It’s hard to believe that Grand Theft Auto V is nearly two years old, as it initially released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 back in September 2013. It continues to flourish, though, mainly due to its advanced re-releases on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and, most recently PC. We recently reported on the game’s initial impact on the PC front, but now Newzoo has supplied new numbers that indicate just what kind of strength it really has, with some help from overlay platform Overwolf.
According to the chart above, Riot Games’ League of Legends continues to be a dominant champion, while Mojang’s Minecraft, now under the ownership of Microsoft, continues to be a popular favorite. However, Grand Theft Auto V made a notable debut in the top ten for April 2015, comfortable slotted in the seventh position. That’s a pretty good position to be in, although most of that success is attributed to GTA V’s advanced features for PC, including 60 frames per second animation and the inclusion of a new video editor.
Surprisingly enough, another game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, had been building in popularity leading up to GTA V’s release on PC. “As we pointed out in both March and February 2015, we predicted that the steady increase in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Multiplayer was due in part to the eager anticipation of GTA V‘s release,” says the report. It’s since dropped back down since the arrival of the new game, although it still remains in the top 20 â€“ an impressive feat for a title that’s well over a decade old.
Other games have made some major moves on the chart as well. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive continues to be a big hit for Valve in the third place spot; Blizzard’s forthcoming Heroes of the Storm has built enough momentum to jump up seven spots to number 12, mainly due to the success of its recent stint on ESPN 2; and other games like DOTA 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic and World of Tanks continue to shift around, while remaining high in popularity.
So what does this mean in the long-term for popular PC games Well, League of Legends isn’t likely to go anywhere, despite ongoing pressure from Valve’s DOTA 2, which continues to be a hit during International tournaments. Minecraft is likely to be the same way, since Microsoft isn’t set to remove any of that game’s momentum anytime soon. As for GTA V, it’ll probably get better from here, moving up the chart as more and more creative gamers post videos from their gaming sessions, drawing in additional players as a result.