China’s Ten Most Popular PC Games (June 2013)
In March, we took a look at China’s ten most popular PC games (judging by which games were the most played at the country’s internet cafes), and now that a few months have passed, it’s time to take another look and see what, if anything, has changed. Here are this China’s top ten PC games for the month of June (via QQ Games):
- League of Legends. The DOTA-style competitive online game that has been immensely popular worldwide.
- DNF (also called Dungeon & Fighter, Dungeon Fighter Online, etc.). A Korean-developed (Neople) beat-’em-up game that’s pretty old (released back in 2005) but still very popular in China.
- CrossFire. China’s version of Counter-Strike (a tactical first-person shooter), another oldie-but-goodie that was actually developed by Korean devs SmileGate and released in 2007.
- QQ Speed. A 2008 racer developed and released by — no big surprise here — Tencent Games.
- QQ X5* (QQ炫舞). A casual dance game also first released by Tencent in 2008.
- Dream of the Three Kingdoms (梦三国). A fantasy battle game developed by Hangzhou-based Electric Soul and released in 2009.
- AgainstWar (逆战). A Tencent-developed online first-person shooter first released in 2011.
- NBA2KOL. As you can probably guess, this is an online basketball game developed by 2K Sports.
- Fantasy Journey to the West. A fantasy RPG developed by Netease and first released all the way back in 2003.
- Counter-Strike Online. The original tactical first-person shooter, popular around the world and still played in China too. Developed by Valve and Nexon, originally released in 2008.
So have there been big changes? Definitely not. Attentive readers will notice that while some games have shifted positions — Counterstrike, for example, is losing popularity, and League of Legends is gaining it — these are all the same games that we saw on the list in March. And given how old some of them are, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise. China’s gamers are apparently creatures of habit, and breaking into the top ten is very, very hard.
*This game has an alternate versions that also made the top ten list on QQ Games’s site, but since they’re just two different versions of the same game, I’ve left the alternate version out of my own list.