This Week in Mobile Esports: PUBG mobile most downloaded game, Vainglory 5v5 now live, Clash Royale releases Magic Archer, Critical Ops reaches 1M daily players

PUBG
PUBG mobile most downloaded games worldwide (despite being only available in China)

PUBG has officially taken mobile by storm: according to Pocket Gamer, the two newly released official PUBG mobile games – PUBG: Exhilarating Battlefield and PUBG: Army Attack – were the most downloaded games on the Apple App Store on Feb 9th and 10th despite being only available in China!

As mentioned last week, PUBG: Army Attack is more arcade-like, while PUBG: Exhilarating Battlefield is more inline with the traditional PUBG PC experience.  We haven’t had a chance to try either version yet, but according to Forbes both mobile versions do the PUBG brand justice.  With PUBG’s successful port to mobile, I guess it’s just a matter of time before we see a Fornite mobile version?

Vainglory
Vainglory 5v5 now live

As covered by us earlier this week, Vainglory’s long awaited 5v5 update is finally available for all players.  The reviews from the community thus far has been mostly positive: players appreciate the upgrade in visuals and performance, as well as added the added depth and strategy with a 3 -lane MOBA.  Time will tell whether this new update is able to rejuvenate Vainglory and attract new players from its PC counterparts and mobile rivals – and we can’t wait until the 5v5 competitive season begins!

Clash Royale
New Legendary card Magic Archer enters the Arena

While Supercell has been relatively silent about its 2018 Clash Royale esports plans, the game continues to chug along with the introduction of its newest legendary card: Magic Archer.  As with all its recent new card releases, a special in-game Draft Challenge event is now live, giving skilled players a chance to win the Legendary card.  Unlike other recent legendary cards (namely Royal Ghost and Night Witch), players actually feel the Magic Archer is not “OP”, and is actually a decent card that is just powerful enough for its elixir cost.  Given what we’re seeing with the new card, we don’t expect the Magic Archer to have an immediate nerf anytime soon – unlike what happened to Royal Ghost and Night Witch.

Critical Ops
Critical Ops reaches one million daily players

Finally, a news from last week but still worth mentioning now: Critical Ops has now reached one million daily active users! This is a remarkable accomplishment from a humble studio (Critical Force) that grew its dedicated player organically.  Other key figures worth mentioning: the game has now been downloaded over 34 million times, has now over half a million followers combined in different channels, and over half a million Critical Ops YouTube videos. Critical Ops’ Discord server is also currently one of the biggest in the world with over 54.000 members.

“Year 2017 was phenomenal for us in many ways. Our game became one of the de facto standard mobile eSports games and our staff more than quadrupled last year,” says the CEO of Critical Force Veli-Pekka Piirainen. “We’re very much looking forward to 2018 and we have many great milestones ahead of us such as the official release of Critical Ops.”

 

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