How many people play League of Legends is a common question after the rise of popularity in Fortnite.


Since its release in 2009, League of Legends has expanded its player base to reach a wider audience of players from around the globe. The game’s developer Riot Games releases information as to exactly how many people played the game from each region only so often, but with the rise of new games like Fortnite, many people are left wondering: exactly how many people play League of Legends in 2018?


The game has witnessed an impressive growth in the number of monthly players with each passing year. In 2011, the game reportedly had 11.5 million players each month. The number sky-rocketed to 67 million players a month in 2014. The most recent official statement from the developer claimed the number stood at 100 million players in 2017.

The 2018 League of Legends World Championship became one of the most watched esports event in the game's history, reaching over 99 million unique viewers in total. This rise in viewership led many to speculate the growth in the game's monthly player base as well.


How Many People Play League of Legends in 2018?

The game’s developer has maintained its silence this year about the exact number of players the game has reached, making it difficult to say for certain where the number of monthly players currently stands in 2018. As a result, many fans of the game can assume the total number of monthly players is over 100 million, perhaps even closer to 120 million, given the rate of growth over the years and increase in viewership for the game's professional league in 2018.


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