From PlayStation to Xbox gaming is a huge industry, with millions of people spending hours and hours of game-play time on the console of their choice. Some would say gaming is a simple hobby, but those who spend the majority of their time playing would say it is a lifestyle.
With a video game industry worth over $130 billion, we’ve compiled a list of the most played video games by player count and hours played.
Video Game Consoles
Before we head onto our list, let’s break down the variety of video game platforms that can be played:
- PlayStation is owned by Sony. It consists of PS1 through to PS4, so four models of video game consoles, as well as a media center, online services and a variety of controllers.
- Xbox is owned by Microsoft and consists of four generations of consoles. It also represents applications and games, streaming services, an online service, and a gaming production brand.
- PC is one of the oldest platforms from MAC to Android, sold by different technology companies but the operating system is what counts towards the types of games playable. The most widely used system for PC gaming these days is Steampowered.
Steam is a video game digital distribution platform owned and developed by Valve Corporation.
Most Played Video Games Ever
This list is not sorted by console, brand or even genre of the game itself. The list if compiled of games that have impressive numbers when it comes to the number of players and hours played, so in no particular order:
CrossFire is an online tactical first-person shooter played on Windows. It is the most played game in the world according to player count of all time with 660 million players worldwide. Many players in forums online have estimated their gameplay time around 2000 hours.
Dungeon Fighter Online
Dungeon Fighter Online, also known as DFO, is a multiplayer PC old school fight challenge video game. The game boasts 600 millions user worldwide.
Candy Crush Saga
Candy Crush Saga is a free-to-play matching-three puzzle video game released on April 12, 2012. Versions are available for Facebook, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows 10. The game has 500 million registered players globally. To date, 350 trillion candies have been swiped.
Tetris was one of the first games available on Windows and has been around since 1984. It now boasts over 500 million users around the world, some users report online that they’ve accumulated 12 hours of gameplay without stopping.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was released in December 2017, so it is a relatively newer game compared to others on this list. With a whopping 400 million users! The top 30 users on SteamLadder have over 10,000 hours of gameplay time each.
Released in 1990, Microsoft Solitaire is another of the veterans on our list. There are 400 million users who actively play Microsoft Solitaire. It’s even been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame!
Fantasy Westward Journey
Fantasy Westward Journey has a registered user amount of 310 million. It was number one in the top ten highest grossing games worldwide in September 2017.
Fortnite boasts 250 million registered accounts. The average gameplay time? A player will spend between 6 and 10 playing Fortnite per week. Between May 2018 and June 2018 the total Fortnite playing time was 2.7 billion hours.
Google’s Pac-Man Doodle
We’re all familiar with Pac-Man from our visits to the arcade as children. The Pac-Man Doodle is an online maze game similar to that one, but was made for the Google homepage to celebrate it’s 30th Anniversary. Funny enough, the Pac-Man Doodle has recorded a daily user count of up to 505 million players with an estimated gameplay time of 500 million hours! Free to play too – check it out here.
Video Games Overview
Although this list is impressive, it doesn’t include hours of play on smartphones or tablets, so who knows? The stats from mobile developers may far surpass the stats based on our consoles of choice for this list.
The most played video games list is certainly impressive and the numbers speak for themselves!
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