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DOTA 2 and LoL are most played PC games

DOTA 2 and LoL are most played PC games

League of Legends has a very strong playerbase worldwide compared to Valve's DOTA 2, which until recently was only accessible via invitation.

DOTA 2 was the most played PC title in the first quarter of 2013 according to multiple data sources compiled into a report by DFC Intelligence.

The company's PC Game Meter service established that usage of the top 20 PC games on the list increased year-on-year by 22% compared to the first quarter of 2012 and increased 8% compared to the last quarter of 2012.

The veracity of the top spot on the list has however been challenged by other outlets which point out rival MOBA title League of Legends far out performs DOTA 2 in terms of usage according to Xfire, one of the sources mentioned by DFC, and official statistics from the two games' developers.

Valve's DOTA 2 community hub shows approximately 250,000 concurrent players while Riot Games states that League of Legends sees more than 500,000 peak concurrent users every day.

GamesIndustry International reports that DFC has explained the discrepancy in its figures by pointing out that Asian markets represent a large chunk of League of Legends' player-base and that DFC Intelligence does not measure this, focusing instead on the US and Europe.

Regardless of which title truly holds the top spot, both MOBA titles are far ahead of World of Warcraft which sits at third place. DFC Analyst David Cole also name checks Guild Wars 2, Battlefield 3, Minecraft, World of Tanks and Counter-Strike as having driven players to the PC over 2012. He also states that Diablo 3 briefly contested DOTA 2 and League of Legends for size of player base shortly after its launch.

However, DFC Intelligence's PC Game Meter service does not necessarily tell us the most popular PC title at present as it only includes 'core' titles and excludes casual and browser-based games. There is still therefore a chance that both League of Legends and DOTA 2 are being thrashed by Solitaire.

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will_123 11th April 2013, 10:13 Quote
Thats great, love dota good to see its taking the gaming community by storm. Just love that its totally skilled based. 226 hours and still absolute trash at it ha! Getting there tho!
Griffter 11th April 2013, 10:50 Quote
i think the google doodle games beats them all
Draksis 11th April 2013, 14:04 Quote
Would like to see that list, just to note where the other names are ranked.
Skiddywinks 11th April 2013, 14:46 Quote
Surprised to see no mention of SC2
Xir 11th April 2013, 15:03 Quote
Amazing, I actually had to look up DOTA and LOL, never having even heared of them.
Yslen 11th April 2013, 15:06 Quote
The report has apparently been squashed after Riot questioned the statistics. League of Legends sees half a million concurrent players every day just on the western European servers. The DOTA 2 record for highest concurrent player count sits at just over 300,000 globally.
DaBigDog 11th April 2013, 15:16 Quote
Hmm an impressive number to beat both World of Tanks and World of Warcraft, although it does only cover Europe and US, so no global reach as such.
rollo 11th April 2013, 18:47 Quote
Too many ways that this could be biased

Run wows numbers on a Tuesday after all raids reset and the numbers would be higher.

Run it on a Monday to see how low it could go.

Only reason Starcraft 2 is not fighting it out is lack of Asia market as its there most played game and I'd take a guess they are a bigger market than either Europe or USA is at the moment.
jrs77 11th April 2013, 19:03 Quote
Biased numbers are biased.

WoW has easily a million of players loggin in each day. Even EvE Online has 100+k individual players logging in every day.

They need to get rid of their biased tools and start measuring server-client connections directly at the gameservers. Unfortunately this will never happen, so we'll never get unbiased numbers.
modfx 11th April 2013, 21:25 Quote
I'm just wondering how many people still play WoW if they were to somehow include custom/private servers. I never played proper WoW but did spend a few months on a German vanilla 60 one a couple of years ago with about 20 odd rl mates and it seemed to have a pretty damn strong community back then, I dont know how many people are still on now, don't even remember the server name. I left when I discovered LoL.
Gradius 12th April 2013, 00:51 Quote
I don't play any of them.
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