MOBA games take up much of the esports landscape, but what are the best MOBA esports games?
Also known as multiplayer online battle arena games, these titles draw fans in with the strategy and action.
There are both huge titles with massive prize pools and niche esports in the MOBA genre. Here are the top 5 best MOBA esports games.
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1. Dota 2
Not only is Dota 2 one of the best MOBA esports games, but it’s also one of the biggest esports in general.
The game has an enormous following thanks to being free-to-play. It also has more prize money awarded than any other esport, mainly thanks to its annual The International tournament which crowdfunds the prize pool from player purchases.
2. League of Legends
Dota 2 may have bigger prize pools, but League of Legends is arguably just as big if not bigger. It’s also free-to-play and easily accessible for casual players.
It has a big following in many regions thanks to leagues such as the LCK, LPL, and LCS. The top teams culminate to compete in the huge League of Legends World Championship each year.
3. Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm is Blizzard’s own take on the MOBA genre. You can play as heroes from other Blizzard games such as Warcraft, StarCraft, and even Overwatch.
While it might not have the same following as LoL or Dota 2, it’s still one of the top-paying esports with almost $18 million won in tournament earnings.
SMITE is another free-to-play MOBA game that’s available everywhere from PC to Switch to iOS and Android.
It has multiple different game modes, although the most important is the 5v5 Conquest mode. SMITE is a growing esport with around $8.6 million awarded in prize money to top players. This is well worth checking out if you need a more niche MOBA game.
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5. Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor is predominantly a mobile game. However, that hasn’t stopped it from being one of the top esports games in the world.
Made by Tencent Games, it features battles which last around 15 to 20 minutes. This makes it accessible to the casual player, but players can build up their skill level and compete for big money. With over $4.3 million made by AoV players, it’s done incredibly well for a mobile esport.