Mobile esports - Competition at your fingertips

Novice 30.03.2021

esports. Right now you are probably thinking about huge PC rigs with lots of blinking lights, the newest graphics cards and expensive gaming chairs. That’s the predominant image whenever esports gets mentioned in the news or elsewhere. As cool as that image is, it’s also pretty intimidating for newcomers.

What if you wanted to get into esports, but just can’t afford the hardware to play games in 120 FPS? Is there a better, more accessible way? The answer is yes! With mobile esports! paysafecard is honoured to be a sponsor of the ESL Mobile Open and the ESL Mobile Open Challenge. Let’s take a look at the history of mobile esports and the big games that are being played.

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A look back at the beginnings

Who doesn’t own a smartphone these days? These little supercomputers with their apps are the perfect platform for esports. The early days of mobile esports can be found in Asia. Countries such as South Korea, Japan and nowadays China started playing games competitively on their phones long before the West caught up. Internet-enabled mobile phones have been a thing in Japan for a very long time, while most of European users were playing Snake on their Nokia 3310.

Hence, the oldest mobile esports titles are also the games particularly popular in Asia, such as MOBA, RTS games and puzzle games. Ever heard of Arena of Valor or Honor of Kings? This mobile MOBA from China was the biggest mobile esports game in the entire world at one point. The puzzle game Monster Strike on the other hand is from Japan. With phones getting better and mobile internet connections more solid every year, mobile esports has become more and more viable, which in turn makes companies release more competitive games.

What does mobile esports look like today?

Big screens, solid connections, ever-better hardware and everyone owns a phone or tablet; the perfect conditions for professional and competitive esports. These days, there’s a great mix of different genres represented in the scene. RTS strategy like Clash Royale is right next to the Battle Royale game PUBG Mobile or the excellent MOBA adaptation League of Legends: Wild Rift. Even FPS games can be played competitively on phones, as Call of Duty Mobile proves.

ESL Mobile Open and ESL Mobile Challenge

ESL is the world’s biggest esports company and has just announced their plans for the upcoming seasons. With North America, Europe, Middle East-North Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, mobile esports is truly going global for the first time.

Each season consists of two competitive tiers. The ESL Mobile Open is open to everyone, whilst the all-new ESL Mobile Challenge pits the best players in the world against each other in the next step on the journey to win the big prize. The games that are being played are Brawl Stars, Clash of Clans, Asphalt 9: Legends, PUBG Mobile and Clash Royale. You think you’ve got what it takes to take part? Download the games now and start working on those competitive skills! *Check availability in your local Google Play Store