Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Digital Dozen: 31 July 2012

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 29 July 2012.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

Rank Prev Week Game ScoreHours Played
11World of Warcraft 57.5 54,307
23Star Wars: The Old Republic8.68,160
44The Secret World4.55,016
56Eve Online4.23,949
67Metin 23.63,395
78Lord of the Rings Online3.33,106
89APB: Reloaded3.12,950
9NRGuild Wars2.62,452
10NRNeed For Speed World2.52,390
1112Star Trek Online2.42,252
1211Maple Story2.22,102
Total MMORPG hours played Sunday: 128,083
As expected following the Guild Wars 2 beta weekend, Sunday saw the amount of time spent playing MMORPGs by the Xfire community drop 12.3%.   The three games benefiting most from the returning traffic in percentage terms were Guild Wars (+219.7%), APB: Reloaded (+31.1%) and Need For Speed World (+28.6%).  The gains allowed Guild Wars and Need For Speed World to re-enter The Digital Dozen.  The big loser last week was The Secret World wich saw a decline of 15.1%.

Fighting the trend:  The Secret World saw a 15.1% decrease in playtime Sunday despite the fact that Guild Wars 2 is no longer running betas.  I attribute this to the fact that the free 30-days of playtime for purchasing the game expires for those who played at launch on Thursday.  This drop-off occurred for both Star Wars: The Old Republic and Tera.  Funcom is fighting the trend with the release of TSW's first content patch today followed by a first month celebration weekend from 3 August to 7 August.

A big fall:  Speaking of Tera, the game has fallen out of the Digital Dozen less than three months after launch.  Since its high point on 6 May, the game has seen a 78% decline in hours played by the Xfire community.


  1. Drat, Entropia is not on there? I'd have thought it's rather popular as well...but maybe not.

  2. Hey, i love your analysis', and since i was bored i decided to have a poke at the historical data.

    Now, to get an easier overview of the data, i decided to make some graphs out of the data, and i noticed something interesting when looking at the DD scores: Wow have barely lost any market share at all, in fact the exact opposite have happened: the DD score has gone up from 52,7, to a current of 57,5, one of the alltime highs.

    Anyway, just thought it was interesting. (I can send you the excel file with the graphs if you want, they could be interesting to have in the posts, so you can get a view of, not just how it is now, but also how it was

  3. All this proves is that WoW players are more likely to use that worthless Xfire than other game players.