These are the most popular eSports mobile games of 2021
Mobile gaming is on the rise, there’s no denying it, but who knew mobile gaming would find its way into eSports? According to Newzoo, there will be 3.7 billion mobile gamers worldwide by 2023, and it looks like more and more gamers are joining the eSports community, either as gamers or as viewers. The latest statistics come from Esports Charts and specifically relate to mobile eSports games. The site has ranked the top 5 eSports games on mobile, based on total hours watched of eSports matches, creating a list of the most popular eSports mobile games in 2021.
#5 India Mobile Battlegrounds
Unsurprisingly, Battlegrounds Mobile takes the bottom spot in the top 5. The game was launched in September 2020 as a PUBG adaptation after the original game was banned in India.
Since its launch, Battlegrounds Mobile India has skyrocketed by hosting various tournaments including those sponsored by Red Bull, Tesseract Esports, Skyesports, Upthrust Esports and other companies including publisher Krafton.
#4 Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor is a well-known game in the field of eSports. The game is a typical MOBA and also an international adaptation of the hugely popular Chinese game Honor of Kings. Arena of Valor actually retains its fourth position in last year’s ranking and was among the top sports in 2019. The game’s player base is mostly from Asia, but various leagues and tournaments are planned for Europe, America, the Middle East, and North Africa.
#3 Free fire
Free Fire is the controversial PUBG clone that has sparked several lawsuits over the years. Even though Free Fire is considered a scam by some, the game is still very popular, especially in India, Brazil, Latin America, and Indonesia.
Free Fire held second place in the charts in 2020 and fell one spot in 2021. In fact, the most popular esports tournament of 2021 was held in this game: Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore with 5.4 million viewers.
#2 PUBG Mobile
Here it is – the game everyone knows, and the former number 1 on that same chart – PUBG Mobile. PUBG Mobile is one of the most popular mobile games and ranks first in gaming with the most active monthly users in 2021.
Surprisingly, the battle royale title has dropped its top spot in the eSports charts, despite having tournaments held around the world – such as the PMPL 3 2021 Southeast Asia Finals and PUBG Mobile World Invitational 2021.
#1 Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is the most watched mobile eSports game of 2021. It is a testament to the importance and popularity of the eSports genre in Asia, as the main source of views in this MOBA came from South Asia. South East.
International championships and regional MPL leagues for Indonesia and the Philippines have also contributed to the popularity of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. The most popular tournament was the M3 World Championship with 3.1 million peak views.
Source – Esports Charts
So here is. The most popular mobile eSports games. Some of the entries on this list are not at all surprising, others show that competitive gaming is very popular in certain parts of the world.
All the games on this list are free, so you can check them out. Don’t worry, you don’t have to enter eSports tournaments and get wiped out by 13 year olds (which was my experience trying to play PUBG Mobile).