Millions of fans tune in to eSports competitions for a variety of games that include League of LegendsDOTA 2 and Call of Duty. But the industry still has plenty of room for new games to join, such as the current eSports darling, Rocket League.

With that, there are a lot of releases coming this year that have plenty of eSports potential. Here are the top examples of what we could see show up in highly publicized tournaments and online broadcasts over the months ahead:


Bethesda’s reboot of the iconic id Software franchise, which popularized first-person shooters in the ’90s, is less than a month away from release. Last month, the publisher hosted a Day of Doom event, featuring well-known online personalities who teamed up with real-world athletes in an all-out competition. This helped lead in to the open beta on consoles and PC, which showed the world just how addictive the multiplayer can be. The fast and furious gameplay includes weapons that can shred opponents instantly, and a rune that temporarily transforms a player into a powerful demon, which can often turn the tide of a competition.

What’s the eSports potential? The multiplayer is a throwback to the classic days of the Doom franchise, when the game was one of the biggest multiplayer shooters on the planet. Doom‘s fast gameplay and relatively short matches make it an ideal choice for the eSports scene, and with Battlecry rumored to be put on hold, it’s an ideal opportunity for Bethesda—which is famous for publishing immensely popular single-player games like Fallout 4—to get into the eSports scene.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Although Sony’s marketing of the game focuses primarily on its single-player campaign, which caps off Nathan Drake’s long adventure, the game also includes a multiplayer mode where thieves and gold hunters compete on a series of maps. Using up-close attacks and an array of powerful weapons, each team tries to keep the treasures for themselves.

What’s the eSports potential? While Uncharted isn’t necessarily regarded as a competition-based franchise, the multiplayer beta got a lot of attention from PlayStation 4 owners, and the game is expected to be updated with plenty of fresh content in the months ahead. This could mean potential livestreams that show off multiplayer content once players have completed the main story, and perhaps some will become pro players. The game is expected to be one of the popular games to release for the PlayStation 4, so having it be adopted into eSports is very possible.

Gears of War 4

As Microsoft did last year with Halo 5: Guardians, players can expect a big eSports push with the newest chapter of its Gears of War franchise. Developed by The Coalition, the game takes place several years after the events of the original trilogy, with Marcus Fenix’s son and company battling a devastating new enemy.

What’s the eSports potential?

Immense, considering how Gears of War 3 is already an eSports hit. The fact that the game, in partnership with ESL, is premiering the Gears of War 4 competitive mode at PAX East this weekend alongside the Gears of War pro league season two finals, all but guarantees a future in eSports. Microsoft recently launched an open beta for Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox One, which introduced a number of new modes such as Dodgeball mode where players can be recalled even after they’re killed. The response to the beta has been huge, indicating that Microsoft could have another hit on its hands. Pro Gears players are also likely to get involved in the mix, and while competitions may not be as popular as Halo tournaments right now, the franchise still has plenty of time to grow and catch on.