According to a report by SuperData, League of Legends is No. 1 in the world in terms of PC game revenue since the start of 2017.
Long championed as perhaps the most popular game in the world, it’s no surprise to see League of Legends at the top of the list. With millions of players around the world, League maintained its market presence across multiple continents and remains at the top despite being eight years old. The report did not offer specific revenue amounts for games.
Perhaps most high profile competitive FPS game in the West, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ranks ninth, according to the report. The most popular competitive online FPS in the world is Crossfire, developed by South Korean developers Smilegate. The game ranks in third on PCs, just behind League and the MMORPG Dungeon Fighter Online. With the backing of Tencent, the Chinese tech giant that also holds a majority share in Riot Games, Crossfire has managed to be one of the most popular games in the Asian market.
The power of the Asian market is on full display in this list, as games like League and Crossfire have a strong presence in China. Although Crossfire has little to no marketing done in the West, it presumably generates much more money than CS:GO with the help of Tencent.
On the console side of things, popular soccer game FIFA 17 was ranked first, followed by Grand Theft Auto V, a game published in 2013 with a free-to-play element to its online multiplayer component. Madden 2017 and NBA 2K17 were seventh and eighth, respectively.
Overwatch, the breakout success released last May by Blizzard, is the only game that ranked in the Top 10 across two platforms. It ranked in at eighth in PC and 10th on consoles, showing a strong market presence in both. Overwatch is currently available on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
The report also includes a market growth prediction of interactive media for 2017 and projects more than $100 billion in revenue by the end of the year, $96.5 billion of which will come directly from gaming. SuperData shows that more people watch Video Game Content than Hulu, HBO, Netflix, and ESPN combined, reaching about 665 million consumers worldwide.
The full lists are below:
Top 10 games in worldwide revenue from January-June, 2017
1. League of Legends
2. Dungeon Fighter Online
4. Fantasy Westward Journey Online II
5. World of Warcraft
6. World of Tanks
7. DOTA 2
9. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
10. New Westward Journey Online II
1. FIFA 17
Grand Theft Auto V
3. Battlefield 1
4. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
5. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
6. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
8. Madden NFL 17
9. NBA 2K17
Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games