League of Legends is the most popular PC game today, and for good reason. For starters the game is completely free to signup and download. The game was released in 2009 and by 2012 it was the most played video game in the world in terms of shear hours played. League has an active community and monthly there are 70 million people logged in, daily over 5 million concurrently.
LoL has a massive competitive background and there are teams from North America, Europe, China, Brazil, France, etc. It is global and the championships every year are for prize pools of $1 million dollars. That’s not to bad for playing a video game. League of Legends is also the most streamed video game daily on Twitch. Daily there are around 100,000 viewers and during events there are millions from around the world. Some streamers have taken the route of using a Twitch View bot to leverage their popularity on Twitch. Some of the most popular streamers are professional players as well as some that are just purely community based. The goal of watching these streams are to learn from the players and see how you can improve your game. There’s nothing better than watching something you enjoy rather than mindlessly watching television.
It is now 2015 and League is still the most popular game around and will likely stay that way. New games have come out and their success hasn’t been the greatest as far as Twitch and the competitive side. Call of Duty has progressively gone down-hill. Blizzard will be releasing a new shooter game soon. Right now World of Warcraft is still a popular game and has been out longer. The game is also still $15 a month to play and League is completely free. When you really think about it, it is pretty crazy that a mod of a game is as popular today as something that is pay to play.