Esports aren’t going anywhere and have continued to grow in popularity in 2018, and beyond. Here are the 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.
Most Popular Esports in the World Right Now
15. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)
Should we really be surprised? It absolutely smashed record after record of peak concurrent player counts in 2017 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, which is why it cracks our list of the most popular esports.
That said, Fortnite has certainly eclipsed PUBG in overall popularity, and Call of Duty’s Blackout mode is quickly gaining steam as well. We’ll have to see how things shake out in 2019 for all three of these games and re-evaluate then.