In China and Southeast Asia, mobile esports have stood right alongside their PC and console brethren for years. While the West has yet to catch up in this area, 2019 was a significant step forward as games like Clash Royale and PUBG MOBILE helped bring new organizations, viewers, and sponsors into the mobile ecosystem. Early in my esports career I was among the naysayers, discounting the competitive merit of mobile games and wondering aloud why anyone would choose to watch or compete in Arena of Valor over League of Legends.
However, the last two years have proven that mobile esports are building up their own distinct community – a niche market that won’t be reached by traditional PC esports. Not only do these games have their own compelling competitive storylines and hype moments, but they also present a unique opportunity for brands and esports organizations alike to tap into a market they have yet to reach. Looking ahead, 2020 is set to be the biggest year for esports yet. Between new releases, new partnerships, and a better understanding of the market as a whole, these games will help propel mobile esports forward.
These are the top five rising esports mobile of 2020 – the games I predict will bring the most growth to the mobile ecosystem. League of Legends: Wild Rift Credit: Riot Games Honor of Kings and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang have proven that mobile MOBA’s (the genre dominated by League of Legends on PC) can sustain an esports ecosystem in Eastern markets, but Arena of Valor’s attempt to replicate that success in the West has been less than successful. There is a high barrier of entry in convincing a PC-focused market to commit 20-30 minutes to playing a game on a […]
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