Overwatch Update: Overwatch gets bigger, beats League of Legends as Korea’s most popular internet game

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Overwatch‘s record-breaking run continues with the game currently amassing the largest share of players at Korean internet cafes, replacing long-time leader League of Legends from the top spot for the first time in four years.

According to Gametrics, a Korean website that tracks and charts what people are playing at more than 4,000 different internet cafes (colloquially referred to as “PC bangs”), Overwatch currently holds the top spot for more than 30 percent of internet café customers, besting League of Legends’ 27.8 percent audience share. The Riot Games’ League of Legends has fallen a few months shortly of being top for four years, as it’s been the most popular game since August 2012.

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According to Polygon, this is a huge milestone for the game, considering League of Legends’ popularity and deep history with Korean gamers, which most of them do the majority of gaming in PC bangs or internet cafes. Overwatch also marks the first in nearly four years to dethrone one of the most popular and well-established multiplayer online battle arena titles.

Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch’s publisher and developer, has long held a special place in the heart of Korean gamers, thanks in most part to its real-time strategy games, StarCraft, and StarCraft II. The sci-fi strategy game has been one of the country’s biggest hits since it launched in 1998, establishing a very competitive StarCraft scene for a long time and spawning professional tournaments across the country.

In addition, Overwatch‘s competitive mode will be rolling out later this month on PC and console in which Koreans gamers were the first to try the mode out in its beta format.

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Developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game that came about following the 2014 cancellation of the ambitious massively multiplayer online role-playing game Titan, a game that had been in development at Blizzard for almost seven years

Overwatch was officially unveiled at BlizzCon 2014 in a fully playable state and was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in May 2016.

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