Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Digital Dozen: 12 August 2014

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 10 August 2014.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

RankPrev WeekGameScoreHours Played+/- %
11World of Warcraft43.36,720+9.1
22Guild Wars 214.32,220-7.6
33Star Wars: The Old Republic9.71,501+10.4
45Final Fantasy XIV5.9918+15.2
54EVE Online4.5691-19.0
1012Elder Scrolls Online3.0472+72.9
1110Lord of the Rings Online2.3360-23.4
12--APB: Reloaded1.7 262+26.6
Total Digital Dozen Hours: 15,505

Sunday witnessed a small uptick in the time Xfire members spent playing their favorite MMORPGs.  The 2.9% increase in the hours spent playing these games were led by World of Warcraft (+563 hours) while Guild Wars 2 saw the biggest decline (-183 hours).

A Valorous Weekend - World of Warcraft saw an increase of 9.1% in the time spent by Xfire members in Azeroth.  Over the weekend, Blizzard handed out a buff to players that granted them an increase in the rate of acquiring Valor Points by 100%.  Apparently the offer was popular, at least with the Xfire community.

TOR Is Infectious - Star Wars: The Old Republic saw a spike in activity as Bioware held another Rakghoul Resurgence event.  The event which started on 5 August and ran until today, first ran in 2013.

Is The Third Time The Charm? - Elder Scrolls Online saw Update 3 launch last Tuesday.  The update introduced the dye system as well as improvements in the guild system.  While the percentage increase is inflated due to the decline in the size of the Xfire community, the game did manage to not fall out of the list this week.  I haven't heard any major complaints about this update like I had the other two, so perhaps ESO has hit bottom and will stablize at this point.


  1. Probably more important to WoW was Blizz out banging the nostalgia drum at last, promising old school raids and a Tarren Mill vs. Southshore battleground. Plus there was the whole "date for a date" announcement, raising hopes that Warlords of Draenor might be close to release. (It isn't, but hopes will rise all the same.)

  2. Minor nitpick: actually the first rakghoul event took place in 2012. :)