Popular media outlet Pocket Gamers has announced the winners of its annual mobile gaming awards for 2021, with Free Fire winning the Best Battle Royale Title award.
2021 has continued to bring steady growth for mobile gaming titles. Titles like Free Fire, Genshin Impact, and PUBG Mobile have played a pivotal role in mobile gaming and esports' growth. Free Fire was the second most downloaded mobile game in 2020.
These titles have broken many records recently, and their developers have been felicitated with numerous awards, with the Pocket Gamer Awards being one of many.
Free Fire wins best Battle Royale title
Free Fire's win is a sign of its meteoric rise since last year where it won the best Esports Mobile Game of the Year award at the Esports Awards.
Garena, the publisher of Free Fire, was also awarded the Best Mobile Publisher. Riot Games won the title for the Best Mobile developer.
Among the other nominees was Genshin Impact by miHiyo, which won the Mobile Game of the Year. Genshin Impact has made major inroads in the mobile gaming scene, taking the top spots in terms of revenue and downloads.
Another popular mobile title COD Mobile by Activision won in the category of "Best Game We're Still Playing." iPhone 12 Pro Max was awarded the Best Gaming Phone.
Pocket Gamer also awarded prizes in various other categories listed below.
- Best Platform Game: Little Orpheus
- Best Simulation Game: Transport City: Truck Tycoon
- Best Sports Game: Retro Bowl
- Best Game Narrative: There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension
- Best 'Quick Play' Game: Clusterduck
- Best Mobile Conversion: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
- Best Apple Arcade Game: Alba: a Wildlife Adventure
- Best Educational Game: Dish Life: The Game
- Best Strategy Game: Company of Heroes
- Best RPG: Knighthood
- Most Innovative Game: HoloVista
- Best Gaming Accessory: Razer Kishi Controller
- Best Gaming Tablet: Apple iPad Pro
- Best Battle Royale Game: Garena Free Fire
- Best AR Game: LEGO Hidden Side
- Best Puzzle Game: Pokemon Cafe Mix
- Best Racing Game: Dirt Bike Unchained
- Best Google Play Pass Game: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Best Mobile Publisher: Garena
- Best Action Game: Pascal's Wager
- Best Digital Board Game: The Game of Life 2
- Best Gaming Phone: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
- Best Multiplayer Game: EVE Echoes
- Best Shooter: Warface: Global Operations
- Best Game We're Still Playing: Call of Duty Mobile
- Best Mobile Developer: Riot Games
- Hall Of Fame: Angry Birds
- Mobile Game of the Year: Genshin Impact
These felicitations not only encourage the titles and their publishing houses to do better and come out with major updates but also give a sense of pride to fans of the titles.