Esports games to watch out for in 2024

23 November 2023
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2024 is shaping up to be an exhilarating year for all of us who are passionate about competitive gaming. With classic titles getting fresh updates and promising newcomers on the horizon, the esports scene is gearing up to deliver a rich tapestry of gaming experiences.

My name is John Jackson (or SlayerJohn) and I’m the CEO of Esports Wales. In this article, I’m excited to share my insights into the top 10 esports games and trends that you should have on your radar in 2024.


We’ve all been hearing the buzz around the Metaverse, and while it’s not a traditional video game, it’s poised for a significant breakthrough. With its unique gameplay and immersive VR experience, it has been steadily gaining traction and popularity in the esports scene, and 2024 could be the year it takes off. Echo Arena is just one example of the exciting titles that are rising in the VR esports space, but there are many more on the horizon, so keep a look out for more immersive gaming experiences in 2024 and beyond.

Available on PC
EAFC (EA Sports)

When it comes to esports for football aficionados, EA Sports has been a reliable constant. As the franchise continues to grow and adapt, it maintains a prominent role in the competitive gaming scene, drawing in players and enthusiasts alike.

The recent disconnect with FIFA has raised some eyebrows, but given EA’s extensive history in game development, we have full confidence in the future. In fact, we believe that this change will grant EA greater flexibility to facilitate an even wider range of tournaments and events centred around the game. The horizon looks promising, and we eagerly anticipate the developments to come.

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Apex Legends

The esports journey for Apex Legends has been nothing short of remarkable, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down in 2024. With Team SoloMid (TSM) clinching victory in 2023 (I was there!), the stage is set for an exhilarating year ahead. Apex Legends keeps raising the bar with the introduction of new seasons, legends, and gameplay updates, ensuring that the battle royale game maintains its competitive edge.

What sets Apex Legends apart is its dynamic mix of unique character abilities and the adrenaline-pumping battle royale format. This combination has been the secret sauce behind its success, and it’s only getting better. In 2024, this game stands out as our top pick in the battle royale category, offering a platform that unites console and PC players in thrilling competition. Whether you’re a player or a content creator, Apex Legends promises great entertainment for your audience while streaming, making it a must-watch title in 2024.

Available on PC and Console
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Tekken 8

For as long as I can remember, Tekken has been an integral part of my gaming experience. Whenever someone mentions a fighting game, Tekken is the first that comes to mind. It’s not just a game; it’s a nostalgic journey through the years of fierce competition and unforgettable moments.

The Tekken franchise has always held a special place in the hearts of fighting game enthusiasts, including myself. Its competitive scene has stood the test of time, bringing together players from all walks of life. Now, with the eagerly anticipated release of Tekken 8 on the horizon, it feels like a new era is dawning.

The promise of new characters, moves, and balance changes in Tekken 8 has the community buzzing with excitement. It’s not just an update; it’s a fresh canvas for competitors to showcase their skills. I can’t help but imagine the surge of players returning to their local gaming clubs, ready to demonstrate their prowess in this revitalized version of Tekken. The community is about to embark on a thrilling new chapter, and I, for one, can’t wait to be a part of it.

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Counter Strike 2

Counter Strike, a pioneer in the world of esports, has withstood the test of time like no other. Through the highs and lows of its journey, it has always managed to endure. As a fan of this legendary first-person shooter, I’ve seen it evolve, and it’s been quite a ride.

Now, the prospect of Counter-Strike 2 has us all on the edge of our seats. The anticipation is nothing short of thrilling. The promise of an upgraded Source 2 engine hints at a new era for competitive Counter-Strike, and it’s an invitation that veteran players like me can’t resist. But what’s even more exciting is the potential to draw in a fresh wave of newcomers, eager to experience the thrill of this iconic game.

One question on everyone’s mind is whether Counter-Strike 2 will be the game that lures some of the Valorant players over to its side. It’s a prospect that adds another layer of excitement to the mix, sparking debates and discussions among gaming communities worldwide. As a dedicated Counter Strike enthusiast, I can’t wait to see how this unfolds and what the future holds for our beloved esports classic.

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Mortal Kombat 1

Talking about fighting games, it’s impossible not to mention the epic return of the Mortal Kombat series with Mortal Kombat 1. This instalment brings back the iconic characters and the bone-crushing, brutal gameplay that fans have cherished for years. It’s safe to say that this revival is set to send ripples of excitement throughout the fighting game esports scene.

What makes Mortal Kombat even more intriguing is its knack for incorporating beloved TV and comic book characters, such as Homelander and Peacemaker, into its already well-known roster. This crossover trend, seen in several other games, not only adds new dimensions to the gameplay but also opens up additional revenue streams for the game developers. It’s a win-win situation that keeps the content fresh and the community engaged, making Mortal Kombat 1 an eagerly awaited title for both PC and console gamers.

Available on PC and Console

Multiversus, the crossover fighting game featuring beloved Warner Bros. characters, has captured the attention of esports enthusiasts. Its unique 2 vs. 2 format and iconic IP make it a game to watch for potential esports success. It’s the smash bros everyone can play online together. With issues with the launch, we think Multiversus will come back stronger next year and really draw in a new demographic for online games.

Available on PC and Console

Riot Games’ Valorant combines tactical gameplay with hero abilities, creating a compelling esports experience. After a successful launch, it’s poised to continue growing in 2024, with esports tournaments becoming increasingly prominent. With the VCT and Game Changes Valorant continues to push to be the top shooter, If Counter Strike 2 doesn’t hit the ground running Valorant is going to be here to take the main spot.

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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang takes the top spot as one of the most promising esports titles in 2024. Its mobile accessibility, exciting gameplay, and growing global player base have solidified its position as a major force in competitive gaming. It’s not the first Esports Mobile game we have seen with Pubg, Wild rift among others, but over the last few years we have seen an intake for mobile games, with Mobile Legends being one that stands out and countries such as India, Philippines and Indonesia are taking this market by storm.

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Rocket League

Rocket League has undeniably cemented its place as a premier esports title, blending the excitement of soccer with the chaos of vehicular mayhem. As we look ahead to 2024, there’s a world of anticipation for what’s in store.

The developers at Psyonix have been consistently raising the bar, and each year brings fresh updates, new teams, and electrifying matches. What’s particularly commendable is their commitment to the community. The introduction of new Community tournaments and continuous development of the game throughout the seasons have made Rocket League an ever-evolving spectacle.

As we move forward, Rocket League is undoubtedly a title to keep a close eye on in the upcoming season. The intensity of the games, the sense of competition, and the sheer thrill it offers make it a must-watch for esports enthusiasts. Buckle up; the Rocket League journey is far from over, and 2024 promises to be another exhilarating chapter in its history.

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With a mix of classic franchises and exciting newcomers, 2024 is set to be a remarkable year for esports. Whether you’re a fan of first-person shooters, fighting games, or MOBAs, there’s something for everyone in the world of Esports in 2024. Get ready for thrilling matches, intense rivalries, and new champions emerging on the esports stage.

If Esports is your thing or you want to get involved, then Esports Wales is the place for you. We will be running more tournaments and events for these games across the year, as well as some classics so if you are interested come and join Esports Wales have lets grab some games! Learn more on

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