Console and PC games offer players a great departure from reality. They’re immersive, entertaining and give players the chance to spend some solitary time in a world of their choosing. While everyone can admit to enjoying playing through a game’s storyline and challenges by themselves, more and more gamers are seeking out a community of team players online. Today, some of the most popular and most played games online are MMO’s. If you’re unfamiliar with this acronym it simply means a Massively Multiplayer Online game and if the full name isn’t clear enough- we’re talking about millions upon millions of gamers. The most popular MMO’s are capable of hosting hundreds of thousands of gamers simultaneously on the same server and can be played on most platforms that can connect to the Internet, including PC, game consoles and smartphones.
With more people taking to the Internet to connect with the outside world, it makes sense that gamers are following suit. One of the biggest draw cards for online gamers is that it enables them to compete, cooperate and interact with eachother or on a massive scale, challenging them to be the very best. Much like the sports betting NZ has to offer, being awinner pays off dividends in every way.
Below we’ve gathered two of the most popular online PC games that are dominating the industry right now.
- League of Legends
League of Legends is an online battle arena game that has recently been recognized as the most played video game in the world with a jaw-dropping 100 million active players a month. Here, players challenge each other by using a “champion” with special abilities and must work together with their teammates in order to defeat the opposing team. This is a game that requires strategy, skill and above all else, teamwork.
Dominating the online sphere since 2012, League of Legends’ massive popularity has seen the game explode with a widespread competitive scene. The League Championship Series (LCS) which takes place in Los Angeles and Berlin, sees the 10 best professional teams from North America and Europe battle it out for the championship title. Huge followings, each with their own competitive scenes arejust as prominent in South Korea, China and Taiwan. All this culminates with the annual World Championship, which boasts a multi-million dollar prize pool.
- DotA 2
DotA 2 is currently the most played game on Steam with roughly one million players signing in each day. Defence of the Ancients 2 or DotA 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena game, similar to League of Legends. Played in matches between two teams, each occupying and defending their own base, individual players battle their heroes against the opposing team. There are hundreds of heroes to choose from, each with unique abilities and varying styles of gameplay. The goal is to destroy a large structure called the “Ancient” located in the opposing team’s base.
DotA 2 has roughly 13.5 million active monthly players, which means that it has a strong and loyal online community and a growing competitive scene. Its most notable tournament is called The International, which has become one of the largest eSports events in the world. The best professional teams from around the world compete to win not only the accolade of being champions but an insane amount of prize money. In 2017, The International had a prize pool of US$24 million- not a bad pay off for spending all that time playing games online.