Highlights of the gaming world in 2014

Highlights of the gaming world in 2014

Bigger was better in the gaming world this year. Here's a look back at the battles and budgets that mattered


E-sport events like the League of Legends were popular.
E-sport events like the League of Legends were popular.
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Biggest Kickstarted game 

Wasteland 2, developed by inXile Entertainment, raised almost US$3 million in funding on Kickstarter back in 2012. It was finally released in September this year. 

The game is an RPG set in a post-nuclear, apocalyptic world. It is a sequel to the original Wasteland, which was released in 1988 and went on to become the inspiration for the successful Fallout series.

Biggest viewership 

E-sport hit the big time in 2014. Riot Games ran the League of Legends World Championship in October, attracting a peak of 11.2 million viewers online. League of Legends is one of the most played games in the world, with around 27 million daily players. Alongside Valve's Dota 2, the free-to-play Moba (multiplayer online battle arena) is known for having a highly competitive professional gaming circuit.

It was a great year for Pokemon!

Biggest sales

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire on the 3DS, developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo, sold more than five million units. That makes the latest instalment of the popular Pokemon series the best-selling console game of the year, not bad as it was only released last month.

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire beat other giants, including Call of Duty: Advanced WarfareSuper Smash BrothersDestiny and  GTA:V.

Biggest fight

The Battle (or Bloodbath) of B-R5RB in Eve Online. This space simulation massively multiplayer online role-playing game is known for its dedicated fans. In January, 75 titans and other assorted ships were destroyed in a massive online battle with more than 7,500 participants. The damage caused by the battle was estimated at 11 trillion isk, which translates to around US$300,000 in real-world money. 

Biggest budget

Destiny, developed by Bungie and published by Activision, became the most expensive game of all time. This first-person shooter from the studio known for the Halo series was released in September. It was praised for its graphics and gameplay, but criticised for its lack of plot. It wasn't quite the perfect game people were hoping for.

Biggest buyout 

Popular sandbox building game Minecraft was snapped up by Microsoft for US$2.5 billion in November. Co-creator Markus "Notch" Persson said he sold up as he didn't enjoy being in the spotlight. "It's not about the money," he said. "It's about my sanity."


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