4 June 2018
Eds: Rush recently announced that their headline sponsor was going to be Vodacom 4U, and also announced mobile titles like Fortnite as being among some of the esports that would take place at the event. Notwithstanding the game mode chosen, there was a lot of discussion around the place of mobile games in South African esports. We asked axtremes to investigate.
Many would argue that the PC platform is the true home of esports. Console players would argue for their box of choice in either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Very few local esports fans would likely think of mobile gaming and esports as being the best marriage. Outside of our borders however, mobile esports is enjoying huge support amongst players and tournament providers alike.
Big online, but small in the hands
Yes, phones are rather smaller than PCs, that’s for sure. With the massive leaps in mobile technology over the past few years, the processing power of phones has experienced a similar jump in performance. Mobile CPUs and mobile GPUs of the last generation or three are capable of running games as resource intensive as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale. The fact that PUBG runs better on mobile seemingly than on my GTX 1080 is somewhat galling and speaks a lot about both the developer optimization and power of phones. Both games seem destined to become major esports titles, with the full force of their enormous player bases and the financial might of their development houses behind them. Whether anyone likes it or not.
Mobile esports is a massive growth market. Partially because mobile gaming in general is huge worldwide and partially because there are games out there that have specifically targeted esports success. Titles like Vainglory and Clash Royale are pushing mobile esports forward with large tournaments and the buy-in of big name esports teams. In China there are widely popular titles like the Counter-Strike aping, CrossFire mobile. According to developer, Smilegate, it is the most popular FPS game in the world with over 8 million concurrent users and 650 million registered players. This is a game that has a PC and a mobile version, both of which have held esports events.
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