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Top 5 Most Played Gaming Genres, Ranked By Active Players

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Top 5 Most Played Gaming Genres, Ranked By Active Players

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Chances are, you’re in the know about the latest and greatest titles in the gaming world right now. Whether avidly checking Steam or browsing Twitch, information about the hottest individual games is readily available to gamers. But what are the most played gaming genres?

Here are the top five most popular and most played gaming genres, listed according to their estimated monthly active players. Our list combines aggregate factors, including peak monthly user counts, publisher statements, and publicly available statistical information to build an estimate monthly player count for each of gaming’s most popular and most played genres.

Popular online card games such as Hearthstone and The Elder Scrolls Legends have also been omitted, due to a lack of hard data made available by their publishers.

Most Played Gaming Genres

5) Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs)

Best Healer Class in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, world of warcraft

The latest expansion for World of Warcraft gave many players an excuse to return to gaming’s most enduring franchise. The nearly 15-year-old MMORPG faced an unfortunate drop-off of players since 2010. But WoW still retains a fairly active player base, and even appears to have recovered many fans that had long since left the game after an enticing new update, called Battle for Azeroth.

Estimates for monthly player counts put World of Warcraft’s current base at around 10.1 million. Additionally, with titles like Final Fantasy XIV, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Guild Wars 2, also posting very respectable numbers, there’s still a substantial community of gamers that love this genre.

Indeed, there’s little doubt that players have a lot to look forward to from their favorite MMOs. Quality expansions like Battle For Azeroth, Stormblood, and Summerset maintain a consistent content pipeline for the rabid MMORPG fan.

Estimated Monthly Players: 21 Million

Top 5 Most Played MMORPG’s, Ranked By Active Players:

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Michael Allio is a writer from the Greater San Francisco Bay Area in California. He's a passionate creative, and when he's not writing or avidly discussing current events, he loves playing story-driven video games. Some of his favorite series have darker tones to them - Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Mass Effect are just a few of his favorites. Keep an eye out - there's much more to come from this writer's keyboard.

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