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How Many People Play League of Legends & Average LoL Player Stats (2023)

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League of Legends is still growing in popularity, having over 152 million players worldwide as we speak.

Find out:

  • How many people play League of Legends
  • What is their average age
  • How much professional players earn from tournaments

Did you know that the most successful esports League of Legends player earned $1.5 million from prizes alone? Learn the player’s name below.

How many people play League of Legends

League of Legends monthly players

How popular is League of Legends

League of Legends demographics

League of Legends viewership statistics

League of Legends Player Base Statistics

  • The number of League of Legends monthly players is increasing, reaching 152 million in 2022, which is only 3 million more than in 2021.
  • League of Legends is the fifth most-played game in the world, based on monthly numbers provided by ActivePlayer, beaten by Minecraft, Roblox, Fortnite, and PUBG.
  • 87% of males, 12% of females, and 1% of non-binaries is the gender distribution of League of Legends players, with most between 21 and 24 years old.
  • While the 2021 championship holds the average views record, the 2022 championship broke the peak concurrent views record, beating the previous 4 million with 5.1 million viewers.
  • League of Legends is the most popular game on Twitch, but only 7th on YouTube and 12th on Facebook Gaming.

How Many People Play League of Legends?

  • There are currently up to 152 million League of Legends players worldwide, according to ActivePlayer.
Number of monthly LoL players per years

In 2012, the game already had 70 million registered users, although “only” 32 million monthly players.

YearNumber of average
monthly LoL players
from 2011 to 2022
2022152 million
2021149 million
2020137 million
2019117 million
201875 million
2017100 million
201465 million
201232 million
201111.5 million
(ActivePlayer, RiftFeed)

League of Legends monthly players

  • On average, more than 152 million people play League of Legends every month in 2022.

The numbers in the table represent the average monthly players throughout the entire year:

YearAverage monthly
LoL players
2022152,082,329
2021149,312,721
2020136,744,216
2019116,655,965
(ActivePlayer)

Average League of Legends daily players

  • Around 5 million people is playing League of Legends daily in 2022.
YearAverage daily
LoL players
20225,069,411
20214,977,091
20204,558,140
20193,888,532
(ActivePlayer)

Average number of concurrent LoL players?

  • In 2022, the average concurrent (peak) League of Legends player count was 13,687,409.
YearAverage number of
concurrent LoL players
202213,687,409 million
202113,370,644 million
20207,268,869 million
20194,083,635 million
(ActivePlayer)

What’s the highest number of concurrent LOL players?

  • Roughly 14 million concurrent players in February 2022 mark the highest peak number of players in one day.

(ActivePlayer)

However, according to Riot Games, the official record still stands at 8 million.

(Eurogamer)

More player numbers data on:

  • League of Legends is the fifth most-played game in the world.
Most popular games by monthly active players

Based on the average monthly player count.

PUBG, or Player Unknown Battlegrounds, holds first place as the most popular game in the world.

The data is based on the League of Legends player count provided by ActivePlayer.

GameLeague of Legends
monthly active players
PUBG376 million
Fortnite263 million
Roblox205 million
Minecraft171 million
League of
Legends
152 million
Genshin
Impact
63 million
Apex
Legends
63 million
Call of Duty:
Warzone
53 million
Counter-Strike:
Global Offensive
35 million
Valorant22 million
(TWINFINITE, ActivePlayer)

Here’s more info on Valorant player numbers.

How many League of Legends accounts are there?

  • League of Legends has over 150 million registered players in 2022.

As seen in the table above, the video game currently has around 152 monthly players.

There are no official data or estimated numbers available for the period between 2021-2013.

YearRegistered
LoL players
2022150 million
201270 million
201132.5 million
(Riot Games, Riot Games 2)

League of Legends Demographics

  • At 87%, most League of Legends fans are males.

Females represent 12%, with non-binary gamers at 1%.

Percentages are based on an unofficial survey from a Reddit user in 2020, with 3,784 respondents.

GenderPercent of
LoL players
Male87%
Female12%
Non-binary1%
(Reddit)
  • More than 10% of male League of Legends players have been playing for more than 10 years.

