Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Digital Dozen: 19 June 2012

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 17 June 2012.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

Rank Prev Week Game ScoreHours Played
11World of Warcraft 55.6 48,910
23Star Wars: The Old Republic9.48,294
46Eve Online5.04,422
67Lord of the Rings Online3.83,309
79Metin 23.63,129
88APB: Reloaded3.12,711
910Need For Speed World2.42,094
T1011Maple Story1.91,642
T10NRThe Secret World (Beta)1.91,642
1212Star Trek Online1.81,619
Total MMORPG hours played Sunday:126,056
The number of hours played in MMORPGs by the Xfire community declined 4.9% over the previous week, more than wiping out last week's gains.  The big gainers for the week were Need For Speed World (+22.3%), Star Trek Online (+19.7%) and Star Wars: The Old Republic (+13.1%).  The big loser for the week was Tera (-14.8%).

The Beta Effect:  Once again betas are having an effect on The Digital Dozen.  While Guild Wars 2 dropped off the list, a new game, The Secret World, held a public beta and tied for 10th in the rankings Sunday.  The Secret World's performance was better than that of any of the Tera beta weekends, as Tera did not crack the list until the early bird weekend.

Server Merge Fever:  Last week finally saw the introduction of free server transfers for players of Star Wars: The Old Republic.  While this week's gain of 13.1% of hours played by the Xfire community may only represent a bouncing back from players lost to the Guild Wars 2 beta, the encouraging fact for Bioware is that the players apparently came back.  In fact, the number of hours played is up slightly compared to 27 May, or three weeks previous.  For SW:TOR, which seems to lose player interest no matter what, that is a posivite development.

1 comment:

  1. Just curious, as I am usually only interested in Eve, I actually do find these numbers interesting. I'm curious as to how many users Xfire has, to compare to the numbers above.

    I've never used it or know too much about it, just trying to judge the relevancy of these gaming numbers above compared to the total number of world wide players not on Xfire, like myself.

    /Most definitely enjoy the blog!