MOBA: League of Legends and Honor of Kings Regains Top Grossing Titles in October 2019

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Popular MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) titles League of Legends by Riot Games and Tencent-owned mobile MOBA Honor of Kings (王者荣耀/Wang Zhe Rong Yao) also known as Arena of Valor outside China regains their top position after falling off from the third and fourth spot respectively in September 2019. Despite their recent dip positions on the list, both games hardly drop off below five for the past years. League of Legends remains the biggest MOBA in PC against other competitors. In 2017, LOL has over 120 million active players worldwide  against Valve's DOTA 2 with around 20 million players. However, DOTA 2's Esport's prizepool current record is much larger than LOL. On the other hand, Honor of Kings remains the biggest MOBA title in mobile platform. The game has over 200 million monthly active players against Moonton's Mobile Legends: Bang Bang with over 75 million monthly active players. The only question now is, will League of Legends: Wild Rift dethroned Honor of Kings as the king of MOBA in mobile platform next year?

Source: SuperData Research

For those who doesn't know about Honor of Kings or unofficial English name King of Glory. The game was developed and published by Tencent Games in 2015 for Chinese market. Their are also players outside China like from Malaysia, Singapore, S. Korea and a handful from the Philippines. Currently, the game has over 900 million downloads in both iOS and Android App stores. By 2017, record of monthly active players has reached over 200 million making one of the highest-grossing game of all time and most downloaded app globally with over US$4.5 billion total revenue as of March 2019. 

Tencent Games expand the title globally in 2017 as Arena of Valor. It features resskin map, heroes and gameplay. Although the global version failed in the West, the game enjoys popularity in Asian countries like Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam rivaling another popular mobile moba in Asia Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.

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