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League of Legends player count 2022: how many people play League of Legends?
Last updated: March 21, 2022

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What is the latest League of Legends player count 2022? The game is free to play and it’s safe to say it’s quite addictive - try the best mobile MOBA games as well! How many people play League of Legends in 2022? Is League of Legends dying? Todat, we'll find out.

Check out our Gaming category for the latest player count of many popular video games in 2022. Now, League of Legends is one of the most popular games in the world but you might not know that yet. League of Legends is a fast-paced, competitive online game that blends the speed and intensity of an RTS with RPG elements. Two teams of five players battle on a map to control objectives, dominate their opponents, and achieve victory.

League of Legends player count 2022

League of Legends is one of the best video games of all time and in 2022, more than ten years after the release of the game, it’s still the most popular MOBA game ever. Let's see what the latest League of Legends player count has to say:

1. In March 2022, between 2 million and 3 million people play League of Legends concurrently across all devices. 

(Source: Playercounter)

The source website uses an algorithm to track the active player count of the most popular video games 2022. In order to determine the exact League of Legends player base, our team monitored the activity of League of Legends players and came up with those numbers. According to the League of Legends tracker, in March 2022, the League of Legends player count is between 2 million and 3 million active concurrent players.

2. In March 2022, League of Legends ranked #2 on Twitch.

(Source: Twitch Tracker)

Being the third most watched game on Twitch means that it surpassed game giants like CS:GO, Fortnite, and Minecraft. In February 2022, people watched 134 million hours of League of Legends gameplay on the live streaming platfrom with an average number of viewers of 201,000. 

3. As of January 2022, League of Legends is the #1 most popular game on Twitch based on peak number of all-time viewers.

(Source: Statista)

In terms of peak number of Twitch viewers, the most popular game on Twitch is League of Legends. Next come Fortnite, CS:GO, Valorant, Dota 2, Call of Duty: Warzone, Rust, Cyberpunk 2077, GTA V, and World of Warcraft. (Check out the latest Fortnite player count 2022 if you’re curious to know more!) With 3.08 million concurrent viewers, League of Legends is the most watched game on Twitch by peak number of viewers.

4. In 2022, most League of Legends players come from the US and Turkey. 

(Source: Playercounter)

More than 164 million people play video games in the US in 2022. And it's hardly surprising that most League of Legends players come from there as well - 14.4%. Next comes Turkey with 9.26%, Brazil - 9.11%, Germany - 5.97%, and Russia - 4.98%.

5. In 2022, there are 180 million League of Legends monthly active players. 

(Source: League Feed)

In 2017, 100 million people played League of Legends; in 2014 - 65 million; in 2012 - 35 million. Now, flash forward to 2020 when 115 million people played League of Legends. The coronavirus lockdown 2022 gave us plenty of time to play video games and many people revisited their favorite games. The League of Legends player count 2020 was higher than 2018 by 40 million players. And in 2022, the game hit the 180 million monthly active players milestone.

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Is Leagie of Legends dying in 2022?

No. according to the latest League of Legends player count 2022, between 2 million and 3 million people play the game concurrently across all devices every day. The game ranks #2 on Twitch in March 2022 with an average of 201,000 concurrent viewers on the platform. With 180 million monthly active players, League of Legends is the most popular MOBA game in 2022.

How many people play League of Legends?

180 million people play League of Legends every month in 2022. And between 2 million and 3 million people play the game concurrently across all devices every day. How popular is Legaue of Legends? Let's see:

6. In 2020, League of Legends generated revenue amounted to $1.75 billion. 

(Source: Statista)

And this is not the highest League of Legends revenue over the last six years. Have a look at that: in 2017, the game generated more than $2 billion in revenue. The loyalty of the League of Legends fanbase is well-known in the gaming circles - back in 2011, there were 15 million League of Legends players worldwide.

7. In 2020, League of Legends was the second most popular eSports in the world. 

(Source: ISPO)

Guess which was the most popular one? Counter-Strike, correct! With over 13,000 professional eSports players and a prize pool of over $102 million, CS:GO was at the top of the list. The second most popular eSports game in the world was League of Legend with over 7,000 professional players and a prize pool of over $79 million. And for the sake of full disclosure, #3 on the list was Fortnite - 4,300 players and a $97 million prize pool.

