Teenagers and adults are becoming more and more addicted to the gaming scene than before. According to research from The University of Essex, people around the globe spend about three billion hours per week playing video games.
Let’s look at the top 4 most addictive online multiplayer games and the statistics of current and total players of that game.
In 2017, Epic Games released its most famous shooter game, which was an instant hit amongst the gaming community. Fornite is a free-to-play online battle royale game where up to 100 players fight each other to be the last man standing. These players are dropped into a fighting area where they have to collect weapons and gain enough resources to become stronger. But in the end, it all comes down to skill and faster reflexes.
Fornite is one of the most played online games amassing 250 million players across the globe. Though, the most impressive statistic is the 10.8 million concurrent players record that Fornite holds. It has become so much popular that many people are raising concerns over Fornite addiction and comparing this game to drugs. Nonetheless, this game is still a massive hit among teenagers, and almost everyone is hooked to it.
2. LEAGUE OF LEGENDS (LoL)
League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena (MoBA) video game developed by Riot Games and released in 2009. Most of the mechanics of this game were inspired by Defense of The Ancients, a mod of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.
In League of Legends, a player assumes control of a champion who has a few abilities. It’s a 5v5 game and the team which destroys the opposing team’s main building, Nexus, wins the game. You can choose from a pool of 144 champions, each having his unique abilities.
After its release, LoL has gradually increased in popularity with an active player base of 80 million monthly players which is still growing substantially.
3. Defense of the Ancients (DotA 2)
DotA 2 is another multiplayer online battle arena which is the second edition of DotA; one of the oldest MoBA games. Developed and published by Valve Corporation, DoTA 2 is played between two teams of 5 players with each player controlling a different hero having unique abilities. Both League of Legends and DotA have the same mechanics, and like LoL players need to destroy the opposing team’s ancient.
DotA 2 has the largest E-Sports scene, The International, where different teams are invited to play a tournament. The overall prize pool for The International 2018 was a whopping 24 million dollars, higher than the super bowl prize money and many other mainstream competitions.
4. PlayersUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)
PUBG is an online multiplayer battle royale game, developed and published by PUBG Corporation in 2017. This game is the main competitor of Fornite as both games are the most famous Battle Royale games out there.
PUBG, like Fornite, is a last man standing deathmatch where the winner takes the pride. Players can choose to play solo, in a duo and a party of up to four players. The all-time peak players of PUBG are recorded to be 3.2 million, with a total of 400 million have played the game. There is also a mobile version available of PUBG in beta mode, and an emulator version for people with backend spec PCs.