2020 has been a very… interesting year. With a general notion that eSports did better than what it has in the previous years, from PUBG Mobile getting banned to Mortal being the first ever Indian to get nominated for Streamer of the Year, it has been an amazing ride… We at InsideSport bring to you the top 10 eSports news of 2020, from the year that it was.
Valorant was launched on June 2, 2020. The game not only gave PC players a new game to enjoy but the game also opened another avenue for eSports with this title being added to the list of games eSports athletes play. Many CS:GO players across the globe were also seen making the shift to Valorant.
–Fortnite Removed From iOS and Android Platform
Apple and Google in early August pulled out Fortnite from the App Store and Google Play, respectively, after Epic Games introduced a new in-game payment system that would do away with the 30% fee certain developers are required to pay the company for every in-app purchase the players make. Epic Games had sued both Apple and Google for the same and took them to federal court.
— PUBGM Ban
On September 2, 2020, the government announced a ban on 118 Chinese apps, including PUBG Mobile that “are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order”. PUBG Mobile officially took down its Indian servers on October 31, 2020.
— FAU-G Announced
Fearless And United-Guards (FAU-G) is an upcoming multiplayer battle royale mobile game. The game was announced by actor Akshay Kumar on September 4, just days after PUBG Mobile was banned in India. The game is being developed by nCore Games, which is headquartered in Bengaluru. The game is the most pre-registered game in a span of 24 hours on Play Store India.
— Apex Legends Announced for Mobile Phone
Apex Legends is Electronic Arts’ (EA) take on the battle royale format of gaming. The game is available on Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson, has decided to expand the game’s presence and announced the company is currently developing Apex Legends Mobile that could see its finishing touches by 2021, and the game could hit shores by 2022.
— Mortal Gets Nominated for Streamer of the Year Award
Indian YouTuber, Naman ‘Mortal’ Mathur, on July 23 became the first ever Indian YouTuber to get nominated for Esports Awards 2020 under the Streamer of the Year Award. The results for the game were announced in November 2020, and he bagged the second prize, losing to Spanish streamer, Ibai Llanos. Among the nominated were established streamers like Pokimane, Dr Lupo, etc.
— Rise of Among Us
The game of bluffing, lying, cheating and deceit– Among Us, was launched back in 2018. However, the game has taken off exponentially this year, with many big YouTubers across the globe playing the game. Big names like Pewdiepie, Pokimane and Mortal– from India. Shroud explains the phenomenon by saying that the game is not best game ever made but is brilliant when played with the right kind of people (we believe that, too).
— Mobile Game of the Year
Esports Awards took place in November, and while there were quite a few categories, one that stood out was Mobile Game of the Year, which was bagged by Garena Free Fire. The game had 8 other competitors. Close second in the competition was PUBGM.
— Kia and Damwon Gaming Partnership
Kia Motors Corporation announced a multiyear partnership with DAMWON Gaming, the winners of 2020 League of Legends (LoL) World Championship. The team has a new name and will play under the name DWG Kia, and the partnership will start next year.
— Krafton Inc’s new hiring for India
In the last few days, Krafton Inc has been building a team for PUBG Mobile India and has so far hired a handful of people. Aneesh Aravind has joined PUBGM India as the country manager. The team now includes Akash Jumde who has been appointed as the Visual Content Designer, Piyush Agarwal as the Finance Manager, Arpita Priyadarshini is the Senior Community Manager and Karan Pathak is appointed as the Senior Esports Manager.