Like any outdoor sport, esports also require physical and mental skills and a fiery, competitive spirit

By Nicole Ganglani | Photo by Alex Haney/Unsplash | Art by Tricia Guevara

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people are forced to spend time indoors and resort to video games to get their sports fix. Video games, specifically esports, have skyrocketed recently especially since they still involve competition and require both physical and mental skills. Enough to even hold a place at major sporting events like the 2019 SEA Games.

If you’re wondering what the esports world is like or you’re looking to try out something new amid the lockdown, here are five games you can download for free: 

Dota 2 

Arguably the most popular online video game, Dota 2 is played by two teams of five players. The goal of each team is to defend their home base by protecting the ancient structure in it. Each player has their own skill set and must  collect points and items for their characters, which they get to use against each other. Dota 2 is popular for its blend of real time strategy and role-playing game features.

Available on PC and Mac

Call of Duty: Warzone

Call of Duty: Warzone is a free-to-play battle royale game that allows users to participate simultaneously on different platforms. The game can be played in three modes namely Blood Money, BR Solos and Battle Royal where each game has its own set of missions and game plans. 

Available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Counter-strike: Global Offensive

Dubbed as the best online PC shooting game, Counter-Strike Global Offensive is a skill-based and multiplayer first-person shooting game in which two teams called The Terrorist and the Counter-Terrorist go at it. The goal of each team depends on the choice of game mode (there are nine for this corresponding game). The game also allows users to play with others and host their own servers. 

Available on PC, Mac and Linux

League of Legends

Inspired by Warcraft III, the goal of the game is to destroy the other team’s “Nexus,” which is found at their corresponding home bases. Each character features different powers and must battle against other players or computer-controlled players who also have distinct abilities. The game also comes in a number of modes with a variety of game plans and rules as well. 

Available on PC and Mac

Destiny 2 

Destiny 2 can either be played as Player Versus Environment (PvE) or Player Versus Player (PVP) with each mode offering a story-mission type of play. If you participate in PvE, you play the role of a guardian who is in charge of protecting the last city from aliens and is on a journey to defeat your nemesis named Ghaul and his Red Legion army. Meanwhile in PVP, multiplayers participate in a “shared-world” environment where they go on missions and have their own role-playing game plans. 

50+ hours of free gameplay for users.

Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC

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