Published on April 11th, 2013 | by George X.1
Dota 2 passes League of Legends as most played PC game in the West, or not?
GameIndustry International published a report from DFC Intelligence on PC gaming in North America and Europe that shows Dota 2 as the most played game, followed by League of Legends. Blizzard’s World of Warcraft is on the third spot. The report covers PC gaming in North America and Europe based on the DFC Intelligence PC Game Meter service, which combines data from multiple sources, including real-time stats from Xfire’s 23 million users.
“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.
That was the original story. Riot Games has challenged DFC Intelligence’s report and approached GamesIndustry International with its own statistics on the matter. According to a Riot Games spokesperson, League of Legends sees “over 500,000 peak concurrent players every day on just the EU West shard,” which doesn’t even touch on players in the United States. This is contrasted with the 325,879 players that Valve’s Steamgraph shows as the all-time high for Dota 2 Beta.
“You can see how we would have some issues with the accuracy of this report,” said the Riot Games spokesperson in a statement.
And the MOBA War just begun!