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League of Legends is trending towards its worst-performing year since 2014

League of Legends is trending towards its worst-performing year since 2014

League of Legends is on track to hit its worst-performing year since 2014, according to a report.

SuperData’s latest market research shows that revenue for Riot Games’ MOBA is down 21 per cent year-over-year. In spite of the drop, however, League of Legends still placed as the third top-grossing game on PC last month.

That follows a troubling year for the esports developer, which was hit by accusations of having a pervasively sexist working culture last month. Details also arose that despite leading the charge, Riot Games is yet to come close to breaking even on its investment in esports events.

Elsewhere, SuperData's report confirms that Monster Hunter: World has sold over two million copies on PC. The Japanese dino-slayer has become that country’s biggest game on Steam, overtaking Dark Souls 3. 

The report also revealed that World of Warcraft's subscriber numbers are at their highest point since 2014's Warlords of Draenor expansion launch.

Here are the top 10 games by revenue for August 2018:

  1. Dungeon Fighter Online
  2. World of Warcraft
  3. League of Legends
  4. Monster Hunter: World
  5. Crossfire
  6. Fantasy Westward Journey Online II
  7. Fortnite: Battle Royale
  8. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
  9. Hearthstone
  10. World of Tanks

Across PC, Console and mobile digital platforms, consumers spent $8.47 billion worldwide - a seven per cent increase year-on-year. Tencent dominated the mobile charts for August, with rankings remaining rather static over the last two months.


Staff Writer

Natalie Clayton is an Edinburgh-based freelance writer and game developer. Besides PCGamesInsider and Pocketgamer.biz, she's written across the games media landscape and was named in the 2018 GamesIndustry.biz 100 Rising Star list.

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