Ever wonder just how profitable F2P games are? Well, the top ten online games of 2013 based on free-to-play earnings have been revealed, and League of Legends is actually in second place. Well, all those jokes about Riot operating out of a palace made of money do have some merit.
League of Legends' 2013 revenues clock in at $624 million total, meaning "Take my money, Riot!" is more than just a meme. Meanwhile, CrossFire, a Korean FPS, holds the top spot with $957 million. Interestingly, Chinese internet company Tencent actually holds major shares in both titles.
Nexon is another major player in the F2P market, and they've got three games on the list. Topping the Nexon list is Dungeon Fighter Online, with $426 million in 2013 revenues. Maplestory, their wildly popular and long-running online fantasy RPG, made it to fifth with $326 million. Separating them is Wargaming.net's World of Tanks.
Interestingly, World of Warcraft is doing quite well in the F2P market as well, and sits at seventh place. Team Fortress 2 comes in ninth, neck in neck with EA's Star Wars: The Old Republic.
You can see the top ten games below. Again, this is just based on F2P earnings in 2013, not subscriptions or sales numbers.
- CrossFire (SmileGate/Tencent) - $957 million
- League of Legends (Riot Games/Tencent) - $624 million
- Dungeon Fighter Online (Nexon) - $426 million
- World of Tanks (Wargaming.net) - $372 million
- Maplestory (Nexon) - $326 million
- Lineage I (NCSoft) - $257 million
- World of Warcraft (Blizzard) - $213 million
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (EA) - $139 million
- Team Fortress 2 (Valve) - $139 million
- Counter-Strike Online (Valve/Nexon) - $121 million