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Have you noticed how many video game genres have evolved in the past few decades? ESports, video games played in professional competitions, have also manifested in several major genres. If you still have no idea what they are, let’s explore these 5 exciting genres of eSports!

Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA)

Multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) is one of the most popular eSports genres. This game is played by two teams competing to conquer the opponent’s base on a designed battlefield with various opportunities and obstacles. Each unit consists of specific roles according the character’s skill set. If you are interested in MOBA, here’s the list: Mobile Legends, Dota 2, League of Legends, SMITE, Heroes of the Storm, and Arena of Valor.

First-Person Shooters

First-person shooter (FPS) is a game where the players use first-person perspective to fight in battles with long-ranged or short-ranged weapons. This game brings us an authentic experience of thrilling combat! ESports of this game are usually performed by two teams who maneuver and shoot each other in a specific zone.

The most popular FPS eSports are: Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, Battlefield, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six.

Third-Person Shooters

A third-person shooter is similar in gameplay to first-person shooters, but with the player’s character visible on-screen during the game. This game lets the player notice the unique features of the character they’re currently playing and comprehensively view their surroundings.

Here are a few examples: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Garena Free Fire, and Gears of War.

Fighting Games

A fighting game is a close combat between two or more players. It’s almost like a boxing match but in a video game version. Some of the fighting game eSports tournaments even involve a wide LCD screen above a boxing ring!

These are the popular games in this genre: Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tekken, Super Smash Bros, King of Fighters, Marvel VS Capcom, and Killer Instinct.

Real-Time Strategy

Real-time strategy (RTS) is a game where the players need to use their strategy in a real-time battle with other players. They simultaneously executed their plan without waiting for others’ turn. Elements like war, siege, and conquer are common in this genre.

Popular RTS games are StarCraft II, Age of Empires, Command & Conquer, and Company of Heroes.

Collectible Card Games

A collectible card game (CCG) is a strategic card duel between players involving unique cards and abilities. Each card usually has its own rarity and exceptional power. That’s why the players are eager to collect more cards. This genre also typically includes features like trading cards.

These are top-rated games of CCG: Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: The Gathering, Legend of Runeterra.

With the rise of eSports, new game genres will constantly be added to the mix. There’s no end to creativity in eSports tournaments. Are you interested in one or more of the genres above? Whether you are watching the show or becoming a pro player, let’s enjoy eSports together!