Regardless of age, gender, race, geographic location, level of creativity or experience, the modern game industry has something for everyone. Online games can be both therapeutic and educational, but most importantly. Modern games provide an enhanced gaming experience suitable for modern lifestyles. Due to the increase smartphone usage and accessibility to the Internet, online games have seen massive growth in the 21st century. Many of the most popular games are cross-platform or have smartphone versions. Here is a list of the most popular online games in the main gaming countries:
Free Fire is popular not only in Japan but all over Asia. A year after its initial release in 2017, the game surprised its inspiration/competitor, PUBG, by becoming the most downloaded game on Android and IOS. Mobile games gave Free Fire new audiences, some of whom had never heard of the popular Battle Royale games. Japan was among the first spectators of Furii Faiyaa (Free Fire). The game has managed to appeal to Japanese gamers who are not usually fans of Western games.
Unlike some of its neighbours, Japan has a legal online gambling industry, with slot machines being the most popular. The online gambling market is constantly expanding, but the popularity of slot machines is staggering. Japanese players more experienced in slot games know exactly where to find the best odds and trusted casinos.
Overwatch’s Japanese market is not as large as other major gaming countries, but it surpasses other popular online games in Japan. It is one of the most popular eSports games in Japan, thanks to Hanzo, a Japanese character who appears in the game’s promotional image. Despite Overwatch competitive gaming being weak in Japan, the game has a market resilient who can’t get enough.
DotA (Defense of the Ancients)
DotA is a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game that debuted in 2003. Although it is a foreign game, the top DotA teams in eSports have come from China many times. It is arguably the most popular game in China, with eight of the country’s ten highest-earning eSports teams specializing in DotA.
Strike of Kings (wánɡ zhě rónɡ yào)
Strike of Kings is the second most popular game in China, thanks in part to its depiction of famous Chinese and foreign historical figures. It’s not only enjoyable to play for the Chinese, but it’s also culturally significant for modern players. The game is a TianMei Studio project which was funded by Tencent, a Chinese technology company headquartered in Shenzhen.
League of Legends (yīnɡ xiónɡ lián ménɡ)
League of Legends is another multiplayer online battle arena game that has conquered the Chinese market. Globally, the game has over 180 million monthly players, maintaining its position as one of the most popular games since its inception. To cater to its huge Chinese market, the eSports game is undergoing a lot of changes and upgrades.
In North America, Minecraft is the most popular game. Americans are also the most active Minecraft players in the world, accounting for 21.21% of the game’s daily usage. The fascination behind the game’s massive popularity is the blocky form of all the game’s assets. Apart from its simplicity, Minecraft offers endless exploration for all types of players.
GTA5 is yet another blockbuster in the US, thanks to constant updates to its online version. The game received critical acclaim primarily for its outlandish graphics and real-life imitation. However, it is extremely relevant to Americans, who can navigate virtual replicas of their home cities in the game. The game also features a mix of fictional and real characters, including presidents and governors.
The Sims4 is a game aimed at a specific group of players. For its players, however, it’s a platform where they can be whoever they want to be in life. It allows players to experience life in its entirety in a virtual world where they can build, trade and interact just like in real life. The Sims 4 is also considered a design tool.
Other notable countries
South Korea, the United Kingdom, and India are also among the other top gaming landscapes. Unlike in the past, when only a few countries had widespread technology and internet access, the gaming world of ‘today is more integrative, innovative and competitive, with a wider global reach. Online games bring the global gaming industry together, breaking down geographical barriers. Players can never be bored online because there is always someone with more experience to challenge.