League of Legends has been around for a while and in certain countries like South Korea, it is an incredibly popular game. However it looks like we might have a new contender in town in the form of Blizzard’s Overwatch. It seems that the game has, for now, managed to overtake League of Legends in terms of popularity amongst the country’s PC bangs.
The numbers show that the game has a 0.4% lead over League of Legends in terms of play time last week. In case you’re unfamiliar with Korea’s PC bangs, it is a cybercafe where players can gather and play games together on computers that are rented out typically by the hour. It is an incredibly popular way of socializing amongst Korean gamers, as well as other countries in Asia like China, Singapore, and Malaysia.
That being said, the data is provided by GettoGold who is a company that operates PC bangs in Korea. Given that the company operates about 40% of the PC bangs in the country, it is safe to say that their numbers could almost be indicative for the rest of the PC bangs, although do take it with a grain of salt for now.
It is also entirely possible that the surge in popularity could be due to the hype and positive reviews of the game, not to mention PC bangs are an inexpensive way for gamers to try out the game before actually paying money for their own copy.