Niko Partners is a market research and consulting firm based in Asia, which specializes in the sector of gaming and esports. According to their most recent 45-page report, the Mobile esports industry has generated $15.3 billion in revenue last year. The market intelligence firm predicts that mobile gaming is the fastest-growing sector when it comes to the global esports scene. This means that we can expect massive regional as well as global mobile esports tournaments coming our way in the upcoming years.
The steep climb in numbers remains constant when it comes to the number of players who are now engaging in mobile games because most of the popular titles are free to play and can be accessed easily as all you need is a mobile phone and an internet connection. Pc and console gaming involves comparatively more number of variables than mobile gaming which makes up for the major reason why people are looking up to playing mobile games on a competitive level as well.
“Mobile esports tournaments will engage consumers not only as spectators but as participants,” said Niko Partners managing partner Lisa Hanson.
Based on statistics, China is the largest market for both mobile and PC esport games, accounting for $5.6 billion and $6.4 billion respectively. League of Legends remains the leading PC esport game, having grossed $1.9 billion last year down from $2.1 billion the year prior. Most of us are aware of how popular this game is owing to its twitch viewership counts which remain at an all-time high except times when major events are taking place. Despite being the most viewed and the highest revenue-generating game on Pc, Riot Games’ MOBA falls short in front of Tencent’s mobile title Arena of Valor which grossed $2.5 billion in 2018. When it comes to PC, the most popular esports titles are League of Legends, Dota2, Counter-Strike Global Offensive, Fortnite and so on. But the mobile gaming world is fighting back with well-established titles like PUBG Mobile, Arena of Valor, Clash Royale, Brawl Stars, Mobile Legends and many more anticipated titles like Call of Duty awaiting their global release.
The healthy competition between PC/Console gaming and Mobile gaming brings only good news to the community as the entire scene is growing and more people, organizations and nations are getting involved, hence it only gives us confidence when we tell it to the world that Gaming is the next big thing!