Mobile Gaming – sometimes rightfully – gets a raw deal. When covering the Clash Royale World Championship earlier in the year, many colleagues in the games journalism industry balked. “Mobile eSports are a thing?!” Said a Gamespot contributor.
They are very much a thing, and one mobile eSport in particular – Clash Royale, which held its International World Championship this past weekend, made several players – especially the newly crowned world champion, much more wealthy than they were before:
“Sergioramos:) from Mexico is officially the world’s best Clash Royale player, taking home the Golden Crown, $150,000 and a spot in Clash Royale history at yesterday’s Crown Championship World Finals, which took place at London’s Copper Box Arena. In Clash Royale’s first-ever global esports competition, more than 27 million players from around the world entered the qualifying in-game challenge, making the Crown Championship the biggest mobile esports competition ever. Sergioramos:) defeated United States player MusicMaster to win the top spot, in a day full of surprises and stunning victories.” States the press release from the event.
The finals gathered 16 of the best players in the entire world from several different countries; with players from The United States, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Israel. All competing in London.
“When I first started playing Clash Royale, I was just doing it for fun, and I never could have imagined making it to this level,” said Sergioramos:). “There were so many other amazing competitors at the World Finals, and it was an honor to have played with them this weekend.” states a quote, also from the press release.
For the uninformed, Clash Royale is a real-time multiplayer game where “players collect and upgrade dozens of cards featuring Clash of Clans troops, spells and defenses, as well as the Royales: Princes, Knights, Baby Dragons and more. Players must lead the Royale family to victory by knocking the enemy King and Princesses from their towers to defeat opponents and win Trophies, Crowns and glory in the Arena.”
it’s pretty exciting to play (and watch), with a high skill ceiling and an active reddit community that tirelessly debate, celebrate, deride, and champion their game of choice.
A spin-off of the far more ‘idle’ Clash of Clans, Clash Royale is not only a massive success, it’s also demonstrative of the kinds of experiences unique to mobile gaming. It’s one part CCG, one part RTS, and completely, utterly free to play; garnering critical acclaim and a place in the permanent zeitgeist of competitive mobile gaming.
Just imagine downloading, playing, finding you have a knack of it, and then finding yourself as the top player in the world. Intoxicating, isn’t it? If you’re the kind of player who finds Hearthstone a little too turn based, and DOTA a little too insane, Clash Royale is a happy – but no doubt hardcore – game worth checking out.
You can download Clash Royale on iOS and Android, and find all sorts of resources to up your game here.