The game developer Super Evil Megacorp wants to show that mobile game VainGlory has a place as an esport. A $140,000 world championship with 12 competing teams is undoubtedly a step in the right direction.
This year’s World Championship will see a small addition of $20,00 to its prize pool, which is a lot for a mobile gaming tournament. Another change is the location that has been moved from Hollywood to Singapore, where the game first was released.
VainGlory is played on iOS and Android devices and is a so-called multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). However, the gameplay differs a bit from the established MOBA games LoL and Dota 2. The main difference between VainGlory compared to other MOBA’s is that a match duration is 30 minutes instead of 60+ minutes.
Mobile battle arena games such as VainGlory have become insanely popular, and the mobile gaming industry is estimated to hit a turnover of 48 billion dollars by the year 2020. Although VainGlory is a mega-hit, it’s far from the most prominent mobile game. Honor of Kings is currently the king of mobile battle arena games, especially in China where 50 million people play it actively.
A new aspect to VainGlory is that a 5v5 mode is going to be launched, a meta changer for sure. The steps towards becoming more like LoL and Dota 2 are distinct, and time will tell if it’s the right move.