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Here are eight games that have redefined the gaming industry

Game changers
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Game changers

Video gaming has become serious business today. Big titles are downloaded hundreds of millions of times and are massive earners for game publishers. There are also contests to attract enthusiasts. At the Fortnite World Cup in July, players from 30 nations participated in a contest held at New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium, also the venue for the US Open. The first-place prize? A cool $3 million, which went to Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf. The money the 16-year-old American won was more than what golf star Tiger Woods bagged at the 2019 Masters Tournament. So, what do gaming enthusiasts play? Here are eight games that have redefined the gaming industry:

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FIFA
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FIFA

Launch: 1993
Latest: Fifa 20
Publisher: EA Sports
Highlight: slick gameplay, top-notch graphics

The grand-daddy of all sports video games, the FIFA franchise has been around since 1993. You can be the manager of Manchester United or FC Barcelona and take your team to virtual stadiums like Bernabeu in Madrid or Allianz Arena in Munich. From stadiums to players’ on field and off-field features, FIFA gets almost everything correct. The game is said to have been sold over 260 million copies across platforms.

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Playerunknown's Battleground or PUBG
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Playerunknown's Battleground or PUBG

Launch: 2017
Latest: PUBG Mobile
Publisher: pubg corp
Highlight: competitiveness and team play

PUBG Mobile is one of the most addictive online games in recent times. Here, 100 players battle for survival using anything from sickles to rifles. It has over $1 billion in revenue and 400 million players globally. The game has even helped people earn money from YouTube videos and professional PUBG contests.

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Pokemon Go
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Pokemon Go

Launch: 2016
Latest: Pokémon Go
Publisher: niantic
Highlight: the legacy of pokémon and its fans

This is perhaps the most successful augmented reality (AR) game which made gamers get up from their seats and walk around while remaining glued to their smartphone screens. The game takes you to a virtual land of Pokémon simulated around the player’s location, causing people to hunt for the characters even in public toilets. There are 480 Pokémon species and the hunt seems never ending. Pokémon Go has seen over 1 billion downloads globally.

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Asphalt
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Asphalt

Launch: 2004
Latest: Asphalt 9: Legends
Publisher: gameloft
Highlight: cars, fast cars & super cars

This is the go-to car racing game for mobile gamers, with all kinds of models to choose from. Set in life-like race courses in different locations around the world, Asphalt is designed to bring out the racer in you. Asphalt 8: Airborne was downloaded 350 million times on Android and iOS.

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Fortnite Battle Royale
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Fortnite Battle Royale

Launch: 2017
Publisher: Epic games
Highlight: weapons & innovative maps

If all registered Fortnite gamers were put together, their numbers at 250 million will be more than the population of Brazil. Within a week of its launch, the latest version of the game was downloaded 22.5 million times, and that too just from the Apple App Store. Fortnite’s gameplay premise remains simple: scavenging for weapons, vehicles, resources and eliminating all enemies.

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Clash of clans
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Clash of clans

Launch: 2012
Latest: Clash of Clans Oct 2019 Update Publisher: supercell
Highlight: storyline & graphics

Based on games of the past such as Age of Empires or Caesar III, Clash of Clans is a popular real-time strategy game on mobile phones. It takes gamers to a fantasy world where they earn gold and keep an eye on elixirs. The goal is to develop a town, build an army and attack other villages to loot resources. The game has been downloaded 500 million times.

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Call of duty
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Call of duty

Launch: 2003
Latest: call of duty mobile
Publisher: activision
Highlight: multi-role combat, weapons and realistic graphics

The mobile version extends the 15-year legacy of Call of Duty franchise to new gamers. Within a week of its launch, it became the most popular game in India with 14 million downloads, unseating PUBG Mobile. This first person shooter game puts people into a modern-day battlefield in the avatar of highly-trained commandos.

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Real Cricket
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Real Cricket

Launch: 2014
Latest: real cricket 19
Publisher: nautilus mobile
Highlight: real-life gameplay

The thing about cricket games is that there are dime a dozen. But one of the best is Real Cricket, which lives up to its name, with life-like graphics. It borrows everything from actual cricket matches — even pre-match shows. You can play a helicopter shot or bowl a googly at iconic stadiums like Lords in London. You can also pick teams from the 1980s and 1990s. The game has been downloaded 50 million times.


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