Friday, March 2, 2007

Top Ten MMOs (according to Xfire Stats)

Xfire, a free specialized IM client for hardcore games, is now releasing daily stats on their users' playing habits. Since they have an install base of over 6 million hardcore gamers, it's likely that it's a pretty accurate representative sample of the online hardcore gaming community.

Right now, the top ten MMOs in average hours played (you'll notice that more than half the list are Asian MMOs. It's easy to tell because you've never heard of them.):

1. World of Warcraft (Shocking!)
2. Guild Wars
3. Silk Road Online
4. MapleStory
5. EVE Online
6. Lineage II
7. Flyff
8. Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
9. Kal Online
10. RF Online

I was surprised not to see Ragnarok Online on the list, but looking over at Daily Hours Played per Person, it's ranked #3. Weird.

As indicated above, half of the games listed are Asian MMOs. Obviously, Xfire must have a large install base in Asia. However, I'm sure the "massive" popularity of online games in Asia contributes as well.