Video games continue their onslaught against other forms of entertainment, with players spending in the billions every year on both new and older game titles. Games with an online component continue to dominate the market across multiple gaming platforms. Here are 10 of the most popular online games available right now.
1. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Developed by Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive builds on the team-based Counter-Strike gaming empire spanning decades while taking the technology of the game into the 21st Century. This new edition of the game not only features an updated modern look but also contains substantial new content in the form of new weapons, maps, modes, and characters. The gameplay manages to maintain the fast-paced first-person shooter action that original fans of the series expect, making it one of the top played online games on the market right now.
2. Dota 2
From the minds of Valve, Dota 2 remains one of the top online games of 2020 with its hero-based battlefield gameplay drawing millions of players into its action-packed environments every month. One of the main selling points for this game among players is the game’s overall business model. All players start on an even field, with the vast majority of hero content available to players from the beginning without additional cost. With less focus on a pay-to-advance model and more on creating unique gameplay that changes every time you log-on, it’s no wonder this game continues its rightful place towards the top of online game charts.
3. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
The number three pick for online games has its title in all caps for a reason, and that’s because PUBG’s PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS continues to push the bounds of battle royale style shooter-style gameplay. This online PvP pits you against up to 100 other players until only one remains using gameplay developed by one of the originators of the battle royale genre Brendan Greene, a key player in experiences like H1Z1: King of the Kill.
4. Among Us
For gamers looking for a more unique team-based game, Innersloths’s Among Us continues to offer an experience ticking off all the right boxes. Players represented by stylized characters work together to get ready for a spaceship launch. However, random unknown players among them have a different goal of killing everyone before the launch. This party game turned video game continues to climb the charts with its unique online gameplay, including the ability to play offline through local WiFi for more old-school LAN parties.
With over 10 years on the market, Mojang’s Minecraft shows no signs of slowing down in popularity in the online gaming market. Seen as the ultimate 3-D sandbox, players can quite literally create their own worlds from scratch by mining various materials to build their own blocky structures while fending off their creations from computer-controlled enemies or other players. Minecraft also caters to different player gaming styles with modes like adventure, creative, survival, and spectator.
6. Destiny 2
Destiny 2 from Bungie continues its relentless popularity in the action MMO category. Play a guardian in this multiplayer world defending the last city standing against threats from the surrounding solar system. Destiny 2 allows you to work with your friends or strangers as part of varying guardian classes such as Hunters, Titans, or Warlocks. Play it here. If you get tired of cooperative play, switch to the team arenas or PvP competitions to combat other players.
7. Rocket League
Perfectly combining soccer with high-velocity gravity-defying game mechanics, Rocket League from Psyonix continues to dominate the board for popularity in online sports titles. The game’s unique physics-driven mechanics and its regular free and paid updates ensure that players don’t have the opportunity to get bored. To further keep gameplay new and fresh, players can also take on other game modes including hockey, rule-changing mutator modes, and an offline season mode.
8. Bubble Shooter Tale
Bubble Shooter Tale features a refreshed version of the classic online bubble shooter game. In this version of the game, you’ll help a friendly fox clear the board of bubbles by connecting three or more bubbles of the same color and utilizing four different powerups to work your way through epic levels of increasingly challenging and fun puzzles. Take gameplay to the next level by challenging yourself to reach three stars on every level.
9. Apex Legends
Following in the footsteps of Fortnite, and in many cases taking over as a top contender in the free-to-play online massive multiplayer online gaming market, Apex Legends from the partnership of EA and Respawn Entertainment continues to stay on the top gaming charts. Select from a roster of characters known as Legends, each with different strengths and abilities. Combine your Legend’s unique skillsets with other player’s Legends to create the ultimate battle crew and face off with other opponents in the massive world arena with regularly updated maps for unique match opportunities.
Rust from Facepunch Studios is not your typical online game in any sense of the word. There’s only one word that matters in this game, and that’s survival. Face off against other players while simultaneously trying to keep yourself alive in this brutal survival game where you must deal with basic human needs such as thirst and hunger, but also protect yourself by finding shelter in the wilderness. While this storyline is not unique among past survival-based gaming titles, Rust takes the idea of survival online even further, allowing players to kill opponents for use as meat while navigating areas of hazardous radiation and avoiding bear attacks. Of course, you can also do more basic things like gather or steal materials and join clans to increase your overall chances of survival.
Whether you’re looking for a high-action sports title, a gruesome first-person shooter, or a challenging, mind-bending puzzle game, both independent and well-known gaming studios continue to pump out award-winning online gaming titles. With no signs of stopping anytime soon., it’s never been a better time to be a gamer.