Auto Chess is a new genre that started to gain a lot of prominence in 2019. It came to life with Dota Auto Chess, an arcade mode for the DotA 2. After its remarkable success, the model has been adapted by other games such as Teamfight mode Tactics (TFT) of the League of Legends (LoL). It became an instant success, as it reigned supreme over Fortnite for a couple of days. As it became the most watched game on Twitch TV.
In the game, players need to face each other on a board and win battles decided by the artificial intelligence of the game. Let’s have a look at the origin and success of Auto Chess.
The Beginning of Auto Chess
The game genre was started by a small game created by Drodo Studios. Called Dota Auto Chess, the game was released in January 2019 and became quite popular, especially among streamers. Auto Chess currently has almost 200,000 followers on Twitch TV and holds more than 4 million ratings on Steam. These numbers show the popularity and potential of the genre among the players.
A blend of MOBA with chess
In Auto Chess games, the player uses characters that act as pieces on a chessboard. Each champion has different fighting abilities and characteristics, so be aware of the synergy of the pieces. You can equip items from your inventory on parts to improve attack, gain life or defense. Items can be purchased with the gold that is received at the end of each round.
It is worth mentioning that battles happen automatically, without interference from the players until the end of the round.
The future of the Auto Chess genre
In LoL’s 9.13 patch, Riot Games has included the new game mode called Teamfight Tactics. The pieces are represented by the MOBA champions. So far, 50 champions have been confirmed in the new mode, but there are expectations that more characters will be introduced. The Valve also announced its official version of a game genre called Dota Underlords, which is already in the testing phase.
In addition, a new game was announced by the creators of Dota Auto Chess during the E3 2019. The game will be available in the Epic Games Store as early as 2019. It is worth mentioning the the Dota Underlords is also available for download on mobile phones. The developers also ensured that they will be launching a cross-platform feature in the future.
Competitive landscape of Auto Chess
After Riot’s and Valve’s investment in the new genre, we are confident that Forntite will announce its own mode. As previously mentioned, Epic Games Store will be getting its own Auto Chess. Yet we haven’t any announcement made for Fortnite.
We recommend you to sit back and enjoy the glory of Auto Chess. Since we will be getting a competitive circuit in the next few weeks. It will be hard for the developers to miss out on the success of the game. Meanwhile the players are hungry to compete for supremacy with millions of dollars on the line.