What does MOBA stand for in online gaming?

Multiplayer online battle arena

Gamers use MOBA as shorthand for the "multiplayer online battle arena" genre. In MOBAs, two teams of players fight against each other in a confined area composed of multiple lanes. Each player's character typically has unique abilities, which they use to kill enemy players and creeps, as well as claim the opposition's territory.

Popular MOBAs include League of Legends (LoL), Smite, Defense of the Ancients (DotA), and Heroes of the Storm (HotS). You may also see MOBAs referred to as action real-time strategy (ARTS) games.


I love playing MOBAs with my friends, but I hate playing them with strangers
DotA 2 is one of many MOBAs
DotA 2 is one of many MOBAs

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Updated February 15, 2022

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