Skillz Announce Top Performing Smartphones in Mobile Esports
As the popularity of mobile esports continues to grow, so does the size of mobile phones. According to a report from the mobile esports platform Skillz, using a bigger smartphone have a win rate up to six percent higher. It may sound small, but a few percentage points can make or break the career of professional players.
One such player, Jennifer Tu, said upgrading to a larger smartphone display made a huge difference in her game. Tu was the seventh-highest earning mobile esports athlete in 2017. She said the extra screen space on the iPhone X compared to the 6S allows her to see more opportunities in matches.
A separate study published by Newzoo also found that smartphone screen size improved gaming experiences.
Both Apple and Samsung released their largest smartphone screens yet this month, the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy Note 9, respectively. Though neither company is calling their new releases a “phablet,” but name would be appropriate. A size comparison on PhoneArena.com shows the new phones by Samsung and Apple are less than two inches smaller than the Apple iPad Mini 4.
Along with other smartphone makers, Apple and Samsung have begun to embrace mobile esports and leverage their popularity to drive phone sales. Ahead of the release of the Note 9, Samsung partnered with Fortnite publisher Epic Games to offer exclusive Fortnite skins to buyers of their newest smartphone.
Apple made a similar deal with Bethesda Studios, using the new game release The Elder Scrolls: Blades to showcase the capabilities of the latest iPhone during its debut.