubisoft’s regional leagues.
While May won’t be seeing any Rocket League Majors being played, there’s still plenty of important events happening in this month. On the 6th, the first regional events of the Spring split for Asia-Pacific North, Europe, South America and the Sub-Saharan African regions will kick off. One week later, the second regionals for Asia-Pacific South, Middle-East and North Africa, Oceania and North America will take place. The same format will be repeated every week of the month.
For a bit of variety, though, make sure to follow LAN ETS. The Canadian-based organization will be hosting the Lan ETS 2022 this month in Montréal starting on the 14th. The event will be played at the École de technologie supérieure venue and will feature eight local teams.
May will see StarCraft back with at the spotlights of the esports industry. On the 18th, ESL will kick off the DreamHack Masters 2022 regional qualifiers across the world. While the European event which features a $110.500 prize pool certainly will be the most watched one, make sure you keep up with other regions too. China, Latin America, Oceania, North America and Taiwan & Hong-Kong will all get their own qualifiers. All players competing will be fighting to qualify for the DreamHack Masters: Valencia LAN which will be played in July.
After last month’s VCT Masters, VALORANT is having a less packed month in May. This, of course, doesn’t mean that Riot’s FPS will have a quiet month, though. On May 9th, the DAHC circuit will see the second stage of the Evolution series. One day later it’ll be time for the Spanish division of the VALORANT Regional League circuit to kick off.
On May 13th, though, the highlights of the month will kick off. The Challengers series of the VALORANT Champions Tour for the EMEA and North America regions will be starting then. On the following day, the Brazilian VCT: Challengers Stage 2 will begin. On the 16th, the smaller VRL tournament for the UK and Nordic Countries will start. Finally, on the 21st it’ll be the South Korean regional commencing.
Also, while that all events in the Rising Circuit will be played online, some tournaments in the VCT won’t. Instead, the Brazilian and Korean Stage 2 Challengers competitions will be played offline in São Paulo and Seoul respectively.
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