Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Digital Dozen: 17 September 2013

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 15 September 2013.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

Rank Prev Week Game ScoreHours Played +/- %
11World of Warcraft 40.4 17,172+24.2
23Guild Wars 215.96,756-7.9
32Final Fantasy XIV15.26,469-20.3
44Star Wars: The Old Republic7.23,073-4.8
66EVE Online4.11,752-5.0
811Lord of the Rings Online2.1882+9.7
99Planetside 22.0870-2.1
1110Need For Speed World1.6694-15.1
Total Digital Dozen Hours: 42,517

As the temperature starts to drop gamers are slowly returning to their computers.  For the third week in a row the amount of time the Xfire community spent playing the 12 most popular MMORPGs rose.  The 1.4% increase in time spent playing games Sunday was led by World of Warcraft (+24.2%).  The gains were almost offset by declines in Runescap (-27.1%), Final Fantasy XIV (-20.3%) and Need For Speed World (-15.1%).

Under Siege - While some are reporting that World of Warcraft has seen a 54% decrease in revenue in the past 7 months, the Xfire community has welcomed Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar with open arms.  Sunday's 24.2% rise in playtime shows the continuing interest in WoW when new content is on hand.

When Up Means Down - In some good news for Square Enix, the Xfire community spent 20.3% less hours logged into Final Fantasy XIV than the week before.  Why is that good news?  Because that indicates that players are confident enough in the game's server stability and login process that they have started to actually log out at night.  The decrease in playtime was driven mainly by a drop from 8 hours down to 7.1 hours spent logged in per person.  Square Enix is so confident that they resumed digital sales yesterday.  With the store open again I would expect another increase in playtime for FFXIV.

1 comment:

  1. How are you calculating the play hours of TERA? I've been looking at the X-Fire list and it has that game on 3 separate charts with different numbers:

    TERA: The Exiled Realm of Arborea has numbers that generally put it between SWTOR and Aion, then you have

    TERA: Rising which is generally counted under EVE and then

    Tera Online which is under LOtRO.

    Are you calculating those three as one? Seems those are accounts which were activated in those respective times and continue to play in X-Fire under those account titles even though it's the exact same game.