July 11th, 2012
There's a new sheriff in town.
Three years after its release, League of Legends has overtaken the longstanding World of Warcraft as the most-played PC game in the world, according to a new report.
What's incredible is the speed in which the upstart game has taken over, not to mention its radical free-to-play business model. All told, League of Legends players logged nearly 1.3 billion hours of gameplay over the last year. More than WoW. More than Minecraft. More than Heroes of Newerth.
"The fact that online games such League of Legends eclipsed more than a billion hours of online game time in a year is simply incredible, and a testament to the fundamental shift currently sweeping through the games industry," said David Cole of DFC Intelligence, which released the study.
"By comparison, Bungie recently announced that the Halo franchise surpassed two billion hours of online play, but that’s over a period of seven years," he added.
I remember when a League of Legends PR rep contacted me in 2009 to announce the game. I liked the game, but was skeptical of its then new free-to-play model, which I thought would limit the game's reach.
I was wrong, apparently.
The top 10 most played games were as follows:
- League of Legends
- World of Warcraft
- Heroes of Newerth
- Diablo III
- Battlefield 3
- Maple Story
- Starcraft II
- World of Tanks
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Anything surprise you?
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