League of Legends dev challenges Dota 2 popularity claims

Wednesday, 10th April 2013 23:51 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Riot Games has added its voice to a number of critics of yesterday’s report claiming Dota 2 had overtaken League of Legends to become the most popular PC game in the west.

Global concurrent figures for Dota 2 peak at 625,897, which is certainly a significant number, but Riot told us that it has recorded concurrent League of Legend users of over 500,000 on just one shard in Europe, let alone in the US.

DFC Intelligence, the analyst firm behind the report, did not reveal the methods it used in coming to the conclusion published yesterday, but it did mention that one of the data sources it tracks is Xfire; a quick look at that service shows League of Legends attracting literally well over ten times as many players.

When challenged by GamesIndustry on the matter, DFC said the discrepancy is caused by Asian markets, which it doesn’t track – but the report is no longer listed on the analyst firm’s press release page.

Riot’s player number reports regularly claim that League of Legends is the most popular PC game in the world.



  1. rockman29

    /cue hate for MOBAs

    Not trying to be apathetic… just realistic. It’s a misunderstood genre, in the way many people misunderstand CounsterStrike despite it’s popularity.

    Long time WC3 player, long time SC2 player, long time Dota player, long time Dota 2 player.

    These are different games. It’s not such a big deal which is more popular. Play, and enjoy, and after the game is done put a sock in your mouth and end the fanboyism! :)

    For the record, I’m a Dota guy, my preference for my own reasons.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Anaron

    The figure for Dota 2 is 325,897 (not 625,897). It’s the most popular Steam game but it’s not even close to League of Legends… yet. My brothers have played both games but they prefer LoL. I’ve mostly played Dota 2 and I prefer that game. People should enjoy what they like and not worry about what’s more popular.

    #2 2 years ago

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