Mobile video games are more fun when you play them not only against AI, but against other users or friends online. It gives the real competition sensations, as competitive mobile games are now more developed than they were 4-5 years ago. Plus, there are plenty of genres to pick from. The rise of mobile esports games indicates that they are here to stay, and there are solid reasons for that. People like to compete in mobile shooters, MOBA’s, sim racings, football games, fighting, card games and more. They are usually created mimicking the console and PC variations. The best mobile esports games already have their huge fan base and millions of viewers worldwide. Let’s see which are the trendiest ones.
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
MLBB, or Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is a mobile MOBA that can be downloaded for free. However, there are in-game purchases that could cost you real funds. However, these purchases have only cosmetic importance.
The rules here are rather complicated, just like in other multiplayer online battle arena games. Players control one of the in-game characters they lock-in with. This hero has special abilities. While in competitive PC MOBA there are 5 roles in general, here you can choose one of the 6 types of heroes: “Tank”, “Marksman”, “Assassin”, “Fighter”, “Mage”, and “Support”. These roles outline which responsibilities you are going to have in the actual gameplay. The abilities are specific, but it does not prevent you from trying out this or that hero in different positions and roles. Do not worry if you are having troubles with creative plays. Just go with textbook tactics for each, and when the upcoming patches bring buffs and nerfs to special heroes, you’ll be able to understand who suits your playstyle best.
Garena Free Fire
One of the most popular and best competitive mobile games is Garena Free Fire. This is a battle royale title, which is free to play on Android and iOS. The game itself resembles the the well-known PUBG and Fortnite, but its design aesthetics differ vastly. The game had an active player base of over 80 million users over 2 years ago in 2020. One of the best things is that it is compatible for many mid-range mobile devices and runs smoothly enough with its neat graphics. Free fire has multiple gameplay modes and mechanics. Those include:
- Clash Squad;
- Rush Hour;
- Kill Secured;
The first type is just the battle royale on its very basic competition rules. There are 50 players on one server. The one who survives till the end will take the crown of the competition.
Clash Squad resembles the team deathmatch of many shooter games. Here, the kills and deaths’ ratio is critical for points distribution. Teams compete across seven rounds. You can buy weapons from the in-game cash earned through wins/kills.
If you are not willing to compete with so many players and want just a quick game, then the 20-person server is what you need, with the game mode called Rush Hour.
There are other team deathmatches that are launched temporarily. Those are Kill Secured and Big-Head. These are not ranked and therefore, cannot be used to rank up.
Raid: Shadow Legends
Raid: Shadow Legends is a turn-based mobile game that was created on January 21,2020. The developer is Plarium Games and the free to play mobile title has become an instant internet meme with its aggressive marketing, as well as in-game cosmetic monetization features.
The game gives your clan the general quest of defeating the Dark Lord and bringing peace to the land of Teleria once again, after it was subjugated by Siroth. The game offers in-game currency of silver, which can be farmed easily throughout games, and gems, that are given for special accomplishments. This mobile game has different regimes, but the most common is the multiplayer one, where you accomplish quests with your team and earn the best rewards. The game also has different levels, up to 12, with each consisting of seven stages and difficulty levels of up to 3. Champions not only earn in-game currency, but also they spend energy, which is restored slowly after playing a couple of matches. You need to use the energy wisely, in order to gain more experience.
Brawl Stars is a mobile competitive game, which is free to play. The game is available for iOS and Android. This is a vertical MOBA game, where players control heroes, called Brawlers. There are Heist, Bounty, Showdown play modes, and also the Smash and Grab scenario. The brawlers have special skill sets and range from common to legendary types of characters. You can choose one from 15 and join 3 members of your clan to play competitively with others. Brawlers play in different positions. Some are best for short range, others are for mid or long range clashes, with auto aiming and regular aiming options. While your character progresses, you need to rely on manual skills, rather than auto aiming. However, automatic aim helps in close range fights, giving slight advantage to those who use shotguns as their main brawler weapon.
A Supercell title that’s one of the best mobile esports games is called Clash Royale. The game was created in 2016 and it has seen a lot of changes, altering the vibes of the original Clash Royale. Here players go head-to-head to check their skills with Clash characters. Each participating player has 2 towers and a king at their control. The basics say, you need to take down the opponent's towers, or eliminate the king of the opponent. You can use various shooting techniques to complete your objective and become the winner.
At first the game was launched in a handful of countries only, but now you can have access to this title from the Clash universe globally. The game also enables in-store purchases, where you can buy chests and wait to get a legendary card.
League of Legends: Wild Rift
Riot’s mobile League of Legends variation is called Wild Rift. Now, it has a well-rounded esports scene, with great tournaments taking place over multiple months of the year.
The game is a strategy title, with the goal of destroying your 5-member enemy team’s nexus, with an equal number of allies competing at your side. Apart from allies as real people, you also get AI-driven minions. By killing your enemy team's minions or characters, you get gold and experience and can use them to buy items for your character’s progression in this dynamic MOBA. Just like the original LoL, the map here is divided in 3 parts, with the same layout and strategies used for winning easily against others.
Clash of Clans
Another one from our competitive mobile games list is Clash of Clans. Here your objective is to beat players of other teams and become the winning clan eventually. The game is addictive for many due to its social nature. You need to communicate with people to find yourself a clan, and that does not end just with joining a team. You have a handful of objectives here — collect, build, train and battle: something very familiar for those who like strategy games. The currencies here are also coins and energy elixirs. As creating resources is not an infinite action, you’ll have only some maximum set amount of in-game constructions.
Coming to a board game, here is Hearthstone, a multiplayer card game that enabes you to collect decks and compete for rewards like gold, dust, cards etc. The developer is Blizzard Entertainment. The game is based on World of Warcraft, as the cards and characters come from WoW’s universe. Recently the devs added another genre to this game, called mercenaries, which is an RPG card game, with various quests set to develop the player progression and enable you to take down more stronger opponents with 6 mercs of yours. Hearthstone’s fan base is quite loyal and there are competitions each season, to enable players to participate in international esports titles and win prize cash going up to $500.000 and beyond.
Call of Duty Mobile
COD Mobile is another famous title by Activision Blizzard. The game itself is a part of the Call of Duty franchise. There are esports tournaments from this discipline every year. The biggest of them kicked off this year at the end of March, with a prize pool of over 2 million dollars. Just like the other battle royale games, COD Mobile offers the last-man-standing format in all of its nuances. Players choose their operators and jump from the sky onto the land to loot-and-shoot opponents and survive staying the last one alive on the whole map.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a real hit staying on top of the mobile esports games genre, with it's classic gameplay, multiple skinline collections, refined battle royale formula, and plenty of areas on the map to explore, loot and shoot. The game’s mobile version had different launches after being banned in China. PUBG Mobile and BGMI top the chart of mobile game downloads on Android and iOS since their launch dates. KRAFTON, the developer, always brings fresh content to their battle royale project, and more and more people find interest in multiplayer entertainment that PUBG Mobile is.
What is the biggest mobile esports game?
PUBG Mobile is the top biggest mobile esports game, with 30 million active players in 2022.
How does the future of mobile esports look?
Mobile Esports looks great already in 2022 and there are promising features for it to stay parallel with PC and console esports in future too.
Can you become a pro player in a mobile game?
Yes, there are lots of chances.Top esports clubs worldwide have their mobile disciplines too, competing in titles like Free Fire, Wild Rift, PUBG Mobile or COD Mobile. There is always need of pro players, even in mobile disciplines.