The Most Popular Online Games in Latin America| 06 May, 2020
The gaming industry worldwide is increasing at a rapid pace. As of 2018 approximately 2.3 billion people were part of the gaming population and spent over 135 billion dollars. Latin America is among the fastest growing gaming markets with over 230 million gamers and growing at a rate of 13.5% a year. The number of gamers in Brazil and Mexico has passed those in Germany and the UK and shows no sign of slowing. Latin America isn’t just experiencing growth in the number of people playing video games. They are also developing their own games.
Video game platforms basically fall into one of three broad classes. These are mobile games, PC and console games. Many of today’s video games can be played online. A lot of gamers prefer playing online for a number of different reasons. It may be to see how your skills compare to those of other players and for competition. Others enjoy online video games for the communities that develop around certain games. Players are able to meet people with similar interests and develop friendships through playing some of these online games. Of course playing games online is fun and entertaining which is what motivates most people. There are literally hundreds of games on the internet for players to choose from. The following are the most popular online games in Latin America.
- League of Legends or LoL was released by Riot Games back in 2009. It is a multiplayer online battle arena game that despite its age remains extremely popular. LoL is currently the most popular online video game in both Brazil and Chile. In League of Legends two teams of 5 each compete against each other to complete an objective. Usually the objective is to destroy the opposing teams “Nexus” which is at the center of a team’s base but some modes have different objectives. Each player takes on the role of a “champion”, a character with special abilities. As of now League of Legends has 148 different champion characters. All champions fall into one of 6 category types based on their unique abilities; Marksman, Mage, Slayer, Tank, Fighter and Controller. Champion characters begin each match relatively weak but by collecting items and gaining experience they increase in strength over the course of a game. Characters can also collect gold during a game which enables them to buy items that enhance their abilities. Not only is LoL popular with players, it is also widely watched online with over 100 million people watching the League of Legends World Championships. There are around 800 professional LoL players on over 100 different teams around the world. You can even wager on professional League of Legends matches at many sports books just as you can on sports like football and boxing. Wagering on a League of Legends game provides an extra thrill similar to what you may get playing at King Billy online casino in Australia which has some of the best casino slot games in the industry.
- World of Warcraft (WoW) from developer Blizzard Entertainment was released back in 2004 and while it has dropped some in popularity it is still played by millions of people and is the most popular video game in Bolivia. World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that takes place within the world of Azeroth. Typically in MMORPG’s players take on the role of a character avatar and this is also the case in World of Warcraft. All player characters are members of either the “Horde” or the “Alliance” factions. The faction a player falls into will depend on the race of the character they choose such as Human, Dwarf, Orc or Goblin. There are around 20 races to choose from. Players will also choose a class for their character such as Warrior, Hunter or Mage. The class determines what abilities and powers a character has as well as the weapons and armor they can use. There are a total of 12 classes and each race can only play certain classes. During the game players complete quests which further the games story while gaining experience and items which help to improve a characters strengths and abilities. Players can spend thousands of hours exploring the World of Warcraft.
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) was released by Valve in 2012 and is a multi-player first-person shooter game. It doesn’t have quite the number of active players as some other popular online games but currently has the highest number of concurrent players it has ever had. It also has more esports leagues and tournaments than any other esports title and people can wager on matches at many different sports books. In CS: GO there are two teams, the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists. Each team is made up of five players. Depending on the game mode the objective of the Terrorist Team is to plant a bomb or defend hostages while attempting to eliminate the other team. The goal of the Counter-Terrorist team is to stop the bomb from being planted, defuse the bomb or rescue the hostages while also trying to wipe out the opposing team. A standard competitive CS: GO game consists of two halves of 15 rounds each. Each round is 1:55. Players are rewarded with in-game currency after each round based on their performance. This currency can be used to by better weapons for the next rounds. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the most played online video game in Argentina.
- FIFA 17 is a product of EA Sports and was released in 2016. EA Sports has actually developed a series of FIFA soccer/football games and FIFA 17 has been followed by FIFA 18, FIFA19 and FIFA 20. It is unclear which title is currently the most popular but all are enjoying success especially in Mexico and Uruguay. It is no surprise that the FIFA games are popular in Latin America as soccer is the most popular sport in many Latin American countries. FIFA games fall into the sports simulation category of online games.
Latin American gamers enjoy many other online games aside from those mentioned here but for the time being these are the most popular.
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