14) PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)
Most Popular Esports in the World Right Now
Editor’s note: To establish this ranking, an esport’s “popularity” is ascertained by combining the average total amount of hours viewed on Twitch over a period, total prize pools and tournament numbers, and in certain cases, introducing player base as a parameter.
Despite only recently launching as a fully released game and still experiencing its fair share of performance issues, PUBG is quickly asserting itself in the esports scene. Should we really be surprised? It absolutely smashed record after record of peak concurrent player counts last year among amateur gamers, and twitch numbers were also through the roof with respect to average viewer counts. Logistical difficulties make 100 player battle royale games hard to organize tournaments for, but 37 have been successfully run so far. The prize pool total numbers $1.9 million, and we haven’t even scratched the surface of what will surely be an influx of PUBG tournaments moving forward. Later this year, the PUBG Global Invitational 2018 is going to be held in Berlin and features a $2 million prize pool.