Riot Games have recently announced a batch of events and streams to celebrate 10 year anniversary of League of Legends which also had an unexpected byproduct - the post included the average concurrent player number which was usually a big secret.
Riot's announcement of the 10-year celebration revealed that League of Legends averages peaks of 8 million concurrent players these days, across all available regions. The number itself is impressive which brings some interesting comparisons to League's peers. For example, Dota 2 peaked at 826,690 concurrent players in the 30 days leading up to writing this article.
That means Dota 2's single biggest peak in last 30 days is roughly 10 per cent of League of Legends' average daily peak, where the lowest daily peaks are also taken into calculation.
League of Legends to Dota 2 concurrent user peak ratio is not much of a surprise since the former has been on top of the gaming world for years until Fortnite's lighting quick rise to fame in 2018. This is where people started asking questions about player bases in order to gauge which game has more players, but both Riot Games and Epic tend to keep these numbers to themselves.
Epic budged and revealed that Fortnite had around 7.6 million concurrent players back on 16 February 2019 when fans figured Apex Legends' quick popularity gain could threaten the building battle royale giant. This number was actually a non-event record for Fortnite and barring a massive undocumented growth until September 2019, is a number that could be representative of the current popularity.
Therefore, League of Legends has either slightly bigger daily concurrent peaks than Fortnite these days or they are on even ground. It has been over half a year since Fortnite's numbers popped up, after all.
Fortnite's biggest peak of all time was 10.2 million concurrent players during the Marshmello concert event which may be a milestone Riot are aiming to reach with events of their own. They announced a series of live streams and events, kicking off on 15 October 2019 but it remains to be seen if they will manage to beat the numbers a live concert pulled in.
One interesting number to see would be the percentage of players that actually like the new logo.