are reporting that Valve's recent MOBA title Dota 2 has surpassed Riot Games League of Legends title in the first quarter of 2013, according to a recent report from DFC Intelligence naming it the most played "core" PC title. The report draws in data from various sources around North America and Europe regions, including real-time stats from programs like Xfire's users. The recent findings also indicate that the two MOBA titles have surpassed Blizzard's World of Warcraft title, further pushing the popularity wave that the genre is riding.
"Usage of League of Legends has been steady the past year and surprisingly the huge success of Dota 2 did not seem to cut into its popularity as much as would be expected," said DFC analyst Jeremy Miller.
For the quarter, combined usage of the top 20 PC games was up 22 percent compared to the first quarter of 2012, and up 8 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.
"The past year has seen numerous blockbuster PC games that have really helped drive usage. This includes among others Diablo III, Guild Wars 2, Battlefield 3, Minecraft, World of Tanks and Valve's Counter-Strike series," added DFC analyst David Cole.
With the rise in free-to-play titles dominating even the most high-rated subscription-based titles, its definetly showing a shift in the gaming industry, one which I'm quite interested to see evolve.