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Top 4 Online PC Games That May Last for 50 Years

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Red is a computer and video game enthusiast working as a Freelance Computer Troubleshooter. When not tinkering, he is gaming.

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A lot of games being developed today have online multiplayer components. Online gaming is playing a video game primarily through the Internet. One of the most significant aspect of gaming online is having the ability to play with other people at the comforts of your home. The PC is one of the first (if not the very first) platforms that introduced online gaming, giving way to hundreds of thousands of players connected through one game.

There are a lot of online PC games out there. The criteria used for this list are based on the following.

The game must:

  • be at least 5 years old.
  • be an online multiplayer game.
  • be primarily played on a PC platform.
  • have at least one million player-base.
  • have at least 100,000 monthly concurrent players.

My Top 4 Timeless Games

Title and DeveloperYear ReleasedMonthly Players

League of Legends (Riot Games)

2009

80 million

World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)

2004

3 million

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)

2012

300 thousand

DOTA 2

2013

700 thousand

Interest fluctuations over time for LoL, WoW, CS:GO, and DOTA2 over the past 5 years.

Interest fluctuations over time for LoL, WoW, CS:GO, and DOTA2 over the past 5 years.

1. League of Legends (LoL)

League of Legends tops this list as well as in the comparative chart from Google Trends. LoL was developed and published by Riot Games. One of the most popular MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) games, LoL enjoys a massive following from players all over the world. It is one of the first games to popularize MOBA. Due to its competitive gameplay, it is also one of the top eSports games in the world. It has its own eSports League, and holds its own World Championship every year.

With a competitive edge in eSports, LoL will stay mainstream. Thanks to the help of its content creators, professional players, as well as a loyal fanbase that keeps the game interesting. However, eSports would be the main reason why this game may last for another 50 years. Google Trends shows that global interest for LoL is still high for the last five years.

eSports, where the world's best players of a particular game converge to play for or against each other for a lumpsome prize, will keep most games interesting and relevant for years.

eSports, where the world's best players of a particular game converge to play for or against each other for a lumpsome prize, will keep most games interesting and relevant for years.

What Game Is Most Popular, and Where?

Chart showing the popularity of these games by region for the past five years.

Chart showing the popularity of these games by region for the past five years.

2. World of Warcraft (WoW)

World of Warcraft is the oldest game on this list. Released 14 years ago, WoW is the most successful MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) with a paid subscription service. It successfully built upon the foundation set by the Warcraft universe. Warcraft is one of the first successful real-time strategy game. It is also worth noting that both League of Legends and DOTA 2 were born out of Defense of the Ancients, a player-made mod of Blizzard Entertainment's Starcraft and Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne.

WoW still enjoys a loyal following up to this day. After the developers announced the release of a version that will let players experience the classic game (the state of the game before the expansions), interest in the game went up once again. it is a testament that RPG games are here to stay. WoW itself may last another lifetime worth of years.

3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)

Counter-Strike is one of the most successful FPS (First Person Shooter) franchises. CS:GO is currently the apex of the franchise. It was developed by Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment. CS:GO is Free to Play as well, with the option to spend real money on loot boxes and cosmetics. Currently, CS:GO maintains a positive review out of 3 million reviews on Steam.

CS:GO's professional scene keeps the game exhilarating.

CS:GO's professional scene keeps the game exhilarating.

CS:GO is popular among players who love the adrenaline rush of team versus team gunfight. To this date, CS:GO maintains a loyal following as well as an influx of new players. Developers just recently added a Battle Royale game mode. CS:GO maintains its eSport presence as well. As one of the earliest eSport games, CS:GO remains competitive and a lot of players, newbies, and professionals, are still vying for the number one shooter in the game.

Thrilling Plays From a "CS:GO" Tournament

4. DOTA 2

DOTA 2 is based on a player-made mod of the Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne game. DOTA stands for Defense of the Ancients. Because of its popularity, Valve, DOTA 2's developer, reached out to the developers of the mod to create a standalone game. After its release on July 9th, 2013, DOTA 2 became one of the most iconic MOBA game, unsurprisingly surpassing its predecessors.

Every DOTA 2 game is a different experience.

Every DOTA 2 game is a different experience.

DOTA 2 currently holds the largest overall prize pool in the history of eSports or even the whole games and sports for that matter. Not only the largest but the top 5 largest prize pool in history. There is also the possibility that the game will break the record again this year.

Record Breaking Prize Pool

TournamentPrizepoolChampions' Total Winning

The International 2014

$10,931,103.00

$5,025,029

The International 2015

$18,429,613.05

$6,634,661

The International 2016

$20,770,460.00

$9,139,002

The International 2017

$24,687,919.00

$10,862,683

The International 2018

$25,532,177.00

$11,234,158

What made this record interesting is the fact that the prize pool was all because of the DOTA 2 community. Every year, Valve sells Battle Passes to millions of players with a promise that 25% of the sale will be given to the prize pool. The model is a testament to the DOTA 2 community's passion for the game... or hats. The community, as loyal as they are since the game's original inception, is one main reason why DOTA 2 will last for another 50 or perhaps longer.

© 2019 Red Fernan

Comments

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on June 01, 2019:

Oh I had no idea. Those statistics are very interesting to read. And...I had no idea that they had so many players each month. Their HQ isn't too far from where I live either.

Red Fernan (author) from Philippines on June 01, 2019:

Louise, Hi! You are one loyal Runescape fan. The last time I played Runescape was in high school. I think Runescape will make it through my list. I will add it after further research. Do you know what's interesting? Runescape is most famous in Venezuela than any other game listed here. That is according to Google Trends. The game is averaging a hundred thousand plus peak players per month too. So I think it should be on this list. :D

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on June 01, 2019:

Wow, these games have a lot of players! To be honest, I've never played any of the games you mentioned. The only one I've been playing (for about 10 years now) is Runescape.