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 popularity

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 numbers.

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...

Oh yes.

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 experiencing.

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...