If a report by DFC Intelligence is to be believed, long ruling League of Legends has been surpassed by Dota 2 as the most played PC title in the West through the first quarter of 2013.
The data for the report was collected from multiple sources, one of which was real-time stats from Xfire’s Online Community that boasts more than 23 million users. Looking at their generated figures for players in North America and Europe, the moba genre has well passed the mighty World of Warcraft.
“Usage of League of Legends has been steady the past year and surprisingly the huge success of Dota 2 did not seem to cut into its popularity as much as would be expected,” said DFC analyst Jeremy Miller.
All that said, DFC analyst Jeremy Miller did not reveal their exact methodology for collecting the data. They mention Xfire as being one of the prime sources. However, going over to their website now we see the following figures instead:
01. League of Legends 83,009
02. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 45,718
03. Call of Duty 2 28,111
04. World of Warcraft 20,393
05. Guild Wars 2 7,614
06. Dota 2 6,685
07. World Of Tanks 6,318
08. Minecraft 6,190
09. Battlefield 3 5,860
10. Star Wars: The Old Republic 5,280
League of Legends is actually miles ahead of Dota 2. If anything Dota 2 is contesting with World of Tanks at the moment to get a place in the top 5 most played games in the West; according to Xfire that is.
It’s a possibility that developers themselves provided numbers for the DFC report. However, that would just question the authenticity of the figures since the data has not been made public.
Long story short, League of Legends and Dota 2 fans shouldn’t ignite any sort of fan-war on the web since the report is inconclusive.
Valve’s Dota 2 is yet to be officially released. Currently, the game is in open-beta and once released, will not be free.