Improved League of Legends data puts LoL at #1, The Elder Scrolls Online has a strong debut, a new MOBA makes an entrance, and Titanfall drops from the top ranks.
Note: The Share number by each game represents that title’s gameplay 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 playtime between particular games.
League of Legends took over the top spot, thanks to improved insight into LoL gameplay data combined with a two-week boost from the April Fools-inspired URF mode (Ultra Rapid Fire) and the Spring Playoffs. We expect it’s going to be up there for a quite a while.
World of Warcraft had another strong month among Raptr users — month-on-month total playtime was up 8%, and total players by 13%. The game’s current 7.8 million playerbase has fallen by 200,000 since February, based on a recent earnings statement, but dedicated players have hung tight in part due to in-game events and anticipation for the next expansion, Warlords of Draenor. An influx of new users to Raptr seems to have benefited WoW playtime as well.
Speaking of MMOs, The Elder Scrolls Online made a thunderous entrance into April’s Most Played list after its April 4 launch. On average, ESO players spent 45 in-game hours this month, compared to an average of 35 for WoW players.
The ESO launch actually reduced Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn playtime a bit more than it impacted WoW, though.
In other good news for Blizzard, total Diablo III playtime was up 20% over March, thanks to the continued impact of the Reaper of Souls expansion. That trend appears to be ending, though; in the last week of April total playtime was down 36% compared to the first week of the month.
Battlefield 4 slipped two spots — monthly gameplay fell 10%. Minecraft and Warframe gave up a rank as well due to ESO muscling onto the list, but gameplay time was actually up 17% and 12% respectively. Similarly, Heartstone PC playtime was up 14%, despite the launch of the iPad version.
DayZ made its return to the top 20 while another zombie-infested title, Rust, made an exit, falling to #25. DayZ seems to be slowly but steadily building its playerbase thanks in part to a steady stream of updates — we’ll see if that trend continues.
We had expected the launch of ESO to cannibalize players from The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, but gameplay time slipped just 5%, and Skyrim stayed pegged at the 18 spot.
Free-to-play MOBA Smite officially launched in the last week of March but has been in open beta since late January. April hours were up 34% over March and show no signs of declining so far.
On the other hand, Titanfall fell to the 29th spot. We’ll see if the just-released Expedition map pack can reverse that trend in May’s Most Played list.
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