Top 10 Most Played Games of 2021

Top 10 Most Played Games of 2021

There are a ton of upcoming games slated for release in 2022 but we thought it might be a good idea to reflect for a moment on some of the most popular games of 2021 that have helped curb our boredom for what has been, for most of us, a pretty weird year.  

I pulled this data set straight from which is a pretty cool website filled with many data pieces from the Twitch analytics that help to show how many people were watching what games.  While there are quite a few stories behind the perpetually shifting data points that might require breakdowns of their own, let’s just concentrate on the numbers they show us.  

1.   Grand Theft Auto V  —   1,874,909,023 hours 
2.   League of Legends   —  1,735,661,105 hours 
3.   Fortnite   —   966,514,114 hours
4.   Valorant   —  950,822,193 hours
5.   Minecraft  —   863,349,000 hours
6.   Call of Duty:  Warzone   —   851,481,372 hours
7.   Counter Strike:  Global Offensive   —   767,504,400 hours
8.   Apex Legends   —   689,817,549 hours 
9.   DOTA 2  —   578,484,298 hours
10.  Escape from Tarkov   —   403,751,819 hours

This is total watch time and while it doesn’t offer a full picture it does give us a healthy idea of what some of the most popular games of 2021 were. For instance, who knew that Fortnite was still the most popular BR across all platforms?  Probably having something to do with Warzone’s many bugs and issues that didn’t stop it from managing to rank above Apex Legends.  

I encourage you to take a look at the graphic yourself.  You might be surprised to see some games not mentioned in our top ten that you may have thought were “dead” still clinging to relevancy in the top twenty five. 

cough PUBG  cough

I have little doubt that with 2022’s lineup of games we will see a reordering of the aristocracy once a few of these big titles start dropping, but it’s good to pay homage to the games that have seen us through such a strange year.  

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