League of Legends brings in more money than any other video game in the world — and it’s not especially close.
That’s the news from SuperData Research today, which came out with worldwide top 10 lists for the highest-grossing digital games of 2015. At the top of all three lists sits League of Legends, which SuperData computes has having brought in $1.628 billion over the previous calendar year. That’s nearly $300 million more than the next best game, Supercell’s mobile Clash of Clans and $500 million more than the #2 PC game, SmileGate’s CrossFire. The top-grossing console game, Activision’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, made just $355 million total, putting it at #14 if you were to combine all three lists.
In terms of free-to-play games, World of Tanks is #5 on PCs, with revenues of $446 million, followed by Lineage ($339m), MapleStory ($253m), and Dota 2 ($238m). However, remember that these are estimates, and one is at least certain to be off by a significant margin. According to NCSoft’s own reporting, Lineage brought in about $192 million for the first 3/4 of 2015. Getting to $339 million with the final quarter’s sales — which we should know any day now — seems highly unlikely. A total closer to $250 million seems more likely.
Still, even taking some margin for error into account, League of Legends is almost certainly #1 in the business, several times larger than its closest MOBA competitor, Dota 2. No, this isn’t a firm statement that it’s better, but numbers are numbers.