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    League of Legends player count 2021: how many people play League of Legends?
    Last updated: February 10, 2021

    The fantasy-themed MOBA game is one of the most popular video games of all time. It’s also one of the most popular PC games ever! Spoiler alert: the League of Legends player count in 2021 might surprise you! The game is free to play and it’s safe to say it’s quite addictive. You’re here because you want to find out how many people play League of Legends in 2021. You’ve come to the right place. Come on in!

    During the 2020 coronavirus lockdown people played video games… a lot! And yes, League of Legends definitely saw a rise in interest in 2020 as many other games did. We here at TechACake.com decided to investigate and it turned out that the numbers are shocking! Have a quick look: 

    Top League of Legends statistics 2021 (editor’s choice):

    • 715,000 people played LoL in February 2021.
    • LoL is the second most watched game on Twitch. 
    • In January 2021, 170 million hours of LoL gameplay were watched on Twitch. 
    • LoL is the second most popular eSports in the world.
    • Most LoL players come from the US and Turkey.
    • 100 million people watched the LoL 10th anniversary championship finale in 2019.

    Now that we know what’s coming, let’s dive in and find out more:

    League of Legends player count 2021

    League of Legends is one of the best video games of all time and in 2021, more than ten years after the release of the game, it’s still at the top. Have a look:

    1. In February 2021, there were 715,000 concurrent League of Legends players. 

    (Source: Active Player)

    The multiplayer online role-playing game has been a hit among gamers for more than ten years now. There are people who stick with the game for years and play only League of Legends (seriously!). In Q1 2021, more than 700,000 people played League of Legends. This is 200,000 less than the CS:GO player count on Steam in Q1 2021. 

    2. In February 2021, League of Legends ranks #2 on Twitch.

    (Source: Twitch Tracker)

    Now this is quite impressive. Being the second most watched game on Twitch means that it surpassed game giants like CS:GO, GTA V, and Minecraft.  

    3. In 2021, 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 2021. It’s not surprising that most League of Legends players come from the US. It’s the same with CS:GO and Rocket League for example. According to the latest Rocket League statistics, the bulk of professional Rocket League eSports players come from the US. 

    4. In January 2021, people watched the staggering 170 million hours of League of Legends gameplay on Twitch.

    (Source: Twitch Tracker)

    January 2021 saw the record in League of Legends gameplay hours watched on Twitch for the last year. There were two League of Legends patch updates in January 2021 and maybe this is one of the reasons for the sudden interest. Those updates come with new skins and items - everything to keep the audience happy and coming back for more.

    5. In February 2021, the average number of concurrent League of Legends viewers on Twitch was 243,000. 

    (Source: Twitch Tracker)

    In the last year, this number hasn’t gone under 130K. People love watching League of Legends on Twitch and the numbers speak for themselves. In January 2021, there were 5.9K concurrent League of Legends streams as well as 170 million hours of League of Legends watched on Twitch.

    (Image credit - The Esports Observer)

    League of Legends statistics

    Now that we saw that League of Legends is such a big deal in 2021, let’s have a look at some important League of Legends statistics before that. Have it in mind that #8 might surprise you… Here we go: 

    6. In 2020, the 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.

    Here is some brief history of the number of League of Legends in the last decade:

    8. In 2020, there were 115 million League of Legends monthly active players. 

    (Source: League Feed)

    The coronavirus gave us plenty of time to play video games and many people revisited their favorite games in 2020. The League of Legends player count 2020 is higher than 2018 by 40 million players. In 2017, 100 million people played League of Legends; in 2014 - 65 million; in 2012 - 35 million. Now, flash forward to 2020 - 115 million people played League of Legends in 2020. 

    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.

    (Image credit - PCGamer)

    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. 

    (Image credit - Rock Paper Shotgun)

    League of Legends vs Dota 2: the best MOBA games 2021

    League of Legends and Dota 2 are the best MOBA games in 2021. Both games have a loyal and numerous fanbase 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. Let’s compare the stats about both game giants and see which one is more popular in 2021: 

    According to the latest Dota 2 statistics, 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.

    Bottom line: League of Legends is definitely the more popular one on Twitch but the number of concurrent players of both games is almost the same in the period Q4 2020 - Q1 2021. 

    Key takeaways

    League of Legends is one of the most popular multiplayer online battle arena games in 2021. How many people play League of Legends in 2021?  The League of Legends player count in 2021 exceeds 715,000 concurrent gamers. The game is more popular on Twitch than Dota 2 and the prize pool for League of Legends tournaments exceeded $2 million in 2020. More than ten years after the initial release, League of Legends is still one of the most popular video games in 2021 - well done, Riot Games! Keep it up! 

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    Sources

    1. Active Player
    2. Twitch Tracker
    3. Playercounter
    4. Twitch Tracker
    5. Twitch Tracker
    6. Statista
    7. ISPO
    8. League Feed
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