2020-05: The Biggest MMOs

It’s May and we’re publishing our official list of the biggest MMOs in the world.

For more details please check the MMO Activity List.

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Final Fantasy XIV: Stable Population

Final Fantasy XIV is a success story in MMO active player counts – a stable, reliable population of players. This is very unusual. Compared to something like WoW which can fluctuate by 10x near releases, FF XIV stays relatively stable as seