Most Played Games: April 2013 — MOBAs up, SimCity down

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This month was fairly quiet for major launches — Defiance made the biggest splash, in at #9, and Injustice: Gods Among Us came out mid-month but still ranked #25 overall. Dead Island: Riptide released on April 23 but did crack the top 10 for the last week of the month.

Note: This list, based on playtime data from Raptr’s 17 million users, includes PC and Xbox 360 games only — Sony doesn’t let PSN members share gameplay data publicly, so that’s why no PS3 games are in the rankings.

The Share number by each game represents that title’s gameplay time as a percentage of the total time spent on the top 1000 games played by Raptr users, and is useful for comparing the relative amount of play time between particular games.

HIGHLIGHTS

Both League of Legends and DOTA 2 continued to gain steam this month — LoL playtime is up 11% and the playerbase on Raptr increased by 8%, and though DOTA 2 didn’t match its giant increases in March, playtime and playerbase are up 16% and 8% respectively.

BioShock Infinite cracked the top 10 in its first full month out, but by the last week of April it was fading, down to the 23rd most played game that week. DLC is definitely on the way, but according to developer Irrational’s Ken Levine, production didn’t start until Infinite was complete, so it could be quite a wait for new content.

The transmedia franchise Defiance had a strong launch last month, with the game debuting on April 2 and the TV show on April 15. In the last week of April total gameplay time was down 22% compared to the launch week — not bad, but we should have a better idea of the game’s long-term prospects after May.

Borderlands 2 climbed four spots in April, thanks to the DLC addition of Ultimate Vault Hunter mode, which raised the level cap and encourages yet another (third) playthrough of the main game.

Rift rocketed up the charts, thanks in part to a series of Raptr Rewards that encouraged new users to try the game and lapsed players to come back. Therefore the increase in playtime among Raptr members is likely higher compared to the overall playerbase.

The biggest surprise of the month: Warframe. This free-to-play third-person shooter went into open beta in late March, and consequently climbed 42 spots in our most played rankings. Warframe’s pulling a bunch of players from the ranks of LoL and DOTA 2. Which is to be expected considering they’re all free-to-play games, but also interesting because Warframe is a co-op shooter and LoL/DOTA 2 are highly competitive MOBAs.

And then there’s SimCity, which came in at #20 in March’s Most Played list. In April it dropped to #65, with playtime down 72% month-on-month.

 

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