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What was the most popular multiplayer game in 2021?

By Fariha Bhatti

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Dec 22, 2021

Reading time: 4 min

Gaming developers rolled out various titles with sharp visuals and cut-throat solo gameplay in 2021, but nothing beats the entertainment value of a good old multiplayer game.

Video games have become a new way for people to connect and spend quality time. A hike in the popularity of classic multiplayer games in 2021 could also be attributed to accessibility to high-speed internet. Interacting with friends, completing quests, and achieving goals kick a different type of joy. Players have set aside their offline games and switched to modern MOBAs and battle royales that allow hundreds of people to tune in simultaneously. 

What was the most popular multiplayer game in 2021?

Fortnite hasn’t yet fallen from grace. Despite a drop in fame, the BR game has managed to remain one of the most talked-about games in 2021. A strong peak player count of 12.3 million also proves that dedicated players are still hung on Fortnite’s lively characters, skins, and events.

Riot Games had a tremendous year as two of its titles became all players could talk about in 2021. LoL-based Netflix show Arcane played a crucial role in bringing in tons of new players just when everyone thought League of Legends had run its course. In 2021, League of Legends remains the top MOBA.

As for Valorant, it was likely one of the biggest success stories of 2020. The game freshened up the stale FPS genre with animated agents and unique gameplay, becoming an instant hit. In 2021, the tactical shooter has created a healthy esports scene and a player base that values it greatly.

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The most popular multiplayer videos games in 2021 aren’t exactly new to the market. They’re likely already sitting in your gaming client. These are the best multiplayer games in 2020 in terms of popularity and gameplay. 

Halo Infinite

Xbox Game studios’ Halo Infinite is packed with action as it combines open-world with an enthralling storyline. There’s so much to do in this story-based game set in the ringworld Zeta Halo, warranting a rollercoaster experience for the players. 

Call of Duty: Warzone 

Call of Duty: Warzone quickly became the favorite battle royale game of PC players due to its realistic shooting, loadouts, and visually pleasing locations. The game was released in the first half of 2020, but it easily broke into the BR scene thanks to the existing popularity of the CoD franchise.

Destiny 2

Destiny 2 was initially released as a pay-to-play MMO, but it later became free for all. Since then, it has seen a massive hike in its popularity and player base. This unique multiplayer features a vast loadout, various grenades, and abilities. Titans, Hunters, and Warlocks are three Destiny 2 classes that allow players to game through the arena in their preferred play style.

Grand Theft Auto Online

GTA 5 is the go-to game for every streamer and casual player. This MMO combines automobiles with an action-packed storyline, two critical ingredients for a hit multiplayer game. Side quests, weapon loadouts, and interesting interactions make it an entertaining game to play when you’re looking to spend some stress-free quality time. 

Apex Legends

Apex Legends was always one of the best battle royale games, but its popularity declined in the first half of 2020. However, the loyal players returned to Apex’s impeccable gunplay after the developers introduced a new map and a brand new legend. In 2021, Apex Legends ruled the BR scene. 

Forza Horizon 5

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Racing games were all the hype when the video game industry was still in its embryonic stages. Years later, Forza Horizon 5 is making sure that racing legacy remains intact in the herd of shooter games. The luxury supercars in Forza Horizon 5 appear almost real in clean graphics. In 2021, Forza Horizon 5 is easily one of the most popular games among the owners of optimal PC builds. 

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Valve’s shooter game continues to be the flagship FPS game in 2021, with a fanbase as strong as it was in its early release days. With the backing of a thriving esports scene, CSGO continues to be the best game in its category as of 2021. 

Rocket League 

Cars in a soccer game might be an unusual concept, but fans love it. Rocket League is a first-of-its-kind vehicular soccer video game that allows players to drive muscular cars on a soccer field. It’s a widely popular game that recently became mainstream. 

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