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This is a list of the most-played video games ordered by their overall player count, including by registered accounts, monthly active users, subscriptions, or owners of a free-to-play game. Do not list games by official sales figures here; those are to be added to the list of best-selling video games page instead. This list is also not comprehensive, because player counts are not always publicly available, reliable, or up to date.

This list does not include mobile games, unless versions of the game have also been released on non-mobile platforms. For a list of them, see the list of most-played mobile games by player count.

List

Most-played video games by player count (with at least 10 million)
Game Number As of Business model Release date Publisher Ref.
CrossFire 650 million registered accounts August 2016 Free-to-play May 3, 2007 Smilegate [1]
Dungeon Fighter Online 600 million June 2018 Free-to-play August 2005 Nexon [2]
Pac-Man Doodle 505 million peak daily players[a] June 2010 Free-to-play May 21, 2010 Google [3]
Candy Crush Saga 500 million[a] June 2014 Free-to-play April 12, 2012 King [4]
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds 400 million[a] June 2018 Pay-to-play/free-to-play[b] December 20, 2017 PUBG Corporation [5]
Microsoft Solitaire 400 million July 2015 Free-to-play 1990 Microsoft [6]
Fantasy Westward Journey 310 million registered accounts April 2015 Free-to-play December 2001 NetEase [7]
RuneScape 200 million registered accounts July 2012 Subscription[c] January 4, 2001 Jagex [8]
Dragon Nest 200 million March 2013 Free-to-play March 2010 Nexon [9]
Fortnite 200 million registered accounts November 2018 Free-to-play September 26, 2017 Epic Games [10]
The Legend of Mir 3 120 million registered accounts February 2012 Subscription/free-to-play October 2004 WeMade Entertainment [11]
World of Warcraft 100 million registered accounts January 2014 Subscription/pay-to-play[d] November 23, 2004 Blizzard Entertainment [12]
League of Legends 100 million peak monthly players September 2016 Free-to-play October 27, 2009 Riot Games [13]
CityVille 100 million[a] October 2011 Free-to-play December 2, 2010 Zynga [14]
Happy Farm 100 million[a] August 2013 Free-to-play November 2008 5 Minutes [15]
MapleStory 100 million registered accounts April 2018 Free-to-play April 29, 2003 Nexon [11]
Scions of Fate 100 million registered accounts April 2018 Free-to-play November 25, 2004 KRG Soft [16]
The Sims Social 100 million[a] October 2011 Free-to-play August 9, 2011 Electronic Arts [14]
Zhengtu 100 million registered accounts April 2018 Free-to-play 2007 Zhengtu Network [17]
Minecraft 91 million peak monthly players[a] October 2018 Pay-to-play November 18, 2011 Mojang [18]
FarmVille 83 million peak monthly players[a] March 2010 Free-to-play June 19, 2009 Zynga [19]
Westward Journey Online II 83 million registered accounts November 2006 Free-to-play 2001 NetEase [20]
Ragnarok Online 80 million registered accounts April 2018 Subscription[c] August 31, 2002 Gravity [11]
Dragon Oath 75 million registered accounts February 2010 Free-to-play 2007 KRG Soft [21]
Roblox 70 million peak monthly players September 2018 Free-to-play August 27, 2006 Roblox Corporation [22]
Hearthstone 70 million May 2017 Free-to-play March 11, 2014 Blizzard Entertainment [23]
Dofus 62 million registered accounts April 2018 Subscription[c] September 2004 Ankama [11]
Flyff 60 million registered accounts April 2018 Free-to-play August 16, 2004 Gala Lab [24]
Lineage 50 million March 2007 Subscription September 3, 1998 NCSoft [25]
Perfect World 50 million registered accounts April 2018 Free-to-play July 2005 Beijing Perfect World [11]
Team Fortress 2 50 million owners on Steam[e] July 2018 Free-to-play October 10, 2007 Valve Corporation [26]
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 46 million owners on Steam[e] July 2018 Free-to-play[f] August 21, 2012 Valve Corporation [26]
FarmVille 2 43 million peak monthly players[a] December 2012 Free-to-play September 2012 Zynga [27]
Overwatch 40 million May 2018 Pay-to-play May 24, 2016 Blizzard Entertainment [28]
Rocket League 40 million January 2018 Pay-to-play July 7, 2015 Psyonix [29]
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege 40 million registered accounts June 2018 Pay-to-play December 1, 2015 Ubisoft [30]
Warframe 38 million registered accounts March 2018 Free-to-play March 25, 2013 Digital Extremes [31]
Drakensang Online 35 million registered accounts April 2018 Free-to-play August 2011 Bigpoint [17]
Grand Theft Auto Online 34 million November 2014 Pay-to-play October 1, 2013 Rockstar Games [32]
Evony 33 million registered accounts October 2016 Free-to-play May 6, 2009 Evony LLC [33]
Pac-Man 30 million peak monthly US players 1982 Pay-to-play May 21, 1980 Namco [34]
Unturned 27 million owners on Steam[e] July 2018 Free-to-play July 7, 2017 Smartly Dressed Games [26]
TERA 26 million registered accounts May 2017 Subscription/free-to-play[g] January 25, 2011 Bluehole [35]
Street Fighter II 25 million total US players 1994 Pay-to-play February 6, 1991 Capcom [36]
Left 4 Dead 2 23 million owners on Steam[e] July 2018 Pay-to-play November 17, 2009 Valve Corporation [26]
DC Universe Online 20 million May 2015 Free-to-play January 11, 2011 Daybreak Game Company [37]
Blade & Soul 18 million December 2013 Subscription[c] June 30, 2012 NCSoft [38]
Payday 2 18 million owners on Steam[e] July 2018 Pay-to-play August 13, 2013 Starbreeze Studios [26]
Farm Town 17 million peak monthly players[a] August 2009 Free-to-play February 1, 2009 SlashKey [39]
Doom 15 million 2006 Shareware December 10, 1993 id Software [40]
For Honor 15 million October 2018 Free-to-play February 14, 2017 Ubisoft [41]
Trove 15 million February 2018 Free-to-play July 9, 2015 Trion Worlds [42]
Final Fantasy XIV 14 million registered accounts August 2018 Subscription August 27, 2013 Square Enix [43]
Lineage II 14 million June 2007 Subscription October 1, 2003 NCSoft [44]
Paladins 14 million owners on Steam[e] July 2018 Free-to-play September 15, 2016 Hi-Rez Studios [26]
Dota 2 13 million peak monthly players September 2016 Free-to-play July 9, 2013 Valve Corporation [13]
Guild Wars 2 11 million September 2018 Free-to-play August 28, 2012 NCSoft [45]
The Elder Scrolls Online 10 million registered accounts December 2017 Pay-to-play April 4, 2014 Bethesda Softworks [46]
Forza Horizon 3 10 million September 2018 Pay-to-play September 27, 2016 Microsoft Studios [47]
Star Wars: The Old Republic 10 million registered accounts April 2018 Subscription December 20, 2011 Electronic Arts [17]
Black Desert Online 10 million registered accounts September 2018 Pay-to-play July 14, 2015 Bethesda Softworks [48]
Free Realms 10 million registered accounts April 2018 Free-to-play April 28, 2009 Sony Online Entertainment [17]
H1Z1 10 million June 2018 Free-to-play February 28, 2018 Daybreak Game Company [49]
Robocraft 10 million owners on Steam[e] July 2018 Free-to-play August 24, 2017 Freejam Games [26]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Includes mobile players.
  2. ^ PC and console versions use pay-to-play model, while mobile versions use free-to-play model.
  3. ^ a b c d Includes a free-to-play option.
  4. ^ Monthly subscription business model in Western markets, and an alternative pay-to-play business model in Asian markets.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Not official; the numbers were estimated following a Steam API data leak in July 2018, which gave player ownership estimates for games on the platform that have achievements.
  6. ^ Was previously a commercial product before going free to play in December 2018
  7. ^ Formerly used subscription business model, before changing to free-to-play business model.

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