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Every once in a while, perhaps monthly, my boss sends around
an email showing the top played games according to Raptr. Most of you probably
know Raptr is kind of like the Facebook of gaming. It's a social media
application specific to gamers and provides all sorts of features like chat, game/achievements
tracking, in-game overlays, and game management. The application essentially
knows what you're playing and can tell you (and others) what you're playing and
how long you've been playing it. So of course the company behind it can see
what everyone else is playing and can compute the numbers.
Raptr is about making
PC gaming consistently awesome. We help gamers get the best performance
whenever they play, automatically save replays of every game, record videos,
broadcast their gameplay live, and share all of those incredible gaming moments
with the world - all in a simple, easy to use application with virtually no impact
on system performance.
For the last, oh I don't know...ever since I've been working
here...the report is always the same. League of Legends tops the chart. And not
just tops the chart, but blows away everything else. For example, in this
latest report, League of Legends was in first place with 17% of Raptr users.
The next closest game was Dota 2 with 8%.
If you ask me, that's kind of mind boggling. Don't get me
wrong - I have nothing against League of Legends. In fact, I'm trying to learn
how to play it myself. I watch my mentor and coach (also known as my son) play just
about every night. I'm fascinated by the game, and a big part of that is
because of the fascination with the game by so many other gamers.
Now, I'll be the first to admit you can't just look at
Raptr's report to tell whether a game is popular or not. I mean, not everybody
uses Raptr, so right off the bat there is a problem with the numbers. I
thought I'd look around and see what else I can find to see just how popular
League of Legends really is.
That's a lot of players! Of course you would expect Riot to
boast about their numbers but are there any other indicators of the game's
The first thing I did was visit Twitch. And according to
Twitch...there are a lot of people watching League of Legends. A lot. Like twice
as many people watching League of Legends streams than any other game. I think
this is significant because this is people watching a game, not playing a game.
There is that many people who like the game enough to watch others playing it.
Well, if Twitch is a good indicator, what about other social
media applications? The next place I went was Twitter. But before I did that, I
wanted to sort of set a baseline. So I checked out a few other games and
companies to see how many followers they had. You know, to sort of gauge the
Playstation has 4.4M followers.
Xbox has 3.5M followers.
Nintendo has 819K followers.
Titanfall has roughly 250K followers.
Destiny has roughly 300K followers.
Well, League of Legends has 1.38M followers.
It has more than most games do...more than Nintendo
has...roughly a quarter of what Playstation has, and a third of what Xbox has.
Not too shabby for a game that is a few years old (2009) and, oh yeah...free.
Yeah, I'd say that's popular.
We could do Facebook too but the statistics are about the
same. League of Legends has 10,870,414 likes on Facebook. More proof the game
really is as popular as it seems to be.
Hmm, anything else...
Video game events.
We're a few weeks away from PAX Prime and I can almost
guarantee you Riot will occupy the biggest piece of real estate at the venue
and there will be plenty of League fans there - some dressed in regular clothes
and some in cosplay. At PAX Prime last year Riot filled an entire hall,
complete with a stage and bleachers, and tons of fans. In terms of number of
people, it was easily the busiest part of the show. Well, except for maybe the
line to the bathroom and food stands...otherwise, Riot dominates the show.
I might also mention the number of new MOBAs under
development. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and no doubt there
are studios wanting to tap into the success and popularity League of Legends is
I don't know why the game is so popular and seems to continue
growing in popularity...but I do know I want to be a part of it. It will
definitely one of the biggest, if not the biggest, games of our generation.
Do you play League of Legends? If so, why do you think it's
so popular? If not, why do you think so many people like it, play it, watch it
and follow it?
Curious minds want to know...