What is The Internet Playing? The 5 Most Popular Games Played On The Internet

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Gaming is a tough platform to get onto. With thousands of games to play, in hundreds of variations, how in the world can you tell which game will garner you the largest possible reach? Today we’re going to break down the 5 most consistently played games for both Let’s Plays and streaming platforms.

5. Minecraft

You’d think this gaming giant would be higher up on the list, but it’s still relatively a newcomer to the world of gaming content. With the inclusion of mods, and new content like the creation of children’s TV programming within and alongside the game, Minecraft has remained steadfastly popular. The game has a soothing quality that makes it calming to consume, while maintaining a level of unpredictability with monsters like the Creeper lurking just around the corner.

4. Starcraft 2

Starcraft 2 is the choice game for professional competitions, particularly overseas. The strategy game is enthralling, not only for those who are playing, but for those who are watching as well. The 2010 game is still going strong 5 years after release, and competitions that have awarded over $11 million dollars to players around the world. The largest prize pool of $250,000 was offered back in 2012 at the World Championship Series, an annual event that recently wrapped up with 2015 run in Cologne, Germany.

3. Hearthstone

Hearthstone easily the newest game on this list; however, unlike Minecraft and yet much like Starcraft, it inspires genius competition, all while soothing players with some smooth tavern music. Hearthstone’s in-game events keeps players on their toes, as deadlier deck combinations are created by some of the brilliant minds out there. This lends itself to some of the most brutal game play seen in years from a card game. One minute you can be up, and with the draw of a single card, face absolute devastation.

2. DOTA 2

Considered to be the ultimate competition game, DOTA 2’s tournaments have spanned the globe and offered some of the largest prize pools ever seen in the face of eSports. The International 2014 event saw a pool of over $10 million dollars split between players and the prize pool for this year is even larger, already breaking that bank at over $13 million.

1. Counter-Strike

Counter-Strike is the FPS to beat all FPS’s. The first iteration of the game launched as a Half-Life mod that nearly hijacked the franchise until Valve released its own standalone of the game in 2000. Going strong for 16 years, there are gamers who’ve never known a world where CS didn’t exist. The current iteration of the game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive consistently sits at the top of Twitch’s most streamed list, and likely so will every iteration after.

Honorable Mentions: League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, DayZ, 5 Nights at Freddy’s, Halo, Destiny, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto

Think we missed something? Tell us about some of your favorite games to play online in the comments down below!