8. In October 2021, people watched 208 million hours of League of Legends gameplay on Twitch.

(Source: Twitch Tracker)

May 2021 saw the record in League of Legends gameplay hours watched on Twitch for the last year - 174 million hours. In October 2021, the numbers went as high as 208 million. The reason behind the sudden rise of interest in the game usually has something to do with recent League of Legends events, League of Legend patch updates, and global tournaments.

9. In 2020, 33.99% of all North American League of Legends players were in the Silver skill level.

(Source: Statista)

In October 2020, 33.99% of all North American League of Legends players were in the Silver tier. Next came the Gold tier with 27.04%, then the Bronze tier - 22.14%, and the Platinum tier - 9.54%. 

10. 42% of the League of Legends fan base are players & viewers.

(Source: Statista)

The numbers of viewers to players vary according to the game. 42% of the League of Legends fan base consists of layers and viewers; 32% are players only, and 26% - viewers only. Let’s be honest - League of Legends is hard to just stay and watch. The gameplay is way too absorbing and various to resist. 

11. 82% of all League of Legends players are male.

(Source: Statista)

According to the latest League of Legends demographics, the bulk of League of Legends players are male. The game is obviously more attractive to the male audience.

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League of Legends tournaments: latest LoL statistics

Now is the time to talk about money. Who is the top earning League of Legends eSports professional player in 2021? And how much money has he made from LoL championships? Let’s have a look: 

12. In 2020, the League of Legends world championships prize pool money amounted to $2.23 million.

(Source: Statista) 

2020 brought many changes to our society and one of them was social distancing of course. Many sports and eSports events were cancelled and as a result the prize pool money for many championships was less than the previous year. This was the case with League of Legends as well - in 2019, the prize pool for LoL championships amounted to the astonishing $6.45 million.

13. In 2019, the League of Legends eSports championship finals attracted a crowd of viewers of 100 million people. 

(Source: Statista) 

At the 10th anniversary of the game, 100 million people watched the finals of the eSports League of Legends championships. 

14. As of December 2020, the leading League of Legends eSports player in the world has earned more than $1.25 million.

(Source: Statista) 

Lee Sang-hyeok from South Korea, known as Faker, is the League of Legends highest ranking eSports player in the world. Throughout his gaming career he acquired the sum of $1.25 million from League of Legends tournaments. 

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League of Legends vs Dota 2: best MOBA games 2022

League of Legends and Dota 2 are the best MOBA games in 2022. There are a lot of different MOBA games out there, and it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. Do you want to play as an elf or a goblin? Should you learn how to use wards and items correctly? Will you be able to keep up with the pros?

Let’s compare the stats about both game giants and see which one is more popular in 2022. According to the latest Dota 2 player count, the game is currently #13 on Twitch and the second most popular game on Steam. There were 714,000 concurrent Dota 2 players on Steam in November 2020. On the other hand, there’s League of Legends: it ranks #2 on Twitch and there were 115 million active users in 2020 and 715,000 people played the game in February 2021.

League of Legends and Dota 2 are both great games, but they have different strengths and weaknesses. League of Legends is more beginner-friendly and has a larger player base, while Dota 2 has more complex mechanics and a smaller player base. Ultimately, the decision comes down to personal preference.

Now, League of Legends is a 5 vs 5 team-based online battle arena game and it's based on the Warcraft III mod Defense of the Ancients. Players choose a champion, each with unique abilities, and join forces to battle against other players or AI-controlled champions. The goal is to destroy the enemy's base by working together with your team mates. Dota 2 is also a 5 vs 5 team-based online battle arena game, but it's based on the original Defense of the Ancients mod for WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne. In Dota 2, players pick from a pool of over 100 heroes, forming two teams of five players.

Both games have a loyal and numerous player base and have been immensely popular in the last decade. A lot has changed in the video gaming industry during that time, but games like League of Legends, Dota 2, Minecraft, and Counter-Strike never fail to deliver. 

Wrap up

How many people play League of Legends in 2022? According to the latest League of Legends player count 2022, between 2 million and 3 million people play the game concurrently every day. It is safe to say that in 2022, League of Legends is the most popular multiplayer online battle arena game. It ranks #2 on Twitch where people watch millions of hours of League of Legends gameplay every month.

More than ten years after the initial release, League of Legends is still one of the most popular video games in 2022 - well done, Riot Games! Keep it up! 

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