League of Legends overtakes Overwatch in South Korea’s internet cafés

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League of Legends has suddenly and decisively reclaimed the lead from Overwatch as the most-played game in South Korea’s famous ‘PC bangs’ - a kind of large-scale internet café where many Korean youths go to play on powerful, networked PCs.

Fancy setting up your own PC bang? You'll want to run one of the best multiplayer games on PC.

According to Gametrics, League of Legends has been in first place for the past two weeks. At time of writing, League enjoyed a 28.66% share of playtime to Overwatch’s 21.58%, a difference of more than seven percent. As PvP Live report, the margin was recently as wide as ten percent, and hasn’t been that big since Overwatch first launched.

League of Legends overtakes Overwatch

It was some time into June, about three weeks after its launch, that Overwatch made it within 1% of League before eventually overtaking it.

Why the sudden and drastic falloff? Overwatch's competitive mode has been in off-season this past week (season three starts today), so this might have contributed, but the game has also been suffering from a recent plague of hackers. One particularly popular aimbot deliberately misses from time to time, confounding Blizzard's ability to detect it. The two forums where these hacks are mainly found have over 300,000 views.

The majority of Koreans play their games in PC bangs, as they typically offer better machines than Koreans have at home, all linked on fast networks. Hence a game's audience share at PC bangs is a good way to get a sense of its popularity, in lieu of consistent, reliable player numbers from folk like Blizzard and Riot.

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Zaineph Avatar
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6 Months ago

I like both bit I've been converted to OW. Mainly just glad that I was able to break to MOBA addiction

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QDP2 Avatar
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6 Months ago

League's pre-season is changing up a lot, people who are interested in rank are getting back into the game after leaving for the end of season 6. Also if I'm correct, all skins are free for any account signed into an internet cafe (different rules in the KR server). What's the bets that Lux has been a very popular pick on the KR server lately?

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Selarek Avatar
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6 Months ago

Also, OW is way too slow to release new content.. took months to release Sombra and a small map.. at this pace, ppl will get bored of it (Like I did), sad but true.

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Ben Barrett Avatar
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6 Months ago

Their pace of content release is actually very quick, and on-par with League of Legends in gameplay terms. Two new heroes in six months, plus maps, plus game modes, plus more in development, plus a semi-constant PTR with major redesigns and tweaks at all times.

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Selarek Avatar
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6 Months ago

maybe, but it still feels reeeally slow, also, I remember in the past, when LoL was in early stages, they even announced 3 champs in a row! And having a pool of over 110 heroes, it's normal to slow down to a hero every 3 months or even more.. now lets talk about 23.

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Nbknas Avatar
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6 Months ago

You do realize it's mostly because Overwatch Competitive Season 3 has not begun yet

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