Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Digital Dozen: 29 October 2013

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 27 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 43.4 15,302-3.6
22Guild Wars 215.35,411-10.1
33Final Fantasy XIV10.23,607-4.3
44Star Wars: The Old Republic9.73,409-1.4
55EVE Online5.31,869+15.4
87Lord of the Rings Online2.5864-22.6
9--APB: Reloaded1.9657+16.9
109Planetside 21.8631-5.4
1110Infestation: Survivor Stories1.7609-4.4
Total Digital Dozen Hours: 35,263

Sunday saw the 5th decline in time the Xfire community has spent playing MMORPGs over the past 6 weeks.  Games experiencing the biggest declines were Guild Wars 2 (-606 hours) and World of Warcraft (-573 hours) while APB: Reloaded (+16.9%), RIFT (+15.8%), and EVE Online (+15.4%) experienced the largest percentage increases in playtime.  Overall, the genre experienced a 3.3% decline in the time the Xfire community spent playing the 12 most popular games.

And Then There Were Three - After 90 weeks in The Digital Dozen, Aion fell off the list after experiencing a 15.7% decline in play on Sunday.  The game had seemed in good shape but following the end of the month-long celebration of its 4th anniversary the numbers started to plummet.  Aion was one of four games that had stayed continuously in the rankings since the first Digital Dozen list was published.  The only three games remaining that can make that claim are World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and EVE Online.

Also Dropping Off The List - Aion was not the only game that fell out of The Digital Dozen for the first time.  Cryptic's Neverwinter also fell off the list for the first time since launch.  The game managed to stay on the list for 24 weeks.

Celebrating Steam - RIFT experienced a 15.8% increase in playtime Sunday as Trion ran a promotion to celebrate the game's return to Steam.  From 25 October to 1 November all players receive 20% boosts to all XP and currency earned plus 160% XP potions and raid 1 rings are available in the cash shop.


  1. Speaking of promotions, Steam and Amazon both ran sales for Eve this week which may be partly responsible for this weeks bump.

  2. I didn't check the historical data, but it seems like it's been a long time since WoW has been this dominant compared to the next highest competitor.