Poised to take over China’s CrossFire which held the throne last year, League of Legends is now the top worldwide earner for 2014 (Jan to Sep) in the MMO category. The final annual numbers have yet to be calculated since there are still 2 months to go, but League of Legends is looking strong.
China’s Tencent should be the big winner, since the company has major investments in the developers of League of Legends and CrossFire. The China server for Dungeon Fighter Online, under Tencent, probably contributed tons to its third place position. Nexon and NCsoft are the usual suspects here.
Hearthstone makes its debut on the list, which is awesome given the game started out as an “indie” title which the company experimented internally with a handful of people. According to reports, World of Tanks monetizes much better on a smaller user base (lesser people paid more money).