They said: “For the first time today I have noticed that LoR has overtaken Hearthstone in the UK iOS app store charts. In the card game category, yesterday Hearthstone was 73 and LoR was 74. Today LoR is 73 and Hearthstone is 96. I assume this is something to do with the success of Arcane.”
In the UK iOS charts, League of Legends card game Legends of Runeterra (LoR) is currently more popular than rival card game Hearthstone. Legends of Runeterra is currently 88th and Hearthstone is 92nd, in the top free card game chart in the UK, at the time of writing. In the Legends of Runeterra subreddit, the change was pointed out by Reddit user Purpleworrior.
On the Android Google Play app list in Great Britain, however, Hearthstone is currently two places above Legends of Runeterra, near the bottom of the list of card apps.
Elsewhere, looking at Riot Games’ other app store titles, League of Legends mobile game Wild Rift is currently 28th and auto battler TFT is 73rd in the strategy game iOS chart, with Clash Royale sitting at the No.1 spot.
Hearthstone is Blizzard Entertainment’s long-running digital card game – first launched in March 2014 – which is based on its well-known World of Warcraft franchise. Blizzard is owned by Activision Blizzard, which has been embroiled in a series of harassment scandals and controversies this year.
Apple and Google haven’t said how they calculate search rankings, however it’s believed that the app stores track several metrics including review ratings, number of downloads and uninstalls, usage stats and more.
Riot Games and League of Legends have enjoyed a resurgence over the past few months, with a string of announcements and developments.
Arcane, the League of Legends animated series, launched on Netflix earlier this month, bringing the League of Legends universe to new audiences, and Riot had a major marketing push for the series, with LoL Jinx crossovers in Fortnite, Arcane storefronts in London and around the world, and more.
Riot also launched new standalone turn-based RPG title Ruined King: A League of Legends Story on PS4, PS5, Xbox One/Series X/S, Switch and PC, as well as announcing new titles Song of Nunu and Convergence, and providing an update on its ‘Project L’ League of Legends fighting game. It’s also working on a League of Legends MMO. Legends of Runeterra launched on PC and mobile devices back in April 2020. We first interviewed LoR game designer Steve Rubin about the title back in October 2019.