The craze of online games is limitless and there are multiple genres to play online games. The most popular way to play the games is with gaming consoles such as Nintendo gaming devices, PlayStations, Xboxes, PC, which we used to play at home.
But a recent study reveals that online games are the next big thing and the future of the gaming industry. Not only internationally, but also in India we have apps like MPL, India’s leading online gaming, esports and Fantasy Cricket platform that offers over 60 games from various gaming genres.
Here in this article we will take a look at the top 10 most popular online games in 2021.
List Of Top 10 Most Popular Online Games In 2021
#10. Division 2
Division 2 is an online multiplayer action role-playing game, the game takes place in Washington D.C and is developed by Massive Entertainment and published by Ubisoft. Division 2 set up in such a way it continues the story of its predecessor after seven months. The game’s plot is very diverse, and the player experiences a civil war between survivors and villainous marauders.
The game’s main mission layout is just incredible, sending you to the three enemy groups of the game Outcasts, True Sons, Hyenas, also strategy to rebuild the city. It was launched by Massive Entertainment Inc. in 2019.
#9. Final Fantasy 14
Final Fantasy XIV is a role-playing game that involves multiplayer. The game was developed and published by Square Enix. The game was released worldwide since its inception on Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 3. FF14 is the second installment of the final fantasy series. It was released after Final Fantasy XI (FF11). This role-playing game involves gameplay such as organizing your house and conversing with friends.
#8. DOTA 2
DOTA 2 game is the next sequel to Defense of Ancients, which developed a model of Blizzard Entertainment. DOTA 2 is played between two teams of five players online. Although, the role of the game is defending its separate base Map. Each of the ten players controls their distinct, compelling character named “Hero.” Each hero is having the different rules of playing and power and unique play in DOTA 2.
DOTA 2 has some sporting background with global teams in different competitions and clubs competing around the world world in heavily bet on DOTA2 esports tournaments, as seen here. The game is developed by Valve Corporation and there are 5 million active players it was launched in 2015.
HearthStone- an online digital collectable card game was a small project of Blizzard Entertainment for experiment purposes but now has become a well-known played game today. Hearthstone is a turn-based card game between two players, using adjusted decks of 30 cards along with a chosen hero with a unique power.
The game is developed by the popular Blizzard Entertainment and it was launched globally in the year 2014. It has 29 million active players worldwide.
The single best-selling video game of all time developed and published by Mojang. Its a 3-D sandbox game with no specific goals to attain, which allows users to complete freedom, and thus, users can do whatever they want to. It has both a first-person perspective and a third-person perspective.
It also allows the user to make electric circuits and logic gates to form more complex systems. The game comprises of five game modes: Survival, Creative, Hardcore, Adventure, and Spectator. The game was developed by Mojang Developer Company in the year 2011 the game has 91 million active online players worldwide.
#5. League Of Legends
League of Legends (LoL) is a multiplayer online battle arena game. It is almost twelve years old, and yet it’s one of the most played online games and favourite among its players because of its spectacular mode scene, awesome graphics, and excitement on each level and every single game.
In this game, teams work together to achieve a victory by destroying the core building (called the Nexus) in the enemy team’s base protected by defensive structures called turrets or towers. It is developed by the famous Riot Games it was launched in the year 2009 and still has almost 67 million active players worlwide.
#4. Counter Strike: Global Offensive
It is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game and is the fourth game in the Counter-strike series. It can be played both online and offline. The game contains two teams playing against each other: the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists. Both sides have the aim to eliminate the other, along with completing separate missions. Terrorists’Terrorists’ goal is to secure a location to plant a bomb and held hostages.
In contrast, Counter-Terrorists have to either prevent weapons from being planted or defuse it and rescue the hostages. The developers of the game is Valve Corporation they launched it in the year 2014 and has an active player count of 32 million active players worldwide.
#3. Fortnite Battle Royale
There is no shortage of 100 players battle royale games, but even in this crowded genre, the Fortnight Battle Royal stands out due to its vivid colors and an outstanding free form building system. The Fortnite Battle Royale is a free-to-play battle royale multiplayer mode online video game and potentially the most popular among the top online gamers, with about 5 million simultaneous players.
The main feature which makes this one different from other battle royale games is it’s in-game construction elements, which let players build walls, obstacles, or other structures from collected resources. It comes in three distinct mode versions: Fortnite: Save the World, Fortnite Battle Royale, and Fortnite Creative.
Respawn Entertainment has produced this game in the year 2017 and it has an active user base of 125 million players in just 4 years which is commendable.
#2. Apex Legends
Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. It is a multiplayer mode game and is in its fourth season. In this game, up to 20 three-person squads land on an island and search for weapons and supplies to try to defeat all the other players in combat.
Each player has to keep moving to avoid being caught outside the play area. The last team alive wins the particular round. Apex Legends is set in the same science-fiction universe as Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall and Titanfall 2. The developers of the game are Respawn Entertainment in the year 2019 it has got 50 million players in the initial month of it’s release. This game is also going to have a mobile version very soon as the game is in alpha-testing phase.
PUBG is the most realistic online multiplayer battle royale game and is the most popular online games as well as most played in the world. This game is so unpredictable such that no two matches are alike, and thus has taken the internet with storm. It is a player versus player shooting game in which up to a hundred players fight in a battle royale, a kind of large-scale last man standing deathmatch where players fight to remain alive till the end of the match.
Players can decide to enter a match solo, duo, or with a small team of up to four people. The last surviving player or team alive wins the match. It can be played both on a computer or mobile. Although it’s mobile version is banned in India and they are releasing a new game by the name “Battlegrounds Mobile India” for Indian players.
The game is developed by the PUBG Corporation and released globally in the year 2016 globally and it’s mobile version was released in the year 2018. It has more than 400 million active players which is just huge.
Valorant (Honorable Mention)
Valorant is a team-based tactical first person shooter s et in the near future. Players play as one of a set of agents, characters designed based on several countries and cultures around the world. In the main game mode, players are assigned to either the attacking or defending team with each team having five players on it.
As both Valorant and CS:GO has almost the same concept of a 5v5 gameplay where one team is trying to plant the bomb. It has attracted many CS:GO professional players. The game is developed by Riot Games it was released in the year 2020 and is yet to celebrate it’s 1st anniversary.
It’s worth noting that video games like these on our list, although very popular, have been rivaled in the last 10 years by casino games. Their way of attracting players is similar, but the outcomes can be much different. Demo versions are the ones that are accessed first, so the next gaming sessions are not unknown territory.