NPD: Turbine’s DDO is the third most played MMO

Friday, 14th May 2010 16:44 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


NPD has released its annual survey results for online gaming, and according to the 19K people who participated in it, DDO Unlimited was the third most played MMO out there.

World of Warcraft still holds the number one spot, with Runescape still in second, but thanks to the free-to-play model implemented in DDO last fall, the third place title knocked Guild Wars out of the spot it held for two years.

Wow players make up 30 percent of MMO players, Runescape 10 percent, and DDO 7 percent of those surveyed.

The survey also found that WoW players are looking at different games. This year, 13 percent of former players went to Runescape, 11 percent to DDO, and 9 percent to Guild Wars.

It was also revealed that the standard subscription model is less popular now and days. During 2008, monthly subscriptions the preference of 30 percent of players surveyed, but that number dropped to 18 percent this year. The free-to-play and microtransactions method is climbing in popularity,  but the current favorite sub model is the lifetime subscription, of course, at 22 percent.

Females seem to be holding steady as MMO players at 32 percent, yet male players still dominate the genre at 68 percent. The average age of the MMO player was also found to be between 25-34 years of age, and each player spent, on average, 20 or more hours a week playing online.

All interesting stuff, there.

You can read the full thing over on Massively.



  1. Droid

    I’m always amazed by how WoW always does so well in the ratings. I don’t know anyone who plays it any more. Maybe there are too many people who no longer play, but forget to cancel their subscriptions or something. Or more likely, people with multiple accounts, pumping up the figures I suppose.

    Oh and by the stats here, it doesn’t show any he-she’s or she-males playing mmos at all, surely this is an obvious omission! :D

    #1 5 years ago
  2. KKDragonLord

    WoW in first is no surprise but 13% players went to runescape instead of DDO? Why would they, that thing stinks, i guess word of mouth is truly all-powerful in the MMO scene

    #2 5 years ago
  3. SilkVG

    I assume DDO unlimited is nowhere near as high as it could be thanks to them snubbing us smelly EU players?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Hunam

    I was playing it on the US servers here in the UK, some people claim that they cut non-us folks off but i’ve never seen that actually happen.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight


    Yeah 11.5 million people just forgot to cancel their sub *rolls eyes* No infact My wife, multiple coworkers, good group of my friends play and I myself play. Been playing since release along with those that I stated. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean, it doesn’t exist.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    And most people I know come and go in and out of wow. Seems no matter how long someone stops they always come back. Myself included. And my wife, and both of my kids. And our friends, and…you get the idea.

    Wow is wow, socialy speaking its the best MMORPG out there.

    #6 5 years ago

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