Gaming has become increasingly popular over the last decade, especially as technology has improved and more affordable options have become available. These days, there are plenty of different online games to choose from. The question is – which are the most played? Below is a list of the world’s most played online games with details on everything from their target audience to gameplay and more.
Halo 5: Guardians
This first entry on our list is Halo 5: Guardians, a first-person shooter game developed by 343 Industries and published by Microsoft Studios. Halo 5 is the tenth main installment in the Halo franchise and has been played by millions of gamers ever since its release in October 2015. The game is played on a PC, Xbox One, or Xbox 360, and is both single and multiplayer. Halo 5 is set in the year 2558 when an interstellar war between humanity and an alien race called the Covenant is taking place. The story centers around two human soldiers, Master Chief and Spartan Locke, as they fight to stop the Covenant from taking control of a Forerunner artifact.
Clash of Clans
Next up, we have Clash of Clans, a real-time strategy game developed and published by Supercell. This game was first released on the Android platform in August 2012, before being made available to other operating systems a few months later. The game is played on a PC or Mac and is both single-player and multiplayer. In Clash of Clans, players must build up their own village and train their troops in order to defend against other players and win resources and trophies. The game is free to play, but players can also use real money to buy in-game currency if they would like to speed up the process. There is also a Clash of Clans spin-off game called Clash Royale, which is very similar but uses different characters.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Another real-time strategy game that has proven very popular among gamers is Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, an online card game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. The game was first released on PC in March 2014, before being made available to Android and iOS devices later in the year. It is played on a PC, Mac, or iOS device, and can be played both single-player and multiplayer. Hearthstone is a card game that revolves around turn-based battles between two players who use decks consisting of various cards in order to destroy their opponent’s health points. Players must build up their own collection of cards by buying packs or purchasing individual cards with real money. Alongside many other games, Hearthstone was added to the Nintendo Switch console in March 2018.
League of Legends
Another online game that has proven extremely popular is League of Legends, an online battle arena game developed and published by Riot Games. The game was first released in October 2011 and has been played by millions ever since. It is played on a PC, Mac, or Android device, and can be played both single-player and multiplayer. League of Legends is set in a fantasy world where players control champions and attempt to destroy the opposing team’s nexus by using various abilities and items. The game is completely free to play and can be enjoyed by gamers of all skill levels.
Finally, the last game on our list is Dota 2, a multiplayer online battle arena video game developed by Valve Corporation. The game was first released as a free-to-play title in July 2013 and has been played by millions of gamers ever since. Dota 2 can only be played on a PC and can be played both single-player and multiplayer. In Dota 2, players must pick between two teams and attempt to destroy the other team’s Ancient. This can be done by destroying certain key structures, or killing certain enemy characters, known as ‘heroes’. The game is free to play and can be enjoyed by gamers of all skill levels.
As you can see from this list, there is plenty of variety to choose from when it comes to online games. With an endless amount of different titles on offer, there is something for everyone, no matter what your preferred genre is. Just be sure to keep track of the time – we don’t want you to get on your friend’s bad side!