This past year we have seen two Esports experience incredible growth, Overwatch and Fortnite. These titles received multi-million investments and reached global audiences whilst stepping into the public eye, something that is vital for the growth of Esports.
While most eyes will be focusing on the chunk of prize money in Fornite and the expansion of League of Legends and Overwatch, I’ve picked up some newer Esports titles to keep an eye on.
#3 – Artifact:
Artifact is a card playing game that is a collaboration between popular game designer Richard Garfield and Valve, Artifact offers the deepest gameplay and the highest-fidelity experience that players will ever witness in a trading card game.
There’s a lot of assumptions surrounding this game, due to it being created by Valve who have provided fantastic Esports support to their previous titles; Counter Strike and Dota. For those hoping to compete in this game, it’s looking good so far with multiple high-value tournaments being run, right now it’s just a matter of determining the player pool, best format and going from there.
#2 – Clash Royale:
The CRL (Clash Royale League) was a late addition in a year that was filled with pro league launches but with teams like Cloud9, FNATIC, Liquid, Immortals and 100 Thieves taking place, it has allowed the developers to build a solid infrastructure with strong credibility moving forward.
The CRL was appealing to organisations as it opened up sponsorship opportunities with smartphone brands and it has a global following due to being a solely mobile game that is easy to access.
#1 – Call of Duty: Black Ops 4:
Despite Blackout, their battle royale mode struggling to dethrone Fortnite, it is certainly poised for a successful 2019 Season as an Esport. The first event of the 2019 Call of Duty World League (CWL) took place in the early days of December and managed to obtain 1.49million hours watched on twitch, compared to the same event last year, this is almost doubled.
Call of Duty has been a staple in Esports for many years now but always struggled to make the breakthrough. Now that there’s a well-balanced, truly competitive game available and the foundations for a successful league that could move to franchising, Call of Duty Esports has everything it needs to make the breakthrough.