March saw a major boom for Blizzard’s time-tested properties, the shakeup of some heavy hitters, and the addition of one Titan-sized new IP.
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.
Total playtime in March was up nearly 23% over the previous month, though this is due in part to an influx of new users to Raptr.
World of Warcraft topped the charts this month. Blizzard offered a Level 90 character boost on March 21 as a pre-purchase bonus for its upcoming expansion Warlords of Draenor, which served as an easier way for users to jump to the end-game. We’ve seen a 30% increase in daily players since then.
Speaking of Blizzard games, Diablo III rose 10 spots to the #2 slot. Blizzard offered two bonus experience weekends on March 3 (+50% XP) and March 21 (+100% XP). And playtime almost doubled beginning on March 25 with the release of the Diablo III expansion Reaper of Souls. This major expansion offered an additional hero, an increased level cap, an overhauled experience system, the removal of the auction house, and opens up Sanctuary to all characters, regardless of level.
While both DOTA 2 and League of Legends had more hours than last month, League of Legends closed within .02% share. Note: League of Legends playtime tracking only works during actual games and not lobby time due to the way the game’s designed, so LoL playtime would compare more favorably with DOTA 2 if it could be tracked in the same way.
World of Tanks rose eight ranks to the #12 spot. A five-day St. Patrick’s Day weekend event (3/14-3/18) sparked gameplay, and a new recruits weekend from 3/28-3/31 with discounts and bonuses also led to an increase in playtime.
Respawn’s debut game, Titanfall, launched on March 11 but still managed to secure the #14 spot. By the end of the month, the number of daily players was down about 60% from the first launch weekend’s high.
Path of Exile rose 12 spots to find its way back to the top 20. The release of the mini-expansion Sacrifice of the Vaal on March 5 saw the number of logged hours triple. This mini-expansion added eSports-friendly Challenge Leagues, 60 new bosses, and two new PvP modes.
Rust dropped seven spots this month, as developer Facepunch Studios didn’t release any new content in March.
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