Only 4% of women played the game for the same period.

(Reddit)

  • Almost all female League of Legends players choose to play with a female champion.

More accurately, 97% of them decide to pick a female champion.

(INVEN Global)

  • Most League of Legends players are between 21-to-24-years old.
League of Legends players by age

Only 1% of League of Legends players are older than 35.

Age groupPercentage of
LoL players
Under 1810%
18-2027%
21-2437%
25-3022%
31-353%
36 and over1%
(Reddit)
  • 59% of League of Legends players were students in 2020.
  • Around 51% had a job.

Interestingly, players without a job or getting education were most likely to play League of Legends daily.

LoL player’s
employment
status
Playing
every
day
Several
times
a week
Few
times
a week
Few
times
a month
Even
less
often
Students
(without job)
33%42%16%5%5%
Students
(with job)
26%49%14%7%4%
Full-time
employee
22%48%20%7%4%
Part-time
employee
34%41%19%4%2%
Self-
employment
25%41%23%6%6%
Internship
(paid or
unpaid)
24%55%9%9%4%
Unemployed,
and not in
education
39%39%12%6%5%
(Reddit)
  • At 31%, single League of Legends players were likelier to play every day than those in a relationship (25%).

(Reddit)

  • 26% of people that are interested in League of Legends only watch the streams or championships.

In contrast, 32% of interested people only play the game. 42% play and watch it.

How people
consume LoL
Percentage
Only watch streams26%
Watch streams & play42%
Only play32%
(Newzoo)
  • More than half of League of Legends gamers come from China.

The second largest player base comes from Western Europe.

Country
or region
Number of
LoL players
China75,000,000
West Europe34,830,785
North America27,889,684
South Korea19,822,124
Nord &
East Europe
18,428,816
Brazil11,488,731
Turkey7,727,140
South
America
12,850,533
Russia4,888,207
Oceania2,746,903
Japan1,736,489
(RiftFeed)
  • League of Legends has 9 ranks, with most players (36%) having the “Silver” one.

Only 0.011% of League of Legends players have the “Challenger” rank, the highest in the game.

RankPercentage of LoL
players having the rank
Challenger0.011%
Grandmaster0.026%
Master0.12%
Diamond1.4%
Platinum11%
Gold29%
Silver36%
Bronze18%
Iron1.8%
(RiftFeed)
  • According to Riot Games, 60% of in-game champions are males.

In the past few years, developers added more female champions than male ones since they want to bring the champion gender ratio to 50/50.

(INVEN Global)

  • The average round in League of Legends lasts between 15 and 40 minutes.

However, round duration can last from merely 5 minutes to 1.5 hours.

(Global Gaming)

  • On average, League of Legends gamers with the highest rank end the game the fastest.

That’s due to the skills and knowledge of the game that these players gained during gameplay.

RankAverage playtime per match
based on the player’s rank
Challenger25 minutes 25 seconds
Grandmaster26 minutes 9 seconds
Master26 minutes 5 seconds
Diamond26 minutes 34 seconds
Platinum28 minutes 5 seconds
Gold28 minutes 16 seconds
Silver29 minutes 15 seconds
Bronze29 minutes 24 seconds
Iron29 minutes 27 seconds
(Global Gaming)

Here’s more data on video games playtime and addiction.

  • Kai’Sa is the most popular League of Legends champion, while Singed is considered the best.

Most people pick Kai’Sa as their champion, having 25.5% popularity. It also has a 50.3%-win rate.

However, champion Singed has the highest win rate at 53.6%, yet only 2.4% of popularity.

(League of Graphs)

Who’s the #1 League of Legends Player?

Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok is considered the best League of Legends player in the world.

However, the best League of Legends gamers are placed in different gaming roles. Much like in other sports, players often shine in a specific position.

