Just How Popular is League of Legends?

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As the first season of competition comes to a close, League of Legends developer Riot Games celebrates by dropping some incredibly impressive player statistics for the free-to-play online action strategy title enjoyed by more than 1.4 million players a day.


That's right, more than 1.4 million players log in to the League of Legends servers every 24 hours, meaning a large percentage of the game's more than four million active players across North American and Europe visit League of Legends on a daily basis. That would certainly explain the 3.7 million hours spent each day playing League of Legends, spread across more than a million online matches.

The huge numbers are great news for fans of competitive gaming, and the fact that more than 1,690,000 viewers tuned into the online broadcast of the League of Legends Season One Championship says a great deal about the viability of eGaming as a spectator sport.


Then again, League of Legends does have more than 15 million registered players. When your fan base is that large, it's okay to cater to them.

Visit the League of Legends website to see what all the fuss is about. Just don't start playing unless you have plenty of free time.

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How come I've never heard of this game till last year?

The only thing I know about it is Valve bought some kind of clone based off it.