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KZero Galaxy Q1 2012
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Announcing the KZero RPG Galaxy chart

We’ve been slogging away at this for a while, so now we’re delighted to announce the first publication of what we’re calling the RPG Galaxy chart. Anyone who’s ever asked us ‘Where is World of Warcraft?’ now knows where to look!

The Role Playing Games (RPG) Galaxy chart is similar in style to the Virtual Worlds Universe chart (see what we did there ;) ) and shows total cumulative registered accounts for:

  • MMORPG: Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game
  • FPS: First Person Shooter
  • ARTS: Action Real Time Strategy
  • MOBA: Multiplayer Online Battle Arena
  • MOR: Multiplayer Online Racing

As usual with the first iteration of these types of charts, it’s extremely important to point out that these are very much work-in-progress and contain estimates. These charts will be published on a quarterly basis and will improve (in terms of accuracy) over time. We’ll also be adding in new games with each edition.

High res versions of the chart can be ordered here and here’s the Slideshare version. Shown below is the segment showing games with an estimated average age between 20 and 25.

In this age range, fr0m a MMORPG perspective Dragons Nest leads the pack with 100m cumulative registered accounts with Dofus in second place with 55m.

The other juggernaut in this segment is a QQ Speed, an online racing game with 100m registered accounts.

From a ARTS point of view Travian is a major player with 80 registered accounts.

Moving onto the next age range of 25 to 30…

We estimate World of Warcraft to have 90m cumulative registered users and therefore the largest RPG in this age group. Ragnarok Online and Perfect World tie in second place with 50m.

More updates to follow!

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But where is World of Warcraft?

‘But where is World of Warcraft?’ is something we get asked a lot.

Of course, this is a reference to the Universe chart, our virtually famous visualisation tool for the virtual world and MMO sectors. The Universe chart focusses mainly on social worlds as opposed to roleplay-driven 3D environments.

However, as we know, the lines are increasingly blurred between these categories. So, often people see the Universe chart and assume World of Warcraft would be included because of the high levels of brand awareness and generalist classification view that it’s a virtual world. But, to date we’ve steered away from role-play worlds and therefore the older demographics playing these games in massive numbers.

We’re delighted to announce that we’re putting the finishing touches to the RPG Galaxy chart. This chart (and segments) will show cumulative registered accounts for the following game types:

  • MMORPG: Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game
  • FPS: First Person Shooter
  • ARTS: Action Real Time Strategy
  • MOBA: Multiplayer Online Battle Arena
  • MOR: Multiplayer Online Racing

Each game/world is shown in terms of account totals and the average player age. If you’ve not seen the Universe chart before, here’s some background:

  • We show cumulative registered accounts and not active users or subscriptions. The latter two are in most cases sensitive data and companies are understandably reluctant to publish or provide the numbers (unless they’re chest-beating)
  • We strive to obtain data directly from the companies or from approved press releases / articles
  • In some cases we estimate the account totals
  • The charts are updated quarterly
The RPG Galaxy chart will include over 50 games, such as Runescape, Drift City, League of Legends, Blackshot, Crazyracing Kartrider, Maple Story, Star Wars (Old Republic and Clone War Adventures), QQ Speed, Travian, Dragon Nest, Tribal Wars , Lord of the Rings online and of course World of Warcraft.
We’ll be providing updates on the RPG Galaxy chart via our Facebook page.