League of Legends is one of the most popular games of all time, and now we know exactly how popular it is. In an interview with Polygon, developer Riot Games revealed that the MOBA has surpassed 100 million monthly players.
The last time the developer released player numbers was 2014 when it had 67 million people playing League of Legends every month. The reason for not reporting player numbers on a more active basis is that co-founders Marc Merrill and Brandon Beck dislike talking figures such as this.
“It’s hard to parse, but at the end of the day, those things don’t even feel real,” Beck said. “The coolest thing is actually when we’re at the live events and get to meet fans face to face. Only then does it start to feel real. Otherwise, they’re just numbers on a screen all over the world.”
Beck also told Polygon that Riot is prototyping new games, and they might not use the League of Legends property.
“We’re thinking about both options,” he said. “Some experiences really need to be realized in different universes, and some experiences would be fucking awesome in the League universe. We’re being flexible.”
Thanks to its popularity, League of Legends was number one in the top five free-to-play games based on worldwide revenue for July 2016.