The growing industry of esports boasts titles which have become household names even for those not interested in the industry.
People across the world know what Fortnite is, or how lucrative being a success at Call of Duty can be. Other games, such as Dota 2 and League of Legends, offer gamers huge opportunities to earn money, fame and respect. Every year, new titles become popular and as the big esports teams put players into the competition, popularity increases.
Many games have to remain fresh by adding season updates and changes. Fortnite is especially good at this, developing a story of sorts at the same time as keeping the content new and exciting. Other titles, such as FIFA, remain very much the same in terms of core physics and offerings, only really changing rosters from year to year. Whilst these games, and others, have a monopoly on the competition now, wannabe games are appearing all the time, looking to be the next big hit in the world of esports.
Which titles are likely to break through and become popular, both with gamers and advertisers? We are going to look at a handful here which could well be the next ‘big thing’ in the world of esports.
Quake is a shooter which is well known to gamers, having been around for the best part of two decades now. Quake Champions dropped in 2017, but recently publisher Bethesda has announced they will be holding a Quake Pro League, with 20 players coming together to compete. Whilst it feels like humble beginnings for a behemoth of the shooter genre, the game’s popularity is bound to see the Pro League grow exponentially, which could drive it up the eSports industry.
Halo is another long-standing shooter with a huge reputation with gamers, stretching back as far as the turn of the century when it dropped as an Xbox launch title. The game’s theme has been mimicked and built upon ever since: alien beings and space exploration have formed the basis for games going back as far as technology allows. That started with 8-bit machines and games such as Exile, right through to Destiny and Mass Effect on the current generation of consoles. The same can be said for mobile devices, with space and themes of interstellar activity permeating into titles of all genres. Some of the slot titles on gaming platform Foxy Games lean heavily on space exploration, including Fluffy in Space and Space Digger. Even one of the very earliest games on machines, Space Invaders, obviously drew inspiration from alien beings. Halo Infinite drops before the turn of 2021 and it promises to quickly ascend the esports world.
Warcraft III: Reforged
Warcraft III: Reforged is a remaster of the classic Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos which also dropped at the turn of the century, much like Halo. The original is still a beloved title today, but tweaks to the re-release make for a more positive multiplayer experience, which is good news in terms of esports. Blizzard, the game’s developer, has already partnered with ESL to hold global competitions, and the enduring legacy from the past two decades, combined with the new, fresh drive for competition, promises to put this title right at the top of the esports world.