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MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena)is a trò chơi genre that has kept on pulling players into the esports scene for well over a decade now.

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Familiar MOBA gamesLeague of LegendsandDOTA 2are at the forefront of esports today, but there’s more on how MOBA games have developed into their current glory.

In this post, we’ll cover the full history of MOBA esports. Và in case you are interested, we wrote a similar post about FPS, Battle Royale, Fighting Game, card Game, and Real-Time Strategy esports.


The predecessors of MOBA games

The MOBA games we know today transition from real-time strategy games from the early ’90s and ’00s.

Unlike FPS games which seemed khổng lồ be one of the first trò chơi genres ever when you look at theirhistory, MOBA games seemed to spring up out of various other genres.

The first game that had many of the features of modern MOBA games was Herzog Zwei back in 1989. It is a real-time strategy game that was published by Sega & developed by Technosoft.

The trò chơi had a lot of similarities to lớn current-day MOBA games and itwas the inspiration for many popular upcoming games such as Warcraft và Starcraft.

Although not a MOBA trò chơi itself, it is seen as a precursor khổng lồ the genre.


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Herzog Zwei

In 1998, Future Cop: LAPD was released. This trò chơi had more of the features we expect from MOBA games today và is often classed as one of the first true MOBA games khổng lồ be released.

Although officially a third-person shooter, the trò chơi mode called Precinct Assault is seen as one of the first MOBA-style games.

The PC version of Future Cop: LAPD was even available khổng lồ play online, making team games possible and further establishing itself as the first-ever MOBA game.


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Future Cop: LAPD

Between then & the early 2000’s, various games & mods were released that continued khổng lồ morph the MOBA genre into what we know today.

The first true MOBA trò chơi modes & maps were created on games like StarCraft & WC3.Both games weren’t officially launched as MOBA games but maps and mods that were added to the games allowed for true MOBA game play on these titles.

This was back in 2003 when the PC real-time strategy games were already in huge demand & had been trending for a good few years.


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DOTA gameplay

DOTA was released in 2003 và was the first MOBA esports game, with tournaments being held after its release with real-money prizes.DOTA(Defence of the Ancients) was a hack developed for the highly popular Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos PC game.

The real push of modern MOBA games started when League of Legends was released on October 27th, 2009, & DOTA2 a few years after on July 9th, 2013. It was around this time when MOBA games moved to the forefront of esports gaming and the audiences saw more & more competitions being hosted worldwide.

From then on, various different maps, mods, và standalone games were developed in the MOBA genre which further helped khổng lồ establish them as their own quality class of games.


MOBA esports

Funnily enough, the two games League of Legends and DOTA 2 which started the MOBA esports genre are dominating the scene still today. The popularity of these two games is astounding and the growth of the userbase seems to be continuing year after year.

Let’s take a closer look at the history of MOBA games:


League of Legends (2009-)

It’s only fair that a game that started the whole MOBA esports genre in 2009 is now one of the most popular esports games in the world.

Riot Games is not only known for developing the League of Legends, but also fororganizingall the big tournaments in the game with some pretty massive prize pools.

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League of Legends gameplay

DOTA 2 (2013-)

There’s your slam, there’s the dunk, there’s the game, the savior of esports – DOTA 2.

DOTA 2’s first beta version was launched already in 2010, but it took several years before the official full launch in July 2013.

When the game was launched, so was the tournamentThe Internationalwhich since became one of the biggest yearly esports spectacles which can not be missed by any esports enthusiast.


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DOTA 2 gameplay

Smite (2014-)

The closed beta of Smitewas first announced in the middle of 2012 and moved into xuất hiện beta on January 24, 2013.

The official launch of the trò chơi was in March năm trước and it quickly took off by reaching 4 million registered players just a couple of months after being live.

The game studio,Hi-Rez Studioshas been able khổng lồ keep the players happy as 6 years since the launch the trò chơi reached a base of 40 million registered players.


Vainglory (2014-)

Vainglory was originally built for tablets, but over the years expanded to lớn other platforms và is now known as the no-compromise cross-platform MOBA.

The trò chơi was soft-launched inSeptember 2014,and full release a couple of months later in November 2014.

At the time of the release, apple played Vainglory in the announcement sự kiện of iPhone 6 to lớn demonstrate the hardware capabilities of the device.


Heroes of the Storm (2015-)

In 2013, the trò chơi studio giant Blizzard Entertainment made a strategic decision khổng lồ jump into the wagon of MOBA games.

Back then, they had already started to develop an RTS game called StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, but decided to lớn switch the direction, and re-launched the project as MOBA game Heroes of the Storm.

Heroes of the Storm launched as a closed beta in January 2015, with the full release coming out 5 months after in June 2015.


Arena of Valor (2016-)

In 2015, the Chinese đoạn clip game vendor Tencent decided lớn launch a điện thoại MOBA game of their own.

After acquiring Riot Games, they asked the developers of League of Legends if the trò chơi could be turned into mobile. The team of LoL did not see this as a possibility, so a project called Arena of Valor was started.

Mobile MOBA Arena of Valor was released to the Asian market in November 2016, following up the launch in Europe in August 2017 và the US in December 2017.

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Arena of Valor gameplay

League of Legends: Wild Rift (2020-)

5v5 điện thoại MOBA, released October 27, 2020. LoL: Wild Rift is the long-awaited smartphone version of the game from Tencent.

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League of Legends: Wild Rift gameplay

What’s still to come in MOBA esports

With innovation in the esports sector as well as the gaming industry as a whole expected lớn skyrocket over the next few years, we expect great things from MOBA esports in the future.

Larger prize pools & even more tournaments for big names lượt thích League of Legends and DOTA2 are almost a given, but also the growth of more recent releases.

As esports grow as a whole & new MOBA games are released, we expect khổng lồ see an even more diverse MOBA esports landscape within five khổng lồ ten years. Including adoption in more countries, far more players, the switch khổng lồ viewer-first game development, and bigger and better tournaments & competitions.


The editor is a huge fan hâm mộ of FPS games và an igaming professional with more than 15 years of experience. Favorite esports teams: NaVi, Faze, HAVU và ENCE.
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