By Richard Cobbett on July 13th, 2012 at 6:00 pm.
From Forbes and Xfire come some truly jaw-dropping stats about how much time people currently spend on games. Over the last year, Minecraft clocked up 371,635,651 hours, while World of Warcraft scored a life-sapping 622,378,909. Both however pale to the game at the top of the chart, League of Legends. 1,292,502,456 hours, in just the US and EU. Coincidentally, that’s also the amount of time you have to play before people stop calling you a noob.
These aren’t hard stats of course, but extrapolations from Xfire’s data – 21 million members and their gaming from July 1st 2011 to June 30th 2012. It would be fascinating to know how they tally with the real-world numbers, but it’s rare we ever get a glimpse of those unless a company has something specific to announce. The really interesting numbers though I suspect wouldn’t come from big gamer-games like Diablo 3 and Call of Duty, but the likes of Solitaire and Bejewelled over on Facebook land. The word ‘gamer’ has never been more universally appropriate, even if many would never wear the badge. Someone’s buying those Match-3 games, after all.