LOL Active Player Count—Is It Still a Popular Game in 2024?

Is League of Legends still a popularity. Buff shares the numbers you need to know to find out!

Chris Wong - Writer for Buff
By Chris Wong
Joel Taylor, editor for Buff
Edited by Joel Taylor
Fact-check by Saguy Aizen

Updated November 16, 2023.

League of Legends is one of the OG esports that brought gaming to the forefront of mainstream media. Despite coming out of beta over a decade ago, LOL still continuously gets new patches, adding balance updates, champions, items, etc. With its dedicated player base and its global esports leagues being some of the most popular in the competitive scene across all games, League's popularity doesn't seem to be leaving any time soon.

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League of Legends 2022 Active Player Count

As of October 2022, the average monthly players for last month were about 151.1 million, with the peak player count in a day being just under 13.6 million, according to video game statistics site, When we look back to a year ago, we see that September 2021's monthly and daily peak player counts are just a tad bit higher: 151.3 million and just over 13.6 million respectively.

While that data might imply that the growth of the player base for LoL has dwindled, the entire gaming and esports scene at large has rocketed upwards. Even with increased competition from other great games available to play, League of Legends has held strongly to its relevance.

Tremendous Growth During the Pandemic

During the height of the pandemic, we saw crazy growth of the game many of us know and love. In September 2019, the average monthly players were about 106.2 million, with the peak player count in a day being 4 million. By September 2020, these numbers grew to 123.7 million monthly active players and 6.2 million peak players in a day.

The LOL Fan-Base Is Still Strong

It's not just the player counts that prove League's popularity; prize pools and viewer counts still reign supreme as well. The prize pool for the 2022 League of Legends World Championship (a.k.a. Worlds) is $2,2 million. And LOL was just recently ranked #2 for most watched on Twitch.

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