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The Most Popular Online Game in Your State

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Online gaming is popular. But you already knew that, or you probably wouldn’t be reading this article in the first place. The question now is which online games are most popular.

Most Popular Online Game In Your State

Numbers of actual players of each game in each state can be hard to come by. The game makers themselves certainly have that data, but they, for obvious reasons, hold their cards pretty close to their chest. Even if game makers do publish their active user data, it’s rarely available on the state level, and it should generally be taken with a grain of salt. So rather than soliciting actual active user data from each game maker, we decided to take a different approach.

To determine the most popular online game in each state, we looked at five years of Google search data. We considered dozens of today’s most talked-about games—from popular console games like FIFA and Call of Duty to widely played PC games like DOTA and Overwatch. Two clear winners emerged from our analysis: League of Legends and World of Warcraft. In a survey of Google Trends data, LoL and WoW performed better on a state level than competitors from most* genres and platforms.

*One exception: Minecraft simply crushes all competition in search volume and would have made our map much less interesting. We could—and perhaps should—do an entire post on why and where Minecraft is so popular, but we chose to remove it from consideration this time because it seems like a genre outlier.

Interesting observations from the data

  • Our overall winner map looks an awful lot like a recent electoral map. It seems that LoL, like the Democrats, has a stronger foothold in urban areas, where WoW seems to be popular in heavily Republican and more rural states. Make of that what you will, as long as you don’t make much of it.
  • Many of the games we looked at enjoy abnormally high popularity in states like Utah, Idaho, Alaska, and West Virginia—all states with lower population density.
  • Depending on the day, Kansas teeters back and forth from being an LoL state to being a WoW state. A true online battleground state.

World of Warcraft vs. League of Legends 

Here’s a look at how WoW and LoL have battled for US dominance over the last five years.

Quick note about how to interpret these maps: Google Trends calculates the popularity of a search term as a fraction of total searches in a geographic area. Translation: while there certainly aren’t more people in Alaska searching for WoW than in California, WoW queries do make up a higher percentage of overall search queries in Alaska. Hover over your state to see how it stacks up.

POPULARITY OF WORLD OF WARCRAFT BY STATE

POPULARITY OF LEAGUE OF LEGENDS BY STATE

A look at other popular online games

A list of the top ten states for each of today’s widely played online games.

TOP 10 OVERWATCH STATES

  1. Alaska
  2. Idaho
  3. Nevada
  4. California
  5. Utah
  6. Washington
  7. Hawaii
  8. New Jersey
  9. Arizona
  10. Montana

TOP 10 DOTA 2 STATES

  1. California
  2. Washington
  3. Alaska
  4. Oregon
  5. Utah
  6. Vermont
  7. North Dakota
  8. Hawaii
  9. Maryland
  10. New Hampshire

TOP 10 COUNTER-STRIKE STATES

  1. California
  2. Nevada
  3. New Jersey
  4. Hawaii
  5. Alaska
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Connecticut
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Washington
  10. Vermont

TOP 10 STARCRAFT 2 STATES

  1. Utah
  2. Idaho
  3. Alaska
  4. Washington
  5. Wyoming
  6. Montana
  7. California
  8. North Dakota
  9. Hawaii
  10. South Dakota

TOP 10 FALLOUT 4 STATES

  1. Alaska
  2. West Virginia
  3. Montana
  4. Wyoming
  5. Idaho
  6. Arkansas
  7. North Dakota
  8. South Dakota
  9. Maine
  10. Iowa

TOP 10 HEROES OF THE STORM STATES

  1. Utah
  2. Alaska
  3. Idaho
  4. Nevada
  5. Washington
  6. California
  7. Arizona
  8. Hawaii
  9. Oregon
  10. West Virginia

TOP 10 DIABLO STATES

  1. Utah
  2. Alaska
  3. Arkansas
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Idaho
  6. Maine
  7. Montana
  8. Washington
  9. Wyoming
  10. West Virginia

TOP 10 SMITE STATES

  1. West Virginia
  2. Nevada
  3. Idaho
  4. Alaska
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Indiana
  7. Arkansas
  8. North Dakota
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Kentucky

TOP 10 HALO STATES

  1. Alaska
  2. Utah
  3. New Mexico
  4. Idaho
  5. Wyoming
  6. Montana
  7. South Dakota
  8. North Dakota
  9. Washington
  10. Arizona

TOP 10 BATTLEFIELD STATES

  1. Montana
  2. West Virginia
  3. Alaska
  4. Wyoming
  5. North Dakota
  6. Idaho
  7. South Dakota
  8. Maine
  9. Arkansas
  10. Iowa

TOP 10 WORLD OF TANKS STATES

  1. Alaska
  2. Wyoming
  3. Idaho
  4. South Dakota
  5. West Virginia
  6. North Dakota
  7. Montana
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Maine
  10. Vermont

TOP 10 HEARTHSTONE STATES

  1. Vermont
  2. California
  3. Alaska
  4. Hawaii
  5. Washington
  6. Maine
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Nevada
  9. Utah
  10. Rhode Island

TOP 10 FIFA STATES

  1. New Jersey
  2. Connecticut
  3. Oregon
  4. Vermont
  5. Delaware
  6. Maryland
  7. Virginia
  8. Rhode Island
  9. New York
  10. California

TOP 10 MADDEN NFL STATES

  1. North Dakota
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Delaware
  4. Iowa
  5. West Virginia
  6. Maryland
  7. South Dakota
  8. Rhode Island
  9. New Jersey
  10. Pennsylvania

TOP 10 GEARS OF WAR STATES

  1. West Virginia
  2. Wyoming
  3. Nevada
  4. Idaho
  5. North Dakota
  6. Alaska
  7. Indiana
  8. Arkansas
  9. New Mexico
  10. Delaware

TOP 10 DESTINY STATES

  1. Alaska
  2. Wyoming
  3. North Dakota
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Utah
  6. Washington
  7. Idaho
  8. Hawaii
  9. Kentucky
  10. West Virginia

TOP 10 NBA 2K SERIES STATES

  1. New Jersey
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Maryland
  4. Alabama
  5. Kentucky
  6. Delaware
  7. New York
  8. Connecticut
  9. Mississippi
  10. Ohio

TOP 10 BATTLEFIELD STATES

  1. Montana
  2. West Virginia
  3. Alaska
  4. Wyoming
  5. North Dakota
  6. Idaho
  7. South Dakota
  8. Maine
  9. Arkansas
  10. Iowa