The top five esports events we’ll be watching in early 2022. Credit: WePlay Holding

The top five esports events we’ll be watching in early 2022

Jan. 18, 2022
Business 4 min read

2022 has just rolled around but esports events are already in full swing. These five tournaments are keeping players and fans alike at the edge of their seats.

WePlay Academy League Season 3


From January 3 to February 13, the WePlay Academy League Season 3 is taking place. It’s a CS:GO tournament organized by WePlay Esports together with leading esports teams with a focus on discovering new talents, supporting and nurturing youth squads.

WePlay Academy League Season 3 is happening in three stages. The first one was held online from January 3 to January 12 in the Double Round Robin format (teams were divided into two groups, with each one playing each other twice). We already know that teams BIG Academy and MOUZ NXT took first place in their respective groups and advanced to the LAN finals.

From January 14 to 16, the final games of the Play-In stage took place according to the Single Elimination format. Based on the competition results, teams Astralis Talent and Spirit Academy have advanced to the LAN finals.

On February 11–13, Kyiv will host the final stage of the WePlay Academy League Season 3, where four teams will face each other offline to compete for the main prize. The prize pool of the tournament will be $100,000.

Learn more about all WePlay Esports’ tournaments.

LCS Lock-In 2022


On January 14–30, Los Angeles hosted LCS Lock-In 2022, a pre-season League of Legends tournament. The competition involved 10 teams divided into two groups. Based on the game results, the top four advanced to the Playoff stage. The prize pool is $150,000, and the hallmark of this tournament is that the winner will get it all!

This competition is not the main split — it’s a small tournament before the start of the LCS Spring 2022 season, set to begin on February 5. LCS Lock-In 2022 is an entertaining tournament designed to introduce League of Legends fans and players to the new squads created in 2021.

It became known that five out of ten teams won’t be able to compete in full force due to the coronavirus pandemic and logistics issues. Therefore, the organizations have decided to replace some of the participants with players from their main rosters and academies

Intel Extreme Masters Season XVI — Katowice


On February 15–27, Poland will host Intel Extreme Masters Season XVI Katowice, one of the largest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments. The competition will be held in three stages: the Group and Play-In stages will be held in a studio format while the Playoffs will take place at the Spodek Arena in Katowice. The prize pool of the tournament is $1 million, with 24 teams competing for a slice of it.

Intel Extreme Masters is the longest-running large-scale tournament series in the world. The event organizers, ESL with sponsorship from Intel, first held it in 2006. Competitions are held on different continents among the world’s best professional esports players of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and StarCraft II. In the past, there were also World of Warcraft, League of Legends competitions, etc.

VALORANT Champions Tour 2022: Challengers


Held from February 11 to March 27, the Challengers Tournament is a regional qualifier for the VALORANT Champions Tour 2022 series, taking place across Europe, Asia, and North and South America. The winners of the Challengers qualification, which is to take place in three stages, get to participate in the international Masters tournament. Since 2021, this stage has been held in each region separately due to the pandemic.

The teams who get the most points in their region’s Masters will advance to the VALORANT Champions Tour 2022, the global esports event for VALORANT.

RLCS 2021–22 — Winter Split Major


On March 24–27, the RLCS 2021–22 Winter Split Major will take place — the second stage of the Rocket League 2021–22 season with a prize pool of $300,000 plus ranking points. The league is divided into three splits: Fall, Winter, and Spring, each involving three regional events. The number of points scored at the end will help determine whether the teams will get into the World Championship or the World Championship Wildcard. The venue for RLCS 2021–22 Winter Split Major is still to be announced.

The first stage of RLCS 2021–22, the Fall Split Major, was held from December 8 to 12. Sixteen teams participated in the tournament, and the prize pool was $300,000 plus ranking points.

The beginning of 2022 is full of large-scale esports events that make for compelling viewing: everyone involved is certainly in for quite a lot of fun.

By the way, you can find out what are the top esports teams in the world.