MOBA, in full Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA). It is a multiplayer mode of strategy game. One player takes on the role of a character, and other players assume the roles of enemies. MOBA players are called "heroes", “champions” or "agents" (i.e., the character who controls the MOBA game), who have their own specific skills and abilities. They try to destroy the enemies' base by gaining enough resources and experience and defeating their opponents to win the game. Each teams have 5 players who usually have their own roles: mid-laner, jungler, bot laneres (adc and support) and a top-laner. All of them have to work together, communicate and know when to get into a fight. The goal is to destroy the main objective, the "Nexus", but the teams have to destroy towers along the way to get to the final stage.
The popularity of MOBA games has increased over time because they provide an easy entry point into real-time strategy games. Thanks to their simple rules and quick gameplay, they also have high player engagement. There are many MOBA eSports games online, but the most popular ones include Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm, and League of Legends.
Dota 2 is the world's largest digital tournament involving human players, with more than 100 million registered players globally. The finals of this event bring in a prize pool worth tens of millions of dollars, and it has been dubbed as The International.
Heroes of the Storm is also very popular among gamers around the globe. It is a computer game developed by Blizzard Entertainment and released in 2015 after an enormous success upon its beta testing. It features characters from various Blizzard franchises such as Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, and StarCraft: Brood War.
League of Legends is a MOBA game that has become extremely popular in eSports. It originated in 2009 and has since become one of the most played games. As of 2022, at least 100 million people play LoL every month.