There have never been more online gamers in the world, but what kind of games are people playing? What genres? How much do they pay for these games? These are just some of the question that will be answered below, so stay tuned!
First off, let’s begin by stating where these statistics are coming from. I will be using data coming from Raptr. Also, the list is based on the time-spent-in-game basis and not on the number of active players, although these numbers will be mentioned. These kinds of statistics change all the time, and if you want to be up to date, check out statista.com for the latest info. The numbers are based on data received in June of 2015. So now that we are clear on that, let’s start the countdown.
If you haven’t played it, you have definitely heard about it. One of the most popular PC games, thanks to its simplicity, fun gameplay, low system requirements and the fact that almost everyone is able to play. It’s not strictly an online game, but it does offer a plethora of user created online modes. Some of these modes are very fast-paced and matches do not last very long, which might explain why the game has only a share of 1.88%.
9. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
The first Blizzard game on this list is is actually a card game. When it was announced for the March 11th, 2014 release, people simply did not know how to react or what to think – a card game from Blizzard was simply unheard of. That was a rather strange concept for most gamers. On top of seeing many familiar faces from the popular Warcraft franchise, Hearthstone looks to be the most polished and user friendly online card game available. The turns are fast and smooth, and the cards themselves are straightforward and easy to understand. There are no convoluted rules or complicated features. If a card says it does a certain amount of damage, that is the actual damage it will inflict.. It’s just that easy. Above all, the game is free to play, so no wonder it has found its place on this list, players are able to play for hours without getting bored or tired.
Smite is a MOBA type game, but with a twist. The difference from conventional MOBAs is that the camera is third-person oriented, making the the battles feel more personal. In this game you do not choose champions or heroes, but rather gods, mostly from the Greek mythology. Everything else is just like any other MOBA, just in third person. Five versus five battles, the winner being the first team to destroy the other teams base. It is a fun and different kind of approach to MOBAs and definitely worth a try if you are a fan of the genre. It has managed to gather a share of 2,21%.
7. Heroes of the Storm
Here we go again, now in way combining the last two on the list. Heroes of The Storm is a moba created by Blizzard. Even though DOTA was a map in Warcraft and started the whole MOBA craze, DOTA 2 is not a Blizzard game. HOTS is a classic MOBA with five-versus-five team combat, heavily concentrated on objectives. The game was generally positively received by the critics, but has still a long way to go if it wants to come close to DOTA 2 or League of Legends. It managed to beat Smite by a very small margin, with 2.37% of the share.
6. Grand Theft Auto V
How did a mainly single-player game get on this list? Well, it is no secret that the new GTA game is a major commercial success, beating all kinds of sales records. Rockstar has not yet released sales numbers for the PC, but the game has around 52.000 daily players. What is amazing is that gamers stay in game longer than they do with World of Warcraft. The online world of GTA offers players to play with friends, go on heists, explore the city or just destroy the city and get chased by cops. The possibilities are simply endless for this game. Its share on the list of the 20 most popular games for 2015 is 5.31%, and these numbers will just increase as the game decreases in price.
5. World of Tanks
Not a MOBA, but it is about team fights, this time with tanks. It is a very popular game among both younger and older players. The tanks are authentic and well designed. The gameplay is tense and fun. World of Tanks is one of those ‘free-to-play’ games where you can speed up the process of progressing by using money, but everything is pretty much available for free – you just need to play longer. It has managed to grab a 3.12% of the share.
4. DOTA 2
The first MOBA on the list is DOTA 2, and it’s also the first free-to-play game on the list. The game can be downloaded through Steam. With around 825.000 active daily players it is a major success. One of the reasons for its popularity is the International, the biggest gaming tournament in eSports, if you take into account the prize money. Here, teams from all over the world battle it out against each other for the multi-million-dollar first-place prize. The tournament was broadcasted on an American national TV station last year, which was the first time that any e-sports event was broadcasted live on US television. Its share on the list of the 20 most popular games for 2015 is 5.73%.
3. World of Warcraft
This is the oldest game on this list, and is aging pretty well. The number of active players is on the decline overall, but the recent expansion called “Warlords of Draenor” has brought the series a much needed refreshment. Another fact about this game is that it is the only game with a month-to-month based subscription that is around 15$ per month. With the rise of the free-to-play games, this business model is not a great choice, and the number of players will continue to decline. It was the first MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game). It has around ten million active players. An active player is someone who plays the game at least once a month. Its share on the list of the 20 most popular games for 2015 is 5.25%.
2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike is a well-known franchise. Starting out as a mod for Half-Life, it soon grew into a full on FPS multiplayer success story. Even though it is not a free-to-play game, it is priced at 10$, but it’s often on sale on Steam for around 5$. There are many improvements compared to the previous versions, one of which is a leveling system and different skins for weapons that can be purchased or sold on the Steam Marketplace. The number of daily players is between 400.000 – 500.000. Its share on the list of the 20 most popular games for 2015 is 6.47%.
1. League of Legends
By far the most popular game in the world today is another free-to-play MOBA. Some call it a DOTA rip-off, or just an easy version of the game, but millions of other people disagree. There are around 27 million active players, by far surpassing all the other games on this list combined! The way that developers make money off of it is by creating skins for the champions in the game. Its not a pay-to-win model, because the skins do not enhance your champion in any way, they just look different. Like DOTA 2 it has its own e-Sport scene, with the world cup of the so called sport named Worlds. An interesting fact is that this game is so popular in some countries that they even have schools dedicated to them. Its share on the list of the 20 most popular games for 2015 is 20.79%.
So what are you waiting for? Start your favourite game, or try to begin a new journey if you haven’t tried some of the games from this list . The endless world of online gaming awaits!