These Esports Will Be Massive In The Next Decade

Via Forbes, a projection of three (3) Esports that may be massive franchise in the next decade:

As 2019 comes to a close its difficult not to look back and appreciate just how crazy the past decade has been for the world of esports. 10 years ago the esports industry was tiny in comparison to what it is today, Dota 2 and Counter-Strike Global Offensive hadn’t even been released, and the first League of Legends World Championship was still more than a year away. Now millions watch esports events every single day, with the industry generating billions of dollars over the last 10 years and things are only going to grow from here. 

The cornerstone of the esports industry is the games that are played in front of millions of fans, and new titles are always being released in the hope of becoming future esports. It’s impossible to predict which titles will end the 2020s as the most popular, chances are some of them haven’t even begun development yet, but there are some titles that have already created an esports community and look set to reach the very top tier of esports over the next decade. 

Call of Duty 

Call of Duty is one of the oldest esports that still has a decent sized fan base, having been around since the mid 00s, but it looks like the 2020s will be the decade where Call of Duty once again returns to the very top of the esports world. Over recent years the Call of Duty World League has added more of a structure to the pro CoD scene, but from 2020 that league will become franchised, much like the Overwatch League. This further stability for players and organisations should help grow the scene and increase viewership. If the league manages to stick around for a while then Call of Duty should reach a similar level to the Overwatch League in the coming years.  

Rocket League 

Rocket League has everything going for it. It’s not violent, it’s super easy to understand and consistently entertaining. The fact it isn’t already a truly top level esport is somewhat surprising! Psyonix had done a great job with the RLCS so far, and things continue to grow at a decent pace which should mean that in the coming years things really start to take off for Rocket League. It’s family friendly gameplay means that if it does continue to grow there is no reason why it couldn’t be the most popular esport in the world. 

PUBG Mobile 

Many people have made bets on mobile esports over the past 10 years but none have really worked out that well when it comes to the Western world. However, PUBG Mobile could be the one to change that. PUBG itself is incredibly popular in the West already, and the mobile version has millions of players as well. The early competitions for PUBG Mobile have had decent viewership and been entertaining, but have certainly felt like events that are still trying to figure out the best way to do everything. Give the game a little more time to figure out the best way to do events and there is no reason why PUBG Mobile can’t be the mobile game that finally breaks into the Western market in a big way.

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