Is Computer Gaming on Its Way Out? The Numbers Say PC Will Stay On Top

Most of the top eSports games are computer-only releases.

With the next-gen consoles out and mobile gaming becoming hotter, some have speculated that computers are on their way out the door. If you are a gamer looking to make it big as a pro, it is easy to say that the answer is a fairly big no. Computer gaming has a while to go (if ever) till it reaches its final days.

The top 10 games that have the highest earnings in eSports cross a variety of platforms. Over half of these games, however, are strictly computer platforms. Only 1 game is console only, while the other 3 are combinations of console and computer platforms.

#1: League of Legends - $11,671,817.18

With its growing popularity since its release in 2009, League of Legends tops the list of the games with the most earners. This MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena), released by Riot Games, is free-to-play. At the beginning of this year, LoL had over 67 million players per month. It is only available on Windows and OS X.

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#2: StarCraft II - $11,191,953.98

LoL isn't the only game breaking into the double-digit millions in earnings. StarCraft II follows closely behind it. This is not the only Blizzard Entertainment title that is part of the top 10 earners for eSports. StarCraft II is a real-time strategy video game with a focus on militaristic science fiction. This game is also only available on Microsoft Windows and OS X.

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#3: Counter-Strike - $9,809,841.38

Originally released as a mod for Half-Life, Valve purchased the IP and released it solo in 2000. Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter game (or fps, as they are more commonly called). This is the first title on the list that is on a combination of platforms, including:

  • Windows
  • Xbox
  • OS X
  • Linux

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#4: Dota 2 - $9,132,957.89

With LoL proving how strong the MOBA genre could be, Dota 2 released in 2013. This sequel was based on a Defense of the Ancients (DotA) mod. Dota 2 was originally released on Microsoft Windows and later ported to OS X and Linux. The title is exclusive to Steam.

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#5: StarCraft: Brood War - $5,246,860.88

Another title from Blizzard Entertainment from 1998, this game is an expansion to the prequel of the before mentioned StarCraft II. Another RTS (real-time strategy) game that is especially popular in Korea, this title is only available on Windows and Mac OS.

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#6: WarCraft III - $3,094,187.18

RTS games were a popular avenue for Blizzard Entertainment, and WarCraft III is no exception. The game released in the summer of 2002 in the US and won Game of the Year from over six publications. With single and multiplayer modes, this game is also only available on Windows, Mac OS, and OS X.

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#7: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - $1,724,680.47

The fourth title from the Counter-Strike series, CS:GO is an FPS with online play that also released by Valve. Sent out into the world in 2012, it is the second title on the list of top 10 earners to release on console. The game is available on:

  • PlayStation 3
  • Windows
  • OS X
  • Xbox 360

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#8: Halo 3 - $1,689,476.18

Halo 3 is the only title on the list that is exclusive to console release. Released in 2007 by Bungie, this FPS game is a Microsoft exclusive title. Players once again take on the role of the Master Chief on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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#9: World of Warcraft - $1,432,150.00

Released by Blizzard Entertainment, the popular MMO, World of Warcraft, is the fourth title by this developer to have made the list of the top 10 eSports earners. Blizzard obviously has a good eye for design when it comes to eSports. WoW was only released for Windows and OS X.

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#10: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - $1,341,905.35

Last but not least, Call of Duty:Black Ops 2 is the third game released on a combination of platforms. Developer, Treyarch, released their FPS game in 2012, and it is the 9th title in the series. This is the only title on the list that released on the Wii U in addition to:

  • PlayStation 3
  • Xbox 360
  • Windows

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With 6 of these titles being exclusive to computers, one would be hard-pressed to say that computers were on their way out. Computer gaming grows leaps and bounds compared to console gaming which could be a factor in the standings.

Author's Note: Earning totals subject to change as more tournament prizes are announced and awarded.

Published Jun. 17th 2014
  • Abaddamn
    What is this? I don't even.

    Sure, toting only MMORPGs as a top 10 list of 'great' games sounds fair enough to me.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    This is a list of the top 10 games that have paid out the most earnings for competitive eSports play. They just happen to be MMORPGs.
  • Chai Chien Liang
    Contributor
    PCs are just far more versatile than a console in terms of the genres that you can play and it's not like the PC market will be threatened by something like Kinect (especially when it's not a mandatory buy)
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    Microsoft also releases the Kinect for Windows as well so its not just exclusive to Xbox. 2.0 comes out later this year.
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    Nah, it's not going anywhere.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    And that's a good thing.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    PC games will always be around just for the fact that they dominate in so many areas it's ridiculous. I love being both a PC and console gamer, it's the best in the gaming world.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    I still have to fight for my console time so that may be one reason I'm primarily PC. lol. This machine is mine and no you can't play on it. Gonna make a sign to hang over my desk with that.
  • Si_W
    Well if the fabled Steam machine ever comes out, then it may give consoles a kick up the backside...
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    Definitely a good point. I find it is an exciting time in the industry.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I'm not 100% sure I'm looking at this right, but that amount of money you put next to each game, that is how much money the company made due to esports? Or is that like tournament winnings for players? Winnings all time?
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    Prize money totals for players.
  • Corey Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    The fact that PCs have better hardware, supports controllers, and has the best exclusives in terms of the e-sports scene, and can be upgraded at any time, it will keep PC gaming around for ages. I remember 15 years ago, people thought PC gaming was dying. It's still here and as consoles become more and more like PCs, the separation of consoles and PCs as we know them will not exist anymore
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    Very true. Being able to customize your own machine I feel has its distinct advantages that consoles more than likely won't have due to the proprietary nature.
  • Landon Sommer
    Columnist
    Agreed. PC gaming may change it's face a little, but it will still hang around. It supports a game style that just doesn't work well on a console. Grand strategy and city builders are not something I would want to play on a console. That being said, most of those games above, I would prefer a controller for.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    I'm not huge into controllers these days myself..but I have small hands and the keyboard is just easier. lol
  • XboxOneAddictive
    Impressive amounts of investments, however all of these are great games so something like this was expected..
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    A good foundation is always an excellent place to start.

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