With lock-downs happening all over the world, more and more people have been turning to online gaming as a means to entertain themselves.
Mobile Legends, a 5 versus 5 multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, has quickly risen to becoming one of the most popular action-strategy games played on smartphones in the recent months.
As of today, the app has already been downloaded over 100 million times on Android alone, with over 18 million positive reviews averaging at 4.1/5 stars.
On iOS, the app averages at 4.5/5 stars with over 233k reviews, and is ranked no. 2 in the “strategy games” category.
A large number of players on the game come from SouthEast Asia, particularly Philippines and Indonesia, a part of the world that’s expected to rise in the number of smartphone users and online gamers in the coming years.
Since its launch 4 years ago, the game has seen a steady stream of improvements, with new characters (heroes) added on a monthly basis to keep players coming back.
While it is still too early to tell if games such as Mobile Legends will last long term, it seems like the trend is on the rise, especially with esports overtaking conventional sports in viewership numbers.