With the exception of Vainglory, few mobile games have managed to make their mark in the world of mainstream esports. However, 2017 was a pretty eventful year for competitive mobile games, and many have set their eyes on 2018 as the year that mobile games will finally have their breakthrough in esports.
Supercell's newest game, Brawl Stars, is still in soft launch, but expectations are already high for this competitive hero-based shooter. Supercell certainly has the branding and the financial backing to get some serious Brawl Stars competitions off the ground. If Supercell really wants the game to become an esport, the game will need to direct its focus towards building an audience for Brawl Stars on Twitch.
Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor has only just launched in the U.S., but the game already has a huge following in Asia, with its championship competitions in 2016 garnering over 70 million viewers. If Tencent can build on that audience in the west, Arena of Valor could very well be a huge contender for the next big mobile esport.
Guns of Boom
Guns of Boom is getting serious about esports, as we previously reported, teaming up with established esports teams and adding a new spectator mode to the game. Guns of Boom has built itself quite an audience since it launched earlier this year. The game's easy to learn and fun to watch, and if these new features can draw viewers to the game, Guns of Boom could very well establish itself as a successful mobile esport.
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