The gaming and esports industry has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade and the trend is set to continue into 2021. These are the top must-haves titles if you’re planning to build a new video game library in 2021.
Esports and Video Gaming is on the verge of a generational shift in 2021, moving from a casual hobby to a highly competitive context, with professional gamers vying for the top prize money in championships of top video games. According to a report, with 1.70 crore users generating $68m revenue for esports startups for FY2020, and 123.3% growth in prize money from 2016-2018, the gaming industry appears to be in great shape. Cheap mobile data, handy mobile sets and their reach in the remotest parts are a boon for games and esports. Lockdown also bode well for the industry as many new users sitting at home took up them. From the market’s perspective, even developing countries like India have become the center of attraction for top game developing companies who want to have their footprints in the Video Games and esports industry in new markets.
Many esports competitions, which are not being broadcast in popular gaming destinations in Europe, are making their way to Indian homes via platforms like Hotstar. We can gauge the growing popularity of esports in India from the fact that PUBG Mobile World League 2020 East, which had a top prize of $100,000 and was live-streamed in India in August, saw 1.1 million viewers from the country. Here we will take you through the esports which are taking the Indian audience by the storm.
The Keanu Reeves featuring Cyberpunk 2077 has taken the Indian Gaming Industry by storm since its release in December last year. The much-awaited game is an open-world game that centers around the Night City and the player plays as V, a mercenary outlaw who tries to recover a one-of-a-kind implant that happens to be the key to immortality.
At the moment Cyberpunk 2077 is a single-player game but the company is working on bringing in a multi-player option. Cyberpunk 2077 was released for PlayStation4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia players.
CS GO (Counter Strike Global Offensive)
When the game was launched in India in August 2012, the online gaming industry was new in the country and there were not many takers. But CS GO gained popularity quickly and at one point, it was offering more prize money than PUBG in the competitive esports in India. The game is a part of ESL India Premiership, the oldest running esports competition in the country, and is available only on PCs and consoles.
Recently, esports firm Esports Club announced the Dell TEC Pro League, a five-month tournament with a prize purse of Rs15 lakh. One of India’s most successful CS GO players is Ankit Panth, who is also known as ‘V3nom’.
Though not as popular as PUBG or CS GO, DOTA 2 remains as one of the most played esport and a hit top video game among new and old players in 2021. The team-based multiplayer game was launched by US-based Valve Corporation in July 2013. The features of iconic heroes and tough game-play strategy helped the DOTA 2 gain immense popularity in little time.
As its popularity grew, sponsors also came, and the prize money for DOTA 2’s international events crossed the 34-million mark in 2019.
Their prize purse of $300,000 for April 2019 in Mumbai was the biggest esports prize money in India at that time.
Krish Gupta and Amit Malwal are two well-known DOTA 2 players from India. Amit and his team also won the ESL India Premiership in 2019.
Football is one of the most popular sports in India, so it was obvious a soccer-based esports would become popular. FIFA 21, owned by Electronic Arts, hosts a series of the most popular tournaments and series in the world.
The game’s first edition, launched in September 2018, became famous for its realistic graphics of real players with their skills.
The game is available in Ultimate Team mode, where 100 iconic players are available for gamers, and Career Mode, which has a revamped interactive match simulation mode other than many innovations.
StarCraft was launched in 1998 and it is regarded as one of the earliest esport video games in the world. On the global stage, but also in India, the game laid the foundation of esports and contributed to its popularity. Its latest version – StatCraft: Remastered was launched in August 2017.
The new version has up-to-date graphics and revised dialogue and audio.
It is a real-time strategy esports series where players collect resources, construct bases and attack enemies. They pick between three factions which have their strengths and weaknesses.