League of Legends now boasts 27 million daily players

That's more than double the number Riot Games reported in October 2012.

Riot Games' hugely popular free-to-play MOBA League of Legends continues to grow. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the game now sees more than 27 million players every day, well above the 12 million announced in October 2012.

That's not the only number on the rise. Riot Games has now disclosed a peak concurrent player figure of 7.5 million people, which is up 50 percent from the 5 million number announced last year.

By comparison, the most popular game on Steam right now is the free-to-play DOTA 2, which counts 642,000 people playing simultaneously right now, just a fraction of the mark set by League of Legends.

Importantly, however, Riot Games has not disclosed any engagement-type statistics, like how many users are spending real-world money on the game. A report from SuperData this month suggested that League of Legends' revenues for 2013 were $624 million.

Not only is business booming for League of Legends, but employees appear to be happy. A recent workplace study found that 94 percent of employees at the Santa Monica, Calif.-based company feel they are treated fairly and 98 percent endorse the company as a "great workplace."

The League of Legends eSports community is also thriving. 32 million people watched the League of Legends Season 3 World Championships, making it the most watched eSports event in history. In addition, the United States government now recognizes League of Legends players as professional athletes.

Riot Games expects League of Legends to be around for at least another 10 years.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Lucas Pearson
Lucas Pearson

i gotta agree with him most of them are ass holes half the time it doesnt feel like a game becuase people jsut complain about everything its like w/e to win some lose some no big deal 4 out every 5 games has somesort of harassing or trollling in it

Colin Frazier
Colin Frazier

Don't worry, it really doesn't suck for you. It's awful.

Joshua Giddings
Joshua Giddings

To be fair, I love the game, but I gave up some time ago on the PvP simply because of troll's ruining a fun experience.

David Chang
David Chang

Best FPS ever? Why are we discussing Half-Life 2 on a LoL post?

Red Lagoon
Red Lagoon

If you are matched with assholes, than the matchmaking think they are the right team mates for you :)

Sorosh Hoseny
Sorosh Hoseny

pffffffffffffff that was a Bulshit just Dota 2

Ryan Wilkes
Ryan Wilkes

in what way is it trash lol.. its not even out so if you know something nobody else knows share it lol

Patrick Robert Mason
Patrick Robert Mason

Nah LoL looks like a good game but not a game I want to waste my time on

Cesar Becerra
Cesar Becerra

Really? Most of the people I play alongside with are usually friendly and have badges and such. I guess it's luck

Justin Eric Stephen Millard
Justin Eric Stephen Millard

I have a feeling Valve will eventually release a simplified version of Dota 2 to claim some of that market. Either a casual game mode or for when DOTA 3 eventually rolls out.

stormed81
stormed81

The game is free to play, so I don't see why the number of players is a useful stat. Not only that, but I can't think of one friend that doesn't have at least 3 accounts. I find it hard to believe that 27,000,000 unique people play this game daily.  98% of the employees think this is a good place to work because they are given 3 months to release content/features. I think the game is fun, but the community is a cesspool of under-aged assholes and I have better things to do than let a 12 year old pimple-popper ruin my limited gaming sessions. Add the inability for Riot to have any idea of how to balance mechanics and you have a popular piece of trash.

swordstaker
swordstaker

The game is an unpolished mess. Unbalanced as all hell and a community full of trash. Riot is a piss poor example for a company who doesn't know what balance means. They buff what needs a nerf and nerf what needs a buff.

befo72
befo72

What? No "...Which Is Way More than World of Tanks" included in the title?

Kr3isen
Kr3isen

Gamespot is filled with hipsters, always hating on everything thats popular. Now im off to go stroke my BF4 kda, GET AT ME HIPSTERS!

holtrocks
holtrocks

Good god this community on gamespot is pathetic. 

isv666
isv666

I tried it out and immediately got turned off by the community.  My first match with other players (against bots), I was doing pretty poorly and the other players were pretty much trash talking the whole time.  Made for a very  negative environment on the beginner mode, no less.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I don't care about mobas or other popular games. I'm so cool, because I play old offline singleplayer games that no one cares about :P.

kiznar
kiznar

Lol all those numbers prove is that millions of people prefer to play an easy mode game

kiznar
kiznar

This game seriously shows how far gaming has went back. Games now adays have no advanced monement / mechanics. Its all simple watered down bullshit

Poodger
Poodger

@stormed81I don't know a single person who plays their alternate account more than once or twice a year. I am sure a vast majority of those players are unique. And numbers do mean something, even with a free to play game, because it shows popularity of a game.

Poodger
Poodger

@swordstakerAnd yet the game is still fun, and stable to play. It is also a shining example of how to do F2P right. Any game with over 100 playable characters is going to be a nightmare to balance.

MusclesJAM
MusclesJAM

@isv666 Definitely the biggest drawback of the game.  The gameplay is addictive, and the competition of it gives a good adrenaline-rush, but damn are there a lot of assholes.  I try to play with friends and ignore people who flame you for having a bad game.

pupp3t_mast3r
pupp3t_mast3r

@isv666 There's a pretty generic development curve for online communities, the longer an online game has a strong community the more elitist it becomes. It's part of the reason I left Dota 2 and WoW even though I played both games for a few years.

wexorian
wexorian

@isv666 All big gaming communities have Rude Immature aka "pro" community but not all players are like that, especially Lol have biggest community in gaming industry.

Poodger
Poodger

@kiznarSo because you don't like it, the millions that do are wrong? The game is fun, and that is that.

Dark_Mits
Dark_Mits

@kiznar I sometimes wonder what to support. On one hand gameplay of many favourite genres has indeed been simplified, like RPGs (mash one or two buttons vs. wade through tens of options in menus), FPS (corridor-like levels vs. mazes) and such, but on the other hand these games (MOBAs) are more of the type "We give you a simple toolset, whoever uses it to the best is the better player", which would be the equivalent of naming the better player whoever did a faster speedrun through Super Mario Bros.

wexorian
wexorian

@kiznar Dota i presume, No advanced mechanics? 1 new hero every month and new modes are around each month, all heroes are different and compared to dota there are more Mechanics in game, dota has build this item and win 1v5 while lol is team game and only items are not enough need runes ,mastery and teamplay. nuff said go sleep 

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

@Poodger@stormed81 I think the amount of revenue they brought in, $624 million, is a more telling number of how popular their game is.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

@Poodger @swordstaker As a person whos been playing dota for years, i can play LoL while drunk and have a ping of 200ms and still do well.

Krauklis
Krauklis

@wexorian I think he was talking about how MOBA's are very dumbed down RTS games essentially, so even players with very little skill can perform decently, compered to games like SCII where MOBA players would be eaten alive. 


I prefer playing MOBA games and my game is DOTA 2, but I am not some buthurt fanboy to attack people online who play another game like you. 

sirapathetic01
sirapathetic01

@Krauklis New players can do awesome? Lol. Try playing a group of professional players and then a group of newcomers. You'll see the difference in performance output there.

AnimeFreaks
AnimeFreaks

@Dark_Mitssorry no. at the very least there's this thing called SC1. i dont know where age of mythology and age of empires 3 comes into it. maybe you can explain. they are just different games with different theme, units and maps. control wise they are really not that different. alot of people are saying there have been no innovation for rts genre.

Poodger
Poodger

@Krauklis@wexorianMobas are way different from RTS games. Some people simply don't like controlling mass amounts of units. Some people would rather just control one unit and not have to farm for resources. They are entirely different genres.