Real-time strategy games enable players to control units to react to events as the game progresses. They usually include resources and building mechanics to create further challenges. The most popular of these types of games are Warcraft III and StarCraft II.
Multiplayer online battle arena games are a subgenre of RTS games and are the most popular competitive video games in terms of both viewership and prizes. In these games, each player controls a single character and works together with their team to take out their opponent’s base, while defending their own from their opponent’s attacks. Each character, or champion, within a team, has a unique set of skills and equipment, and teams need to be balanced in terms of character make-up and contribution.
First-person shooter games revolve around weapon-based combat. As the name suggests, the game is seen through the eyes of the character and involves either teams or individuals competing against each other. These include classic franchises like Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, and Rainbow Six, alongside more recent titles in the battle royale genre like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and PlayerUnknown: Battlegrounds.
Many classic FPS games take on a more realistic approach, usually with two small teams equipped with real-world weaponry each aiming to achieve specific goals in a match. However, the battle royale genre involves large numbers of players, either playing solo or in small teams, competing in the same session in a “last man standing” game mode where players are out of the game once they die, making these types of games particularly strategic, competitive, and exciting.
Fighting games like Mortal Kombat, Tekken, and the Street Fighter series focus on individual players’ tactics and skills in round-based matches. Players face off against each other in one-on-one matches with the aim of depleting their opponent’s lifebar using punches, kicks, and other special moves. Win enough rounds against your opponent and the match is yours! These games have been around since the early days of arcade gaming, but it was considered a dying genre (particularly 2D-style fighting games) until Street Fighter IV came along and helped revive interest in the genre.
Sports games allow players to take control of sports players, teams, and management and play out their own matches and seasons against either the game itself or other players. Popular titles center around already established leagues such as FIFA, NHL, and so on. This is a popular genre amongst virtual sports fans. Despite being based on real sports, most esports based on real sports are actually one-on-one affairs, with players switching control between all of their virtual team members in order to beat their opponent.