Mobile video games are slowly taking the charge in the Esports industry. We all know that using the touchscreen as the controller will never be on par with the keyboard and mouse. However, everyone owns a smartphone nowadays as they are affordable and easy to use. You can install any game on Android or iOS by only pressing a few clicks. Therefore, mobile games are becoming more popular, and they are indeed catching up with both PC and console games.
Call Of Duty Mobile
The Call of Duty franchise is not new to mobile gaming. However, COD Mobile is something completely new. This free-to-play mobile shooter game released in 2019 was created in a specific way as it wants to bring gamers for the long term. Unlike other COD games, there is no campaign but there are multiple multiplayer mods.
This game also gained a lot of popularity on the Esports scene. Activision even tried to organize a $2 million USD worth World Championship in 2021, but it was canceled due to COVID-19. However, there is a new World Championship Finals tournament in 2022 which will feature 16 best teams from all over the world. This will surely bring a lot of attention to this game, and it is something to look for.
The game that was previously known as Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, today just PUBG is an online multiplayer battle royal game for Android and iOS devices. It was released in 2018 by Tencent Games. The game itself is a perfect copy of the PC game with the same name, PUBG. Surprisingly, the mobile version had more success than the PC one, and it accumulated more than 1 billion downloads making it the fourth highest-grossing mobile game. It currently has 1.12 billion mobile players, and it is the most-played video game of all time.
With all that in mind, there is no wonder PUBG Mobile Esports also has a huge success on the Esports scene. It is one of the most popular Esports games with regular online and offline tournaments.
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
A mobile video game Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, commonly referred to as ML or MLBB, is an online battle arena game published by the uprising indie company Moonton games in 2016. The game revolves around obtainable heroes and different spells
From the Esports side, this game is fun to watch and to bet on. MLBB attracted many viewers from all over the globe who rather prefer to watch instead of playing it. The huge success of the game affected the MLBB betting market and it is one of the biggest sensations to bet on in mobile Esports.
League of Legends: Wild Rift
Wild Rift is a mobile multiplayer online battle arena game developed and published by Riot Games. Just like the PC version of League of Legends, the mobile version Wild Rift looks incredible, clean and slick. Every player has the even playing field one they step into the game. The only cash purchase items are skins and ocasionaly early access to hearos. All in all, Wild Rift is a well optimized game and probably the best one in this niche.
As for the Esports, Wild Rift already has a decent amount of Esports tournaments. The biggest one is an offline tournament Icons Global Championship with the prize pool of $2 million USD. The tournament features 24 teams from 8 regions.
Garena Free Fire
Free Fire is a mobile shooter battle royal game developed in 2017 by 111dots Studio. As soon as it was released, it gained a huge popularity in Asia and South Pacific countries. Only 2 years later, in 2019, it became the most downloaded mobile game globally. In that same year, Free Fire set the world record of 2 million concurrent online viewers at its peak during the Free Fire Series 2019 Rio Finals.
Therefore, it can be considered as the biggest mobile Esports game today. The biggest tournament of this game is called Free Fire World Series and it also has a prize pool of $2 million USD like the ones before.
There are plenty more Esports games but the ones mentioned above are the most popular ones. We hope you enjoyed this article. If you did, make sure to come back to Techbi for more interesting smartphone-related content.