Anyone, who has even the slightest idea about computer games, has heard about the fame of Counter Strike and Dota 2. These are two legendary online games that have drawn the most players and prize money over the years.
They still reign supreme when it comes to professional tournaments and remunerations but other games have also cropped up vying for attention. Though it might still be a while before these juggernauts are challenged professionally, the movement has begun.
This article is about those games that are gradually drawing a crowd and could become a potential competition to the fame of CSGO and Dota 2 in the future.
This team-based online multiplayer first-person-shooter game was developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment in May 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Blizzard Entertainment had faded from the online scene with the wane of World of Warcraft’s popularity. And after the unsuccessful run of the Diablo series, the company was on the edge of shutdown when Overwatch came to the rescue.
Overwatch has become one of the highest played online games and Blizzard, encouraged by the popularity, has even started hosting professional tournaments that have become quite successful.
This is the latest rage in the online gaming world. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is an online multiplayer battle royale game developed and published by PUBG Corp and is available only for PC. The game was launched in March 2017 and is still in its beta phase.
That has not stopped PUBG from becoming the most played game with the highest concurrent players on Steam, beating the likes of Dota 2 and CSGO.
The players are air-dropped onto an island where they have to find weapons and equipment that they would use to survive and be the last man standing. The simple yet engaging format of the game has been the primary reason for its rapid ascent to the top of the list.
3. Rocket League
Rocket League is termed as a vehicular football game developed and published by Psyonix. The game is available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
This has to be the most innovative game in this whole list as it puts players in rocket-powered cars playing 3-a-side football.
The game can be played across online platforms, which increases the total player base and competitiveness of the community.
Camping or the act of staying hidden in one place waiting for enemies to appear in the scope has forever been looked down upon in the FPS community.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege shatters this belief and turns out to be a game, which rewards patience and strategy, to a point that it becomes an integral part of the gameplay.
This tactical shooter game, developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, has become quite popular. Players have to strategize with their team members and plan their way to take down their enemies. Sounds like fun!
Battlefield 1 is a first-person-shooter game developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Like all the other games in this list, Battlefield 1 prioritizes teamwork and is set in the premises of the WWI.
The list of Battlefield games has been long and this one is the fifteenth title in the series. By choosing the first World War as the backdrop, it is certain that EA has decided to take a jump back to the era when machine guns were first used in a war. With tanks, cars and the very first kinds of assault rifles, this game is for those who want to experience the most devastating war man has waged on Earth.
Summing it up
Dota 2 and CSGO have reigned supreme for as long as the pro gaming scene has been around and one could attribute the advent of the gaming age to them.
But it's time for other games like the ones I just mentioned to share the glory and enrich the world of gaming.
Let us know which of these five games you would choose to play next.