Dota 2, League of Legends Most Played PC Games in the West
Update: DFC has now updated its report, with analyst David Cole providing GI.biz the following statement:
“We have this service that tracks usage of PC games. League of Legends is always on top by a huge margin, an order of magnitude. The only time anything came close was the launch of Diablo III, but just for a short time. Dota 2 showed a huge bump in usage; first product to do that well in a long time.
The thing is globally [League of Legends] is still much bigger because we don’t track Asia and many of the small markets they have penetrated. Our tracking is only key Western markets. China alone counts for way more usage of [League of Legends] than the rest of the world, so that is the major footnote we have been telling everyone. The main news to me was that Dota 2 has been a huge success.”
Additionally, Riot Games has questioned the validity of the report, telling GI that League of Legends has “over 500,000 peak concurrent players every day on just the EU West shard,” which doesn’t include its numerous U.S. players. This is compared to a peak of 325,879 concurrents on Valve’s Steamgraph for Dota 2.
“You can see how we would have some issues with the accuracy of this report,” a Riot spokesperson said.
Original story follows:
Dota 2 is now the most-played PC game in the West according to research firm DFC Intelligence. According to DFC’s PC Game Meter service, Dota 2 passed League of Legends in the first quarter of 2013 as the most played “core” title (DFC does not track casual or browser-based games).
DFC’s conclusion is based on multiple sources that include real-time stats from the 23 million players using Xfire. Both Dota 2 and League of Legends came in ahead of World of Warcraft.
“Usage of League of Legends has been steady the past year and surprisingly the huge success of Dota 2 did not seem to cut into its popularity as much as would be expected,” said DFC analyst Jeremy Miller.
PC game play was up 22% compared to the same period in 2012, with DFC analyst David Cole noting that “the past year has seen numerous blockbuster PC games that have really helped drive usage. This includes among others Diablo III, Guild Wars 2, Battlefield 3, Minecraft, World of Tanks and Valve’s Counter-Strike series.”
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