The number of games sold is not enough. Which titles have been the most popular in the last 5 years?
The popularity of computer games is determined by many factors. It can be determined by, among others, total sales, the total number of players or viewership on streaming platforms. It is worth considering that five years ago the popularity of the production was perceived in a completely different way, and the development of streaming and the free-to-play model were mixed up in it all.
The number of games and users sold is not always the decisive factor in the popularity of a game. Many people take into account views and the number of viewers on broadcasts from a given title to determine if they are popular.
So, what are the most popular games in 2015-2020?
2015 – Call of Duty: Black Ops III
The third edition of COD: Black Ops was the most popular game of 2015. It sold the largest number of copies and gave players their first fully futuristic look at the title. The new zombie edition is what really excited Activisiona fans.
2016 – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Immediately after Black Ops III, COD: Infinite Warfare took the title of the most popular game of 2016. Admittedly, the fans did not like this release as much as the previous one, and Activision even stated that the sales of the COD had dropped compared to the previous version. Despite this, the game in terms of sales exceeded many important productions.
2017 – Call of Duty: WWII
The Call of Duty trend continued in 2017, as the WWII version was the most popular game of that year. The title was released in early November, yet it grossed over $ 1 billion by the end of the year. This version of COD has gone back to its World War II roots, giving players a sense of nostalgia that was missing from previous releases.
2018 – Fortnite
In 2018, the world went crazy with the new free-to-play game from Epic Games. Fortnite not only outclassed its rivals in terms of the number of players, but above all viewership on streaming platforms. It is on this title that one of the most famous streamers in the world – Ninja – created his power. Fortnite also introduced the battle royale genre to the world of computer games.
2019 – League of Legends
League of Legends was launched in 2009. A decade later, over 115 million players watched streams from this game a month. Almost the same number of people watched the League of Legends Championship Finals. MOBA has always been a popular game, but it’s still growing. It is probably the most popular production in the world overall.
2020 – Among Us
LoL, COD, Fortnite, and CS: GO are incredibly popular games with a huge monthly number of players. However, in 2020, the market was taken over by a multi-person production with social deduction – Among Us. The title InnerSloth took the place of Fall Guys, which would probably have taken their place had it not been for the imposter tracking boom.