Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Digital Dozen: 17 December 2013

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

Rank Prev Week Game ScoreHours Played +/- %
11World of Warcraft 46.8 15,025+0.7
22Guild Wars 213.04,174+2.1
33Star Wars: The Old Republic9.02,896-7.3
44Final Fantasy XIV5.51,762-4.9
55EVE Online4.81,546+0.5
99Lord of the Rings Online2.9940+0.2
1112Maple Story2.5787+15.6
12--Infestation: Survival Stories1.8593+11.3
Total Digital Dozen Hours: 32,021

Sunday saw a slight decrease in the amount of time the Xfire community spent playing its most popular MMORPGs.  The 0.9% decline was led by a 228 hour decline in the time spent playing Star Wars: The Old Republic while Neverwinter led the pack with a 149 hour gain in popularity.  Infestation: Survival Stories is making its first appearance in three weeks while Planetside 2 dropped off the list this week for the first time since July.

Pre-Patch Blues? - This week Planetside 2 fell out of the Digital Dozen for the first time in 20 weeks.  But I don't expect the absence to last longer than a week.  The second patch in Operation: Make Faster Game launches today.  The response to the first step of OMFG was positive, with the Xfire community spending 20.8% more time playing PS2 the first Sunday after the patch went live.

Rolling Along - Over the past few months the trend after a game has experienced an expansion or major patch, the Xfire community has played the game for a week and then the playtime falls.  But two games, Neverwinter and Maple Story, are bucking the trend.  Both experienced 15+% gains in playtime this week and have seen steadily increasing playtime since 24 November.  The only other game on the Digital Dozen that can make that claim is World of Warcraft, which has experienced increases in play in five of the six weeks since BlizzCon was held on 8-9 November.


  1. 2013-02-05 Total MMORPG hours played Sunday: 93,647 EVE@3,533 hours
    2013-07-23 Total Digital Dozen Hours: 37,025 EVE@2,150 hours
    2013-12-17 Total Digital Dozen Hours: 32,021 EVE@1,546 hours

    Can I conclude from this the Xfire community lost a lot of members in 2013?

    1. Yes you can. Xfire changed its format for showing data so I am no longer able to provide the total time Xfire members spent playing MMORPGs. When the numbers were still available, the games on the list would make up around 75% of the total time played. So assuming the figure still holds true, that would mean a total MMORPG hours played of around 43,000 hours on Sunday.