Game overview/synopsis

World of Tanks is a team-based war shooter that sees players controlling a range of tanks in order to destroy the enemy team.

A match is won by destroying all of the vehicles on the opposing team or capturing a base, which is available in some of the game modes. eSports matches are typically 7v7 affairs.

The company behind World of Tanks – – has released other titles in the series including World of Warplanes and World of Warships, which have also built up their own competitive gaming scenes.

Blurb: World of Tanks

World of Tanks is a team-based massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armoured warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys from all over the world. Your arsenal includes more than 220 armoured vehicles from America, Germany, France and the Soviet Union, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.

A flexible system of authentic vehicle upgrade and development allows you to try any of the vehicles and weapons in the game. Whether you prefer to exhaust your foes with fast and manoeuvrable light tanks, make deep breaches in enemy lines with all-purpose medium tanks, use the force of giant heavy tanks to eliminate opposing armoured forces, or become a heavy sniper with long-range howitzers, each unit type has its own advantages and can be extremely effective when operated by a true tank ace.

But being a great tank commander alone isn’t enough to win! In World of Tanks, it’s all about teamwork. Victory is achieved by combining your combat skills with those of the other members of your team, each playing their own role on the battlefield. Just add your favourite strategy to build your own iron empire and display the indisputable authority of the power of the tank!

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox One, iOS, Android
Typical game length: Varies greatly depending on number of laps and circuit (10-50mins or so)
Players: 18 racers
Genre: Racing
Price: Around £40
Publisher: Codemasters
Notable tournaments: F1 Esports Series
Example match:
100m+ player accounts
Viewers: 100,000+ viewers of the F1 Esports Series final
Launched: August 2018
Pegi age rating: 3
Other Pegi info: Suitable for all persons

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Game Overview / Synopsis

Counter-Strike is the most popular first-person shooter in the competitive video game scene.

Global Offensive is the latest in the long-running series – an objective-based multiplayer first-person shooter. Players play as Terrorists or Counter Terrorists, and must complete objectives while attempting to eliminate the enemy team.

Players purchase weapons and equipment at the beginning of every round, with money awarded based on their performance. Completing objectives such as planting the bomb, defusing the bomb or killing an enemy earns players money.

A competitive game takes place across 30 rounds, with each round lasting a maximum of 1 minute and 55 seconds. The first team to win 16 rounds wins that specific game. To win an entire match, a team will usually have to win two out of three games, or three out of five games.


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) expands upon the team-based action gameplay that it pioneered when it was launched years ago.

CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO introduces new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards and more.

“Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999,” said Doug Lombardi at Valve. “For the past 12 years, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world, headline competitive gaming tournaments and selling over 25 million units worldwide across the franchise. CS: GO promises to expand on CS’ award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac.”

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3 (CSGO is played competitively on PC)
Typical game length: 15-45mins
Players: 5v5
Genre: Shooter
Price: Around £10-£12
Publisher: Valve
Notable tournaments: ESL Pro League, E-League, MLG Major, ECS, Epicenter, DreamHack, Intel Extreme Masters
Popularity: 9.9m unique players as of October 2016
Twitch: 35.2m hours watched in October 2016 across all viewers
Launched: August 2012
Pegi age rating: 18
Other Pegi info: Violence towards defenceless people

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