ArcheAge and The Sims 4 broke into the top 20 with their respective September launches, while Path of Exile made a return. Overall, play time was down 10.68% compared to August, as kids (and college kids) headed back to school. In fact, nearly all the games in the list lost play time vs. August.
League of Legends kept its stranglehold on first place, nabbing 22.54% of Share time among all PC games played by Raptr members this month, even if monthly play time was down 2.05%. The MOBA received updates at the beginning and end of September that featured new champions and items. The latter patch included slight changes to Ranked play, which could account for a small increase in play time compared to the other weekends of the month.
World of Warcraft had an End of Summer Promotion, which granted new players a free digital copy of WoW with a free game trial (through 9/26), and The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and Cataclysm expansions. Nevertheless, WoW play time was down 10.55% in September.
DOTA 2 held onto third place even with a loss of 16.72% of its game time compared to August. The various end-of-month updates that tweaked Gold bonuses resulted in a modest bump that helped keep the MOBA ahead of dungeon-crawler Diablo III, which made a two-spot jump in September.
Diablo III landed in fourth place thanks in part to the boost from a new season that kicked off in late August. Monthly play time was up 86.55% in September, but the continuing trend may see the title slip down the ranks in October.
Mythology-based MOBA Smite fell 17.97% in play time. The game received a major update in early September that replaced an old god and featured attack, item, and map balance tweaks, new voice packs, player icons, emotions, and a new UI; all updates that failed to keep the game in September’s top 5.
This month’s biggest gainer was the free-to-play MMORPG ArcheAge, which jumped 25 places. The game went into open beta in early September, with an official launch on the 16th. Based on current trends, ArcheAge has a good chance of remaining in the top 10 in October.
While most of the returning games in September’s top 20 didn’t do very well, World of Tanks, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Path of Exile joined Diablo III in actually climbing up the ranks. World of Tanks gained two spots thanks in part to a new limited-time tank racing mode. Skyrim got a boost from The Elder Scrolls Anthology releasing in mid September, along with a discount of the game itself. Path of Exile inched into the top 20 thanks in part to two updates in the middle and end of the month.
The Sims 4 is making its first appearance in the top 20 after launching in early September. Strangely enough, the title stole most of its playtime from Diablo III. Barring a major content update or sale, though, it looks likely to slip from the list in October.
Note: The Share number by each game represents that title’s game play time as a percentage of the total time spent on all the PC games played by Raptr members, and is useful for comparing the relative amount of play time between particular games.
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