The statistic presents the worldwide most-played PC games on the online gaming platform Raptr in November 2015, by share of total time played. According to Raptr's blog, 4.82 percent of all time spent gaming on their platform in November 2015 was dedicated to playing World of Warcraft. In the fourth quarter of 2014, World of Warcraft gained more than 10 million subscribers, mostly owing to 'Warlords of Draenor' expansion release in November 2014. Data shows that WoW was also the second best selling PC game worldwide as of December 2015.
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Over half a billion people worldwide play video and computer games on a daily basis, cumulating some three billion hours of video games played per week around the globe. The integration of PC and console games through online gaming platforms such as Raptr and Steam has enhanced the gaming experience by allowing players to track their playing statistics and communicate with fellow gamers in-game as well as outside of games. Almost half of all teens in the United States have text-chatted with other players while playing online games.
Two of the leading computer game companies include Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts, Inc., which respectively hold 19.5 and 18.4 percent of the video game market in the United States and European Union. Blizzard Entertainment, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, has produced the best-selling Diablo, Warcraft, and Starcraft franchises. In fact, “World of Warcraft” is one of the most played MMORPG games and has maintained its position for years. EA has published numerous hits such as The Sims franchise, “Star Wars: The Old Republic,” and entire series of sports games through their subsidiary EA Sports, including the annually-released NCAA Football series. Games from these publishers tend to crowd the top ten lists of popular online games, but the indie sandbox game Minecraft has steadily claimed a title as one of the most popular computer games available. Despite having entered into the gaming world without the backing of a publisher and having never spent money on advertising, Minecraft has now sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Strategy games, such as Starcraft and Civilization, were among the best-selling computer games in 2013, while action games were the best-selling genre of games for video consoles.