If you like scoring goals, leading a pack of warriors, or simply enjoy beating your friends in fighting games, Esports offer plenty of opportunities for video game fans to get their fix. Decades after gamers fought for high scores on arcade machines, worldwide tournaments now pit the best eSports players against one another for glory, handsome financial rewards—and, occasionally, a spot in the record books.
Regardless of your favorite Esports streamer’s go-to platform, you can safely and securely enjoy every second of the action with ExpressVPN!
Watch Olympic Esports Week 2023
The inaugural Olympic Esports Week kicks off in Singapore from June 22-25, 2023, featuring competitions across nine different disciplines. Get all the details on what to expect and how to stream Olympic Esports Week at our dedicated page!
How to watch Esports online with a VPN
Twitch.tv is among the most popular live streaming platforms. Not only is Twitch free, but you don’t even need to register to watch live Esports streams!
YouTube is home to Esports live streams, videos, and channels dedicated to the action. Just connect to a server location where YouTube is available to securely stream Esports in blazing-fast HD!
Discord is another popular free app that allows for Esports live streaming. Discord is also immensely popular because of its “servers,” which serve as communities for fans to support their favorite streamers and players.
Steam is a video game service offering everything from best-selling Triple-A products (such as Grand Theft Auto or The Last of Us) to indie games. Additionally, Steam.tv is another live-streaming platform for gamers to show off their skills—or lack of it! Tune into your favorite streamers on Steam.tv while you enjoy gaming on your Steam Deck.
Can I watch Esports on TV?
Esports fans can catch ELeague (or EL) on TBS. Gamers compete at the network’s Turner Studios facility in Atlanta and have faced off in everything from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to Street Fighter. TBS is available on Sling TV (35 USD/month), DirecTV Stream (70 USD/month and up, 5-day free trial), Hulu (77 USD/month), and YouTube TV (73 USD/month, 5-day free trial).
Australia’s Seven network offers live streams of Esports events for free on its streaming platform 7plus.
Note: You may need to provide an Australian postcode like 2001 or 3001 to subscribe to 7plus.
Esports events calendar 2023
|May 8-21||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||Accor Arena, Paris|
|May 25-28||Call of Duty||Toronto, Canada|
|June 2-4||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||Dallas, Texas|
|June 8-11||Apex Legends||London, U.K.|
|June 22-25||Olympic Esports Week||Singapore|
|August 4-13||Rocket League||Dusseldorf, Germany|
|August 4-6||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||Cologne, Germany|
|October 16-22||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||TBD|
What are Esports?
Esports, literally defined as electronic sports, refers to organized professional video game competitions. Gamers face off in everything from sports games (such as Madden or FIFA) and first-person shooters (Call of Duty) to fighters (Super Smash Bros.) and team-based strategy games (League of Legends). According to Statista, the global Esports market was valued at just over 1.38 billion USD in 2022.
What are the popular games in Esports?
Determining the most popular Esports games is a subjective question, especially given the different genres. However, Esports Charts used the simple metric of hours watched to determine the five most popular Esports games from 2022. League of Legends led the way with 617.77 million hours watched, easily beating No. 2 Counter-Strike: Global Offense (448.41 million hours) and No. 3 Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (331.47 million hours).
Other popular Esports games include Dota 2, Fortnite, Super Smash Bros., and World of Warcraft. And yes, 90’s kids, Pokémon is considered an eSports game! The Pokémon World Championships have been held yearly since 2004, outside of pandemic-forced cancellations in 2020 and 2021.
Interestingly, the inaugural Olympic Esports Series 2023 did not include any of those games. Instead, the IOC opted for nine virtual sports: archery, baseball, chess, cycling, dance, motorsport/racing, sailing, taekwondo, and tennis.
FAQ: About Esports
Can you watch Esports in person?
Yes, you can certainly watch Esports events in person! The largest Esports arena in the world is currently the Three Gorges Harbor Esports Stadium, a China-based venue that holds 6,000 people. However, the Toronto Esports Arena, which is set to open in 2025, is expected to have a capacity of 7,000 seats.
What apps can you watch Esports on?
You can watch Esports on a wide variety of apps, including Twitch, YouTube, and Discord!
Which platform is the most popular for Esports streaming?
Twitch remains the most popular live-streaming video game platform. According to Statista, a staggering 5.71 billion hours were watched on Twitch in the third quarter of 2022.
Is Esports free to watch?
Yes, Esports remain free to watch! However, some services offer perks for users who donate money to the streamer or become paid subscribers/superfans, depending on the platform.
Are Esports games on Xbox?
Yes, Esports games are on Xbox! Popular Esports games on Xbox include Fortnite, Call of Duty, Halo, and FIFA.
Where can I get esports news?
Popular Esports websites include Dot Esports, Dexerto, and Upcomer. Although more mainstream video game websites such as IGN and GameSpot have dabbled in Esports coverage in the past, they usually focus on the games themselves rather than the players.
Can I stream sports on my computer?
Definitely. If you’re accessing the streaming service from a web browser, be sure to also install the ExpressVPN extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. The extension has a few features under the hood that can smooth out common streaming issues.
Can I stream sports on my phone or tablet?
How can I stream on my TV with a VPN?
In brief there are five different ways to stream sports on your TV with ExpressVPN:
-With the native app for a smart TV or streaming device
-By streaming on your computer and connecting to the TV with an HDMI cable
-By mirroring or casting wirelessly to your TV or streaming device from your computer or mobile device
-By connecting to an ExpressVPN-enabled router, which allows for unlimited devices and makes it super simple to connect to different server locations simultaneously
-With MediaStreamer, ExpressVPN’s solution for devices that cannot install a VPN, such as Apple TV or gaming consoles. MediaStreamer only needs to be set up once, although it does not provide the full security benefits of a VPN. (Note that by connecting your Apple TV or gaming console to a router, you can get the best of both worlds!)
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I connected to the VPN but my internet speed is slow
If your internet speed is slow or your streaming seems to lag, there are a few possible reasons:
-The distance of your selected VPN server location from your physical location
-Your connection type (wired connections are more reliable than wireless connections)
-Suboptimal interconnectivity between the VPN and your ISP
-Slow internet connection speed at your location
-Your device type and processing power
Try each of the following steps to troubleshoot:
-Download the latest version of ExpressVPN
-Connect to a different VPN server location
-Change your VPN protocol
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I connected to the suggested VPN server location but I can’t log in to the streaming service!
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What other streaming services can I watch with ExpressVPN?
ExpressVPN works seamlessly with all the most popular streaming apps from around the world. Using a VPN for streaming ensures you watch securely in blazing-fast HD with unlimited bandwidth, free from ISP throttling (which can sometimes slow down speeds). If you want to watch your favorite team from anywhere—even while traveling or on unsecured networks like public Wi-Fi—ExpressVPN is a great way to enhance your sports streaming experience.