Those reading this probably play League of Legends or know someone that does, which would not be surprising. Riot Games reports that its free-to-play League of Legends video game has an estimated 27 million gamers daily. That is not a typo.
The surge in numbers is double that of the 12 million user base reported back in October 2012. The community is roughly the equivalent of the entire population of Nepal, the 45th largest country in the world. The company also states that the game has a peak of 7.5 million concurrent users. These players have helped League of Legends earn over $624 million to become the second-largest game of its kind in 2013 (according to SuperData).
Its popularity has even led the U.S. government to recognize League of Legends players as professional athletes. And with popular streaming services like Twitch.TV, it is possible to watch them play in eSport tournaments such as the LCS, which is currently going on until April. If you're interested in learning more about the game, watching professional matches is a good place to start.
Source: Digital Trends