Here’s the table of the best League of Legends players that played at the 2022 World Championship:

In-game
player position
Best
player
SecondThird
Top laneBai “369”
Jia-Hao
Choi “Zeus”
Woo-je
Huang “Wayward”
Ren-Xin
JunglerGao “Tian”
Tian-Liang
Seo “Kanavi”
Jin-hyeok
Han “Peanut”
Wang-ho
Mid laneJeong “Chovy”
Ji-hoon
Li “Xiaohu”
Yuan-Hao
Zhuo “knight”
Ding
AD carryPark “Viper”
Do-hyeon
Yu “JackeyLove”
Wen-Bo
Park “Ruler”
Jae-hyuk
SupportRyu “Keria”
Min-seok
Shi “Ming”
Sen-Ming
Tian “Meiko” Ye
(Nerd Street)

Breadwhatwhat is the highest-ranking League of Legends player.

In-game
nickname
In-game
rank &
points
In-game
wins
BreadwhatwhatChallenger 1864 LP222 wins
(58.9%)
Tar2anChallenger 1809 LP252 wins
(59.9%)
Charlie HeatonChallenger 1764 LP252 wins
(58%)
Di MorwinelaChallenger 1734 LP327 wins
(57.7%)
PwVx
Hc9999na
Challenger 1726 LP252 wins
(60.3%)
AgurinChallenger 1713 LP662 wins
(54.3%)
Curselol1Challenger 1704 LP339 wins
(57%)
Aim FirstChallenger 1701 LP196 wins
(55.4%)
MU APAChallenger 1692 LP343 wins
(57.4%)
Wakanda
f0rever
Challenger 1684 LP136 wins
(69%)
(League of Graphs: November 11th, 2022.
  • Players Meiko, Scout, Viper, Flandre, and JieJie, were the top League of Legends earners in 2021, each earning $157,475.

As you can see, last year’s top earners were teams that together won a tournament:

In-game nicknamesTotal earnings in 2021
Meiko, Scout, Viper,
Flandre, JieJie
$157,475
BeryL, Khan, ShowMaker,
Canyon, Ghost
$148,051
xiaohu, Ming, Gala,
wei, Cryin
$99,026
Humanoid, Carzzy,
Kaiser, Armut, Elyoya
$62,886
(Esports Earnings)
  • T1 is the most successful League of Legends team, winning 61 tournaments and collecting a total of $8,103,278 in prize money.

These are only the prizes from League of Legends tournaments. A team can have players that play video games other than LoL, winning awards there as well.

Read more on how much esports gamers earn.

Here are the most successful team in League of Legends based on prize pool money collected:

Esports
team
Total prize
earnings
from LoL
tournaments
Number of
tournaments
won
Team’s
origin
country
T1$8,103,27861 tournamentsKorean
Samsung$4,252,04819 tournamentsKorean
Invictus
Gaming
$4,189,14566 tournamentsChina
Royal Never
Give Up
$4,159,58135 tournamentsChina
EDward
Gaming
$3,846,86649 tournamentsChina
Fnatic$3,184,56484 tournamentsUK
G2 Esports$2,712,57362 tournamentsEU
Cloud9$2,351,15485 tournamentsUSA
(Esports Earnings 3)
  • League of Legends 2018 World Championship had the biggest prize pool out of all League of Legends esports championship finals, awarding almost $6.5 million.

Interestingly, the 2022nd World Championship holds 6th place for the prize pool size.

Here’s a list of LoL tournaments with the largest prize pools:

TournamentPrize poolNumber
of teams
Number
of players
2018 World
Championship
$6,450,00024 teams131 players
2016 World
Championship
$5,070,00016 teams86 players
2017 World
Championship
$4,946,96924 teams128 players
2020 World
Championship
$2,340,00025 teams113 players
2019 World
Championship
$2,225,00024 teams127 players
2022 World
Championship
$2,225,00024 teams124 players
2021 World
Championship
$2,180,50022 teams113 players
2014 World
Championship
$2,130,00016 teams82 players
2015 World
Championship
$2,130,00016 teams85 players
Season 3 World
Championship
$2,050,00014 teams70 players
(Esports Earnings 2)

The average salary of a pro League of Legends player

  • The average professional League of Legends player earns $105,000 a year.

(Novint)

  • In LCS (North American League), the average professional League of Legends gamer earns up to $300,000.

