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Overwatch surpasses League of Legends in Korea's gaming cafes

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For almost four full years, League of Legends has been the most-played game in Korea's PC bangs, a sort of internet cafe-slash-gaming room where people pay a flat hourly fee to play online games. But that reign has come to an end, according to a recent Gametrics report (via Polygon), which said that the new king of the hill is—surprise!—Overwatch

The report says that just over 30 percent of players opted for Overwatch in its most recent measuring, compared to just under 28 percent for League of Legends. It's a huge turnaround, given the popularity of LoL in Korea, although both games remain miles ahead of the third-place finisher, Sudden Attack, which managed just an 8.3 percent share.   

The big question, then, is less likely to be how much Overwatch can build out the lead (because LoL obviously isn't going away anytime soon), but how long it can hold it. Will people stick around for the first-person shooting, or will the novelty wear off, and the old standby resume its dominance? One thing weighing in Blizzard's favor is that Overwatch's Competitive Mode still hasn't been rolled out, so the really good stuff—if you're into competitive gaming, anyway—is yet to come.

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.