Mobile Esports Games 2021

While PC and console gaming are already fixtures, mobile esports is quickly taking over. In 2020, mobile gaming tournaments even overtook several classic PC esports, offering similar prize pools and sometimes rivalling prize money and audience size. Mobile esports are particularly popular in countries like China and Thailand, and, with the launch of esports games like League of Legends: Wild Rift on mobile, together with the PUBG Mobile Pro League in 2021, we expect to see the world of mobile esports really take over.

Mobile Esports Games List

  1. PUBG Mobile
  2. Garena Free Fire
  3. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
  4. King of Glory
  5. Clash Royale
  6. Brawl Stars
  7. Magic: The Gathering
  8. Call of Duty Mobile
  9. Clash of Clans

 

The Most Popular Mobile Esports Games in 2021

These are great times for mobile esports gaming. With this in mind, we've listed the top ten most popular competitive mobile games below.

1.    PUBG Mobile

PUBG is available on several platforms, including PlayStation, PC, and Xbox. However, the developers at Bluehole Studios have decided that they will focus on PUBG mobile for esports. In 2020, the esport saw an estimated 134.5 million hours of audience time, beating another esports shooter, Garena Free Fire. The PUBG Mobile World Championship was also held in January 2021, becoming one of the top five most watched tournaments overall, including for PC gaming. PUBG Mobile hosts tournaments in the Middle East, including countries like UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt.

The PMCO series (PUBG Mobile Club Open) was one of the most popular esports tournaments ever. PMCO 2020 was held in 14 regions, including India, where it had a peak viewership of 87K people.

Meanwhile, the PMPL also got plenty of traction for both its spring and fall editions. PUBG streams are available on Twitch, while viewers can also watch live on Nimo TV.

Where to Bet on PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile is also popular for betting. While it is not available at all bookies, you can find it at select betting sites, including:

  1. Unikrn
  2. Loot.bet
  3. VulkanBet
  4. Vie.Bet
  5. 1xBet

You can find our guide to PUBG betting here.

 

2.    Garena Free Fire

Esports for Garena Free Fire saw a huge growth in hours watched in 2020. The 2020 Free Fire Continental Series Asia was the esport’s most watched event, with a peak of 2.5 million viewers. The latter amounted to an even bigger audience than the Latin American edition, where the game is most popular. Meanwhile, the Asian and American divisions were the second and third most popular esports tournaments in the world, including PC esports. As PUBG was banned in India, Garena quickly took its place, becoming the most popular mobile esports shooter.

Where to Bet on Garena Free Fire

At this moment only a handful of bookmakers like Rivalry and Betway offer bets for Garena Free Fire however this will certainly change in the near future.

Read our comprehensive guide to Garena Free Fire betting here.

 

3.    Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang from the Chinese developer Moonton saw huge success, particularly in Asia. Fans can now watch tournaments live on Nimo TV and even TikTok. ML:BB is steadily taking over in Indonesia and is also becoming increasingly popular in the rest of Southeast Asia. There are currently leagues in the Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Each new tournament manages to break records in terms of viewership.

MPL even managed to become the second most popular esports league in the world, surpassed only by the LoL LCK Korean league. The M2 World Championship 2020 for the CIS region saw the sport gaining popularity in Russia as well.

Where to Bet on ML:BB

As far as we can tell, few bookies are offering bets on ML:BB. However, we can confirm that Loot.bet is one available option.

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4.   Arena of Valor / King of Glory

Arena of Valor and its sister game King of Glory are two of the most popular esports games in the world. While KoG is only available in China, its skin Arena of Valor for the rest of the world draws some of the biggest audiences for mobile esports. 2020 was also a great year for both games.

AoV in 2020

While AoV was the number mobile esport in 2019, it only climbed to fourth place in 2020. Still, its viewership increased by 30% in just one year, meaning the esport will be here for a while. A lot had to do with the a decreased number of tournaments in 2020, which was mainly a result of the pandemic. The game is most popular in Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Thailand, and Taiwan. The 2020 Arena of Valor International Championship managed to increase to 568K viewers.

KoG in 2020

King of Glory also had a decent 2020, in spite of lockdowns and other restrictions. The King Pro League was forced to move online, meaning we do not know the exact viewership. Still, the game is ultra-popular in China and has fans all around the world. Read our MOBA esports guide to learn more.

Where to Bet on Arena of Valor / King of Glory

AoV betting and KoG betting is available at many esports betting sites. We have listed our top 6 recommendations below:

  1. Unikrn
  2. Rivalry
  3. Loot.bet
  4. Pinnacle
  5. William Hill
  6. Luckbox

5.   Clash Royale

Clash Royale by Supercell maintained its ranking at number 5. While it could not make any positional gains, its hours watched increased by 31.3%. However, Clash Royale League World Finals 2020 only managed to get 112K viewers at its highest point, a lower figure than that of 2019. In fact, the release of LoL: Wild Rift esports already overtook Clash Royale at the end of 2020 in terms of peak viewership.

 

6.    Brawl Stars

Fight game Brawl Stars saw its own records set in 2020. This mobile esport manages to get 280 thousand peak viewers for the Brawl Stars World Finals 2020, with the main prize of 200 thousand dollars going to PSG Esports. The most popular stream languages were English and Turkish. Meanwhile, prizes were offered in the form of a pin just for watching, which must have greatly boosted viewership. The game is very popular with Street Fighter fans, so we expect more from it in 2020.

 

7.    Magic: The Gathering

Magic the Gathering is a bit of an oddball in the esports world, though Hearthstone betting is a popular category with many punters, with the latter game based around a very similar theme and structure. Magic: The Gathering enjoyed a peak viewership of 41.5K in December 2020, which is when they held the Zendicar Rising Championship. The Magic 2020 Season Grand Finals were also moderately successful, with 29.7K peak viewers in October.

 

8.    Call of Duty Mobile

Call of Duty is already popular on PC and consoles, with CoD mobile esports also having gained traction in 2020. For example, COD Mobile World Championship 2020 for the SEA region had a peak viewership of 38,083 and 335,513 hours viewed on Twitch. Similar stats were achieved for their US and Europe divisions.

Where to Bet on CoD Mobile

Most esports betting sites and plenty of mainstream bookies offer bets on Call of Duty, including mobile tournaments. Some of the top sites for CoD betting include:

  1. bet365
  2. Unikrn
  3. Betway
  4. Pinnacle
  5. BetOnline.ag

9.    Clash of Clans

Another game by Supercell, Clash of Clans esports also had a decent year in 2020, despite pandemic-related restrictions. The 2020 Clash of Clans World Championship had a peak viewership over 80.7K, and records over 443K hours watched on Twitch.

 

Major Mobile Esports Tournaments in 2021

Mobile esports are booming, perhaps even rivalling, if not overtaking major esports like League of Legends, Dota 2 or CS:GO. Here are some of the top esports tournaments players can look forward to in 2021.

The PUBG Mobile Pro League in 2021

PUBG is very serious about its mobile esports league. The league has divisions in several continents, including PMPL Americas, EMEA League, and South Asia League. There are also two world leagues: World League West and World League East. On top of all this, there is a Club Open for CIS, DE, Egypt, Europe, Iraq, ME-AF, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. There is also a Global Championship set to take place.

PUBG is offering a total of $14 million of prizes in 2021, making it one of the top mobile esports in the world, with prize pools reflecting PC game tournaments.

 

The Clash Royale League in 2021

The Clash Royale League (CRL) will see a brand new format in 2021. The esport will go back to its roots, with a 1v1 competition format, as well as the new Best of 3 Duel format. The competition is open to all players from anywhere in the world, and the total prize pool is set at over $1.6 million USD.

Players can try to make it to the top-1000 on the Global leader board, with monthly qualifiers for the 2021 CRL Global Finals. At the time of writing this article, the league has already started, beginning on 4th January 2021.

 

The 2021 Call of Duty Mobile World Championship

While the CoD Mobile World Championship was cancelled in 2020 due to pandemic-related restrictions, the league will be back in 2021. The exact date and format have not been announced yet, but we expect Activision to announce updates in the near future.

 

League of Legends: Wild Rift Esports in 2021

League of Legends: Wild Rift already experienced moderate success as an esport in 2020, even though the game has not been released everywhere. The esport will see its first major tournament in Southeast Asia, with more details about the tournament to follow soon. Meanwhile, the game has been approved in China, so we can expect tournaments there too.

 

Garena Free Fire Esports in 2021

Garena Free Fire is still be virtually unknown in North America and Europe; however, this mobile battle royale game is still one of the most popular games for mobile esports in the world. The game still thrives in India and is popular throughout Southeast Asia. Free Fire esports will have divisions in two countries: India and Malaysia. You can find out more about India esports betting here.

 

Mobile Esports Platforms

Mobile esports are becoming increasingly available on different platforms, many of which are used for more than one game, for example Capsl or Skillz. These allow for easy organisation of tournaments and integration of rankings. For instance, Capsl’s Baash lets players compete in various mobile esports tournaments. Meanwhile, Game.tv has become the world’s number 1 esports platform, with over 11 million players, hosting games like Garena Free Fire, Brawl Stars, Clash Royale, and Call of Duty: Mobile. You can even play create your own tournaments at Game.tv.

 

Mobile Esports Games FAQs

Which mobile games have esports?

The following mobile games will hold professional leagues in 2021:

  • PUBG Mobile
  • Garena Free Fire
  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
  • Arena of Valor
  • King of Glory
  • Clash Royale
  • Brawl Stars
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Call of Duty Mobile
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift

 

What is the esports mobile game of the year 2020?

PUBG was the most popular mobile esport in 2020, with an estimated 134.5 million hours of viewtime, beating Garena Free Fire.

 

How do I get into PUBG mobile esports?

To get into PUBG mobile esports, simply follow the steps outlined below:

  • Step 1: Register your team for any event.
  • Step 2: Sign up for the competition.
  • Step 3: Compete!

You can find the full details at ESLgaming.com.

What is the biggest mobile esport?

In terms of prize money, PUBG is set to be the biggest mobile esport in 2021, with $14 million in prize money. In 2020, it was the biggest mobile esport in terms of viewership.

 

Why is the future of esports mobile?

Mobile gaming is slowly overtaking PC and console gaming, so it is only natural that mobile esports will follow. Mobile games are improving all the time, with the quality of games available starting to rival their console counterparts. With the advent of 5G, better games and industry support, you can expect more mobile versions of all your favourite esports in the future.

 

What is the best mobile esports shooter?

PUBG Mobile is the top esports shooter, though Garena Free Fire and Call of Duty Mobile are also very popular.

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