The starting salary is $75,000.

(LeagueFeed)

  • The “Faker” is a League of Legends esports player with the highest earnings who earned almost $1.5 million solely from prizes.
South Koreans are the top earners in League of Legends

The table shows esports players’ earnings that are derived only from prizes (no sponsorships or other earnings included).

In-game
nickname
NationalityEarnings
FakerSouth Korea$1,498,711
DukeSouth Korea$1,151,427
BangSouth Korea$1,057,318
WolfSouth Korea$1,053,271
BengiSouth Korea$926,920
JackeyLoveChina$841,011
RookieSouth Korea$735,323
CoreJJSouth Korea$716,738
NingChina$696,766
BaolanChina$684,271
TheShySouth Korea$682,222
XiaohuChina$680,083
RulerSouth Korea$664,007
BlankSouth Korea$655,613
KarsaTaiwan$624,814
AmbitionSouth Korea$596,773
UziChina$595,528
MataSouth Korea$585,456
PerkzCroatia$583,204
CapsDenmark$562,862
(Dexerto)

Who are the oldest League of Legends pro players?

  • The 30-year-old American gamer “Aphromoo” is the oldest professional League of Legends player.

His real name is Zaqueri Black, and he is already playing LoL for the 11th year.

The table also contains players that aren’t currently playing, but they also aren’t officially retired as players.

In-game
nickname
AgeStatus
Xmithie31Coach
Aphromoo30Player
Hai30Player
Solo29Player
Hachamecha29Player
Meteos29Player
Dimonko29Manager
Ceros28Coach
PromisQ28Player
Vander28Player
CoreJJ28Player
Darshan28Player
(Leaguepedia)

League of Legends Viewership Statistics

  • League of Legends 2022’s World Championship set the record in peak viewership, breaking the 5 million mark.
2022 League of Legends Championship broke the record with 5+ million peak views

The 2022’s event had 5,147,699 concurrent viewers, which is more than 1 million more than the year before.

League of Legends World Championship views got bigger each year, reaching 73.86 million views in 2021. But 2022 have lower average views as shown in the table below:

YearPeak viewsAverage viewsHours watched
20225,147,699987,437141,943,946
20214,018,7281,298,219174,826,794
20203,882,2521,113,702139,862,354
20193,985,7871,042,341136,980,921
20182,050,475651,17882,428,260
20172,102,206572,94473,623,300
(Escharts)
  • League of Legends is the most-watched game on Twitch, surpassing 8.72 billion hours of watch time.

A distant second is Fortnite, with 5.05 billion hours.

On the other hand, League of Legends is 7th most-watched game on YouTube and only 12th on Facebook Gaming.

Streaming
platform
Popularity of LoL
based on number
of views
Twitch1st place
YouTube7th place
Facebook
Gaming
12th place
(Dotesports, iSkysoft, Streams Charts)
  • The highest average monthly viewership for League of Legends on Twitch was in November 2021, with an average of 280,058 views.

That number will probably get surpassed by the average viewership in November 2022.

Here’s the table of Twitch’s average monthly views per year:

YearAverage views
on Twitch
2022190,881
2021198,066
2020177,032
2019127,800
2018112,689
(TwitchTracker)

Conclusion

These were the most interesting League of Legends statistics we could find. As you can see, League of Legends is still one of the most-played multiplayer games, despite being more than a decade old. That’s thanks to promotion, lavish tournaments, and the successful Netflix series Arcane.

Are you a League of Legends player, and how long have you been playing it? Have you ever wanted to play the game professionally? Please let us know in the comments.

Sources: RiftFeed, ActivePlayer, ActivePlayer 2, ActivePlayer 3, ActivePlayer 4, Eurogamer, TWINFINITE, Riot Games, Riot Games 2, Reddit, INVEN Global, Newzoo, Nerd Street, League of Graphs, League of Graphs 2, Novint, LeagueFeed, Dexerto, Escharts, Dotsports, iSkysoft, Streams Charts, TwitchTracker, Leaguepedia, Esports Earnings, Esports Earnings 2, Esports Earnings 3, Global Gaming

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