Esports on the move: The best of mobile esports

The rise of esports has managed to attract the attention of many large gaming companies that have made a name for themselves in computer games, and the mobile gaming sector has managed to receive a lot of investments in this regard.

Today, we will review the mobile games that have managed to appeal to large audiences in the mobile game esports industry.

1 - Clash Royale

Clash Royale is a free strategy video game first released by Supercell on March 2, 2016. The game contains most of the characters from Clash of Clans, another game which became popular upon its release. The game was developed and published by Supercell. It is a strategy-based card game.

Credit: Supercell

Class Royale made its first entry into the esports business on August 20, 2018. In the system called Clash League Royale, there are leagues with teams from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and China regions.

The Crown Championship World Finals 2017 is the first worldwide tournament in the history of Clash Royale esports. The prize pool of the tournament was $400,000, and the winner was the Mexican player "SergioRamos".

2 - Brawl Stars

Brawl Stars is a fast-paced freemium multiplayer real-time strategy game that was first released in beta by Supercell on June 15, 2017. The global release date is December 12, 2018. The game was released in China on June 9, 2020. The Chinese version of the game is an independent application and has dedicated Chinese servers.

November and December 2018 were the qualifying rounds for the first tournament organized under the Brawl Stars, Esports. The remaining 8 teams to the finals competed in Dortmund, Germany on February 2-3, 2019.

Credit: Supercell

The first World Championship was held in 2019 in 3 stages. August and September 2019, the first stage was the regional qualifiers, which were conducted online. The teams that reached the final in the regional qualifiers finished 2nd. The following teams competed in the heats and the regional champions qualified to compete in the final held on November 15-16, 2019 in South Korea.

Nova Esports became the first world champion and also the team to receive the largest share of the $ 250,000 prize by defeating Animal Chanparu from Japan 3-0 in the final.

3- PUBG Mobile

PUBG: Battlegrounds, also known as PUBG, is a multiplayer video game published by Bluehole.

In the game, close to 100 (up to 100) players start the game inside a plane with a designated route. They jump out of the plane at any time and land on any position on the island with their parachutes.

The main goal of the players is to be the last player standing by killing other players with various weapons they find from various places and not die.

Credit: Tencent Games

During the game, the safe area on the island's map starts to get smaller and smaller. As the map gets smaller, players concentrate on a smaller area, and it becomes easier for them to see each other and eliminate them. The last surviving player/team in the game wins the game.

March 19, 2018, PUBG Mobile released the game for free for Android and IOS platforms after making its debut in China on February 9, 2018, with the increase of mobile battle-royale games.

In August 2017 Gamescom event, Bluehole and ESL held the first PUBG invitation tournament with a prize pool of $350,000. Separate events were held for solo players, two-person teams, two-person teams fixed on a first-person perspective, and four-person teams. Three matches took place in each event, and the player or team that received the highest score in all three were named winners.

4 - League of Legends: Wild Rift

League of Legends: Wild Rift is a multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games for Android, iOS and unspecified consoles. The game is a mobile version of the PC game League of Legends.

Credit: Riot Games

Similar to the PC game League of Legends, players control a character with unique abilities and fight against a team of players or AI-controlled units with the goal of destroying the main base of the opposing team.

The game has a type of tournament called the Wild Rift Championship or WCS for short and includes leagues such as Japan, North America, Brasil, EMEA, Korea and SEA.

5 - Hearthstone

Hearthstone is a free-to-play digital card collectible game developed by Blizzard Entertainment.

In March 2013, the game was announced at the Penny Arcade Expo with the subtitle Heroes of Warcraft, and in January 2014, it was released in open beta. It was released on the Microsoft Windows and macOS operating systems in March 2014.

Then it was also developed and released for iOS and Android systems. The game also supports cross-platform gameplay. When you log in to the game with the same username on the computer while playing on the mobile phone, the game on your mobile phone continues on the computer where it left off.

Credit: Blizzard Entertainment

The official World Championship of Hearthstone is being held since 2014 and the tournament has a system that gathers the best 8 players in the world to compete, 2 players each from the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and China regions. Prize pool changes nearly every year and it was $500,000 for the 2020 Hearthstone World Championship.

The fact that people can play games thanks to their phones which they always carry with them, has given the entire esports industry the ability to reach large audiences quickly and easily, and these games that we are counting today are among the first that come to mind when it comes to mobile esports.

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