While plenty of games have been launched in recent years, you might be shocked to hear that the bulk of the most popular games in 2021 is really rather old. Below are the top five based on data supplied by publishers and developers, as well as data from several analytics sites.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
This Activision-published first-person shooter is the 16th overall in the Call of Duty series. It was released on PS4, Microsoft Windows, and Xbox One in October 2019. It is a story of a CIA agent and British soldiers collaborating to preserve the imaginary country of Urzikstan from attack.
Whether you love or detest Fortnite, it is undeniably one of the most influential video games ever created. Epic Games’ battle royale game has completely rewritten the rules for creating and maintaining a successful “live” service-style video game.
Fortnite is a continually changing organism, adapting to new trends, which are also followed by Happy Luke Thailand, adding new features and gimmicks for their players. Due to its battle pass content, it’s effectively a new game every month, and it’s also managed to entrench itself in mainstream culture by teaming with bands and celebrities figures to stay current.
League of Legends
DOTA 2 would have appeared in a top 10 list, proving that the MOBA genre is far from dead, but League of Legends’ stats blow them out of the water. League of Legends is played by about 8 million people practically every day, according to Riot Games.
A thriving esports sector has once again aided League of Legends in retaining its fan base, which often numbers in the millions to watch professional events online. With 1.7 million people watching FunPlus Phoenix beat G2 Esports in the League of Legends World Championships 2019, Twitch set new concurrent viewership records.
The bulk of our readers is unlikely to have heard of one of the most popular video games in the world until later. Crossfire, a Counter-Strike clone, is a monster in Korea, and it’s about to break out in the west.
Smilegate Entertainment, a Korean developer, has announced a partnership with Microsoft that would see a new edition of the game dubbed Crossfire X released exclusively on Microsoft platforms in 2021.
We’re not sure if the sequel will have the exact parallel figures as the first. It would truly depend on if the next edition of the game is intended for a global release or whether it’s being developed particularly for the Western market.
Roblox’s popularity has exploded since its inception in 2006, particularly in the last five years. In 2016, CEO David Baszuski boasted about 700,000 continuous gamers and predicted that the 1 million mark will be reached soon. In the year 2020, Roblox’s 7th Annual Bloxy Awards drew an incredible 4 million participants in-game at the same time.
Even though the novelty of the event significantly distorts the concurrent tally for the sake of this ranking, we’re confident that Roblox deserves to be ranked somewhere on top. Indeed, our understanding is that Roblox often sees over 1 million gamers online at the same time throughout the year, even when no special events are taking place.