The Number of People Who Play League of Legends Just Blows my Mind

Because it exists in something of a bubble, outside of the normal video game release schedules and news channels, it's often difficult for outsiders to grasp just how freaking huge PC game League of Legends has become.

So here's a reminder: it is freaking huge.

Developers Riot Games have released some user data for the game, and while it's normally the kind of thing to roll your eyes at and then completely ignore, the sheer scale of these make them worth pointing out.


They say there are 32 million active players. Impressive, but "active" is a very flexible term (Riot says it's users who have played at least one game in a month). It's when you hear that twelve million of them play every single day that you do a double-take. And when they say that there's an average of three million players in League of Legends "concurrently", your jaw hits the floor.

All of this leads Riot to proclaim that LoL is, at least in terms of cumulative hours player per month, the "most played video game in the world".

You can see all of that, along with some looser figures, in the infographic below, whose timely release I'm sure has absolutely nothing to do with a rather forgettable week of news surrounding the game.


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