It’s entirely possible that Pokémon Unite won’t become the next big competitive game.
Pokémon Unite might not be the next big esport — I’m not expecting to see the game launch alongside a professional league where matches are played in front of thousands of fans — but it could very well open up the often niche and impenetrable field to a more mainstream audience, thanks to a combination of platform and existing audience.
The traditional console games sell at a brisk pace — Nintendo says that last year’s Sword and Shield had “the highest-grossing launch of any Pokémon game” in the US — while Pokémon Go remains one of the most popular video games of all time.
But while it’s easy to be cynical about the announcement, there’s no denying a simple fact: Pokémon Unite has the potential to be absolutely massive when it finally launches and open up the world of competitive gaming to a whole new audience.
But the combination of developer, genre, and intellectual property suggests that Pokémon Unite has a good chance at expanding the world of Pokémon in a new way.
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