With the launch of a new wave of next generation consoles, gamers are perhaps forgetting the ultimate champion – the PC. While the console plugged in under the TV is treated like a toy, the PC gamer will treat his machine more like a high performance car, thus making him a cultured and dedicated gamer willing to spend cash for a better experience.
Let’s have a look at the most played PC games as of summer 2014:
10. Battlefield 4 – Market share: 1.34%
First person shooter publised by Electronic Arts, Battlefield 4 is a commercial success receiving positive critical response for its gameplay, graphics and multiplayer mode.
9. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – 1.59% Share
Hearthstone is a collectible card game that revolves around turn-based matches between two opponents, operated through Blizzard’s Battle.net.
8. Watch Dogs – Market share: 1.75%
Watch Dogs is an open world action-adventure video game published by Ubisoft.
7. Minecraft – Market share: 1.95%
Minecraft is an open world game with no specific goals for the player to accomplish, allowing players to explore their creativity.
6. Wildstar – Market share: 2.86%
WildStar is a fantasy / science fiction massively multiplayer online role-playing game that takes place on the fictional planet Nexus, where a powerful race known as the Eldan has disappeared leaving behind a wealth of technology and secrets for players to explore.
5. Diablo 3 – Market share: 3.19%
The third installment in the Diablo franchise, Diablo III set a new record for fastest-selling PC game by selling over 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release.
4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – Market share: 3.20%
The new version of the classic first person shooter developed by Valve, CS GO has been met with generally positive reviews from professional critics.
3. World of Warcraft – Market share: 6.13%
World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) created in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment where players control a character avatar within a game world in third or first-person view, exploring landscape, fighting monsters, completing quests, and interacting with non-player characters (NPCs) or other players.
2. DOTA 2 – Market share: 8.15%
Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena game (5 vs 5), with the gameplay focused around combat in a three-dimensional environment from an oblique high-angle perspective.
The earliest version of Dota emerged in 2003 as a custom map for Warcraft III, created by “Icefrog”. Blizzard was too busy developing World of Warcraft and did not show any interest in developing the Dota mod. Valve picked up the idea and by late 2011 they released DOTA 2 in a public beta testing phase. Now DOTA 2 has more active users than World of Warcraft.
1. League of Legends – Market share: 16.76%
League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games, inspired by the Warcraft 3 mod Defense of the Ancients. The game was released in October 2009. As of January 2014, over 67 million people play League of Legends per month, 27 million per day, and over 7.5 million concurrently during peak hours.