|Rank||Prev Week||Game||Score||Hours Played|
|1||1||World of Warcraft||53.8||61,225|
|2||2||Star Wars: The Old Republic||11.2||12,733|
|8||7||Lord of the Rings Online||2.8||3,186|
|10||10||Need For Speed World||1.9||2,105|
|12||11||Star Trek Online||1.5||1,934|
The number of hours spent playing MMORPGs by the Xfire community decreased by 4.3% compared to the previous Sunday. This difference is entirely accounted for in the decrease in hours played by the top for games in The Digital Dozen: World of Warcraft (-4.3%), Star Wars: The Old Republic (-18%), Tear (-11.7%) and Aion (-4.8%). Maple Story vaulted back into the list with an impressive 29% gain in hours played powered by the celebrations surrounding the 7-year anniversary of the game. Congratulations to Nexon.
The Shadow of Diablo 3: With the launch of Diablo 3 today I expect to see a large decrease in the number of hours played in MMORPGs next week. With the over 1 million people who signed up for the World of Warcraft annual pass who receive Diablo 3 for free, that is 10% of the WoW player base who have already indicated they will play Diablo 3. Can we expect to see a 10% decrease in hours played in WoW next week?
The Hulkageddon Effect - Week 2: I received a pleasant surprise when I downloaded the average daily numbers for Eve Online's Tranquility server from Eve Offline last night. The numbers were up-to-date. Up until now there had been a one-week lag before the numbers appeared.
The start point for the comparison between the Xfire data and the actual average daily number of players online was 29 April. 6 May saw both the Xfire and actual numbers increase, although the Xfire numbers only increased 0.9% while the average number of players logged in increased by 2.6%. This past weekend, the trends in the Xfire and Eve Offline numbers disagreed for the first time since 8 April when Xfire experienced a technical problem. The Xfire numbers when up 3.2% while the average number of players online decreased by 3.1%.
What does that say about the Xfire community? Are they a bunch of gankers participating in Hulkageddon V with reckless abandon? That very well could be. I'll be interested to see the numbers next week.