Most-played video games.
1.PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 1,037 million players
Pay-to-play / free-to-play
Release date : December 20, 2017
Created by : Krafton / Tencent
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is an online multiplayer battle royale game developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole. The game is based on previous mods that were created by Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene for other games, inspired by the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale, and expanded into a standalone game under Greene’s creative direction. In the game, up to one hundred players parachute onto an island and scavenge for weapons and equipment to kill others while avoiding getting killed themselves. The available safe area of the game’s map decreases in size over time, directing surviving players into tighter areas to force encounters. The last player or team standing wins the round.
1,000 million players
Release day: May 3, 2007
Created by: Smilegate / Tencent
CrossFire is an online tactical first-person shooter game developed by Smilegate Entertainment for Microsoft Windows. It was first released in South Korea on May 3, 2007.
Due to its popularity in Asia, especially China and South Korea, it has become the world’s most-played video games by player count, with a lifetime total of 1 billion users in 80 countries worldwide. It was the world’s top-grossing online game as of 2014, and went on to become one of the highest-grossing video games of all time, having grossed $12 billion in lifetime revenue as of 2018.
3.Dungeon Fighter Online
700 million players
Release date : August 2005
Created by : Nexon / Tencent
Dungeon Fighter Online, also known as DFO, is a multiplayer beat ’em up action role-playing game, developed and published for personal computers by Neople, a South Korean subsidiary of Nexon, and originally published by Hangame in 2005. The game was originally released in South Korea as Dungeon & Fighter (던전앤파이터) and in Japan as Arad Senki (アラド戦記, Arado Senki, lit. War Records of Arad). In China, the game is published by Tencent. In 2014, Neople began an alpha test of a global version of Dungeon Fighter Online using the last English version hosted by Nexon, which has since ended.
QQ Speed / GKART / Speed Drifters
700 million players
Release date : January 23, 2008
Created by : Tencent / Garena
GKART, also known as QQ Speed or Speed Drifters, is a massively multiplayer online kart racing game developed by TiMi Studios and published by Tencent Games and Garena. The game was originally released in China as QQ Speed in 2010 and gained enormous popularity in China, with a record number of 2 million players online at the same time in 2011. The game was heavily inspired by Nintendo’s Mario Kart franchise.
600 million players
Release date : November 18, 2011
Created by : Mojang / NetEase[c]
Minecraft is a sandbox video game developed by Mojang. The game was created by Markus “Notch” Persson in the Java programming language. Following several early test versions, it was released as a paid public alpha for personal computers in 2009 before releasing in November 2011, with Jens Bergensten taking over development. Minecraft has since been ported to several other platforms and is the best-selling video game of all time, with 200 million copies sold and 126 million monthly active users as of 2020.
In Minecraft, players explore a blocky, procedurally-generated 3D world with virtually infinite terrain, and may discover and extract raw materials, craft tools and items, and build structures or earthworks. Depending on game mode, players can fight computer-controlled “mobs”, as well as cooperate with or compete against other players in the same world. Game modes include a survival mode, in which players must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health, and a creative mode, where players have unlimited resources. Players can modify the game to create new gameplay mechanics, items, and assets.