As part of Uswitch’s online gaming statistics, the fibre broadband experts wanted to identify the most profitable and easiest games for players to become experts in. First, they analysed the top 25 video games with the greatest prize pools in 2022. To identify the most profitable games that are easiest to master, a complexity score out of 10 was assigned to each game based on reviews analysed for keywords such as “complex” and “difficult”.
Dota 2 provided the most winnings in 2022, surpassing a staggering £26.9 million. Despite the high prize, pro players of this real-time strategy (RTS) game will have to work extra hard to earn their money. Amongst the top 10 games that offer the biggest cash prizes, Dota 2 is the second most difficult to master as it has a complexity score of 8.67/10, ranking only below Hearthstone in first (9.33/10).
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) mobile game, paid out over £19 million in 2022, presenting the most lucrative eSports earnings of any other battle royale game. PUBG has proven much more popular among mobile players than any other platform, as the standard version paid out less than half (£6,904,000) to its eSports players. Unlike Dota 2, PUBG only ranks at a 3.33/10 on the complexity scale, making it a much easier game to become profitable in.
Placing third in the study, Fortnite is the second battle royale game to feature within the top three, generating over £13.9 million in prize pools for its players. This is well over double the winnings of one of its major rivals – Apex Legends, which provided a total of £5.2 million in prize pools in 2022.
Battle royale games, such as Fortnite, score very low on complexity (2.67/10), indicating that they may be the best games to become experts at. As the game’s Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) has already announced 10 million pounds in prize pools across three majors, rivalry is likely to grow fierce throughout 2023.
“Whether you’re playing casually or professionally, a poor internet connection is an ordeal for any gamer. However, there are steps you can take to keep your gaming experience lag-free:
- Check your broadband speed: Technically, a minimum speed of 3mbps is all you need to play online. However, that figure doesn’t take into account others in the home sharing your internet connection and some games requiring large downloads. With this in mind, a download speed of 50mbps – 100mbps is more appropriate for gamers, especially those interested in streaming their gameplay.
- Switch to a wired connection: Currently, a wired connection is the only way to get the fastest speeds in the UK. While a wireless connection can allow for a cleaner set-up, a wired connection can better ensure that your online play runs smoothly.
- Check your ping: Your ping is essentially the reaction time of your broadband. Usually measured in milliseconds, ping is the time it takes for your device to communicate your in-game actions to the server. If you have a ping over 150ms, it may be worth talking to your provider to see if there are alternative plans to help reduce this.