When you think of what the most popular esport is, you'd definitely think of titles like League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and perhaps even Overwatch. Want to dig deeper? Maybe you're a diehard DOTA 2 fan and would vote for that game. Not your cup of tea? Maybe you'd be using your ballot to support the FGC and would put your check mark next to Street Fighter V.
Nope. None of those. The votes are in for the AMD Esports Audience Award and the winner is...
That's right. The mobile battle arena created by SUPERCELL has taken home the hardware and according to the AMD Esports Audence Award, is the most popular esport right now.
This was not the only award given out all night, but it was the only esport award at the BAFTAs. Overwatch was the proud recipient of the Best Multiplayer Game award and Rocket League picked up the Best Evolving Game award, but when it comes to esports; Clash Royale stood on top.
The awards were chosen off of fan votes, not by a panel or by executives. Fans, like yourself, voted a mobile game as the most popular esport.
Not League of Legends wherein 2016 the total prize pool for the 2016 World Championship amassed over $5 million USD while filling up venues such as The Staples Center and Madison Square Garden. Not Counter-Strike: Global Offensive where the game recently broke Twitch's streaming record of reaching over 1 million concurrent viewers during the ELeague Major. None of those. Clash Royale.
Clash Royale, in case you didn't know, is a free-to-play game that combines both tower defense game elements as well as card game elements into one. The game which was released on March 2, 2016, is downloadable on both Android and IOS.
In terms of tournament success, the biggest event Clash Royale has had was the King's Cup which was broadcast live on YouTube Gaming inside of the Jet Center in Los Angeles. The Jet Center seats less than five hundred people, for what it's worth.
So how does a game like Clash Royale become the most popular esport according to fans? Maybe it's because you can take the game on the go. Maybe it's because the average match lasts no more than four minutes.
Or maybe, just maybe, the esports community has proven to be a troll once again.
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