The statistics, gathered using Xfire's application, reports that during the month of September, World of Warcraft players who use Xfire played 18% less than the previous month. This isn't the only other MMO hit by this decline in played time either; second-place Guild Wars dropped 13 percent, while third-place Silkroad Online fell a staggering 27 percent.
gamesindustry.biz is speculating that this isn't a "Doomb and Gloom" situation stirring; it's simply the facts of life. Summer is over and everyone is going back to college, which means less time to play. Statistics backing this up involve the top ten FPS games played on Xfire, which all dropped across the board.
One of the likely main reasons for the drop is the end of the summer holidays for schools and colleges across Europe and the US.
Other key MMO titles remained relatively static, with MapleStory, Flyff and Eve Online taking fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively. Lord of the Rings Online remained in eighth place.
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