Counterstrike you might guess? Call of Duty? Maybe even Overwatch? No, the popularity of those games are nothing when compared to The Fall.
So I watched an episode of the CBS network television series "Bull" recently, which originally aired about a year ago. It's not a great show, but you could do worse in the courtroom drama genre. Anyhow, this particular episode had a whole MLG type plotline, and I was quite surprised to see the show using Titanfall 2 for its "this is the most popular game in the world, and people can make a fortune playing it" narrative.
They referred to the game as "Titanfall," never Titanfall 2, and they kept calling it "The Fall," I guess in an attempt to sound cool. "I didn't know you played The Fall?" Considering the level of actual success found by Titanfall 2, and all the other stupid things the episode got wrong about both that game and games in general, it was pretty hilarious.
In the opening scene, a professional Titanfall 2 player misses a shot, which causes his team to accuse him of intentionally throwing the game. Later in the episode, you learn that the player in question has missed maybe five shots in his entire pro-gaming career. That's a bit like the idea of a professional tennis player missing only five shots in their whole tennis career. The simple idea of a zero-sum game being played at the highest levels of competition seemed completely lost on these writers.
Apparently, another CBS drama Madame Secretary, also featured Titanfall 2 product placement.
Be honest, you all knew that it was going to be Titanfall 2 that was bigger than the World Series, right?
Yeah. And the mainstream media's limited understanding of video games continues unabated.