Some people think Dota 2 is huge. Sure, it can often get half a million people playing a day – that’s nothing to sneeze at. But League of Legends is in a, uh, league of its own.
According to Riot Games, League of Legends has doubled its players since October 2012. That’s right, it now sees more than 27 million gamers playing it every day with a peak of 7.5 million concurrent users. No wonder they were able to bring in $624 million in revenue last year despite being completely playable for free. That is an enormous install base.
Let’s do a quick comparison. Here is a pretty graph courtesy of Steamgraph (a tool that is far too much fun):
So, when Dota 2 hit its impressive peak of 645 254 concurrent users on 4 January, it was still only 8% of LoL’s numbers. That is simply insane. Some people believe that players are moving away from Dota 2 towards LoL, but it could also just be that the install base is growing. Either way, it certainly dwarfs games like COD. Even L4D2 (which we should play again tonight) barely makes a dent in users, and it was given away for free in December.
This can only be good for eSports – the more people playing the game, the more likely it is that they will watch the pros play the game. The more people getting involved in eSports, the more sponsors will invest and the more established pro gaming will become.
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Last Updated: January 28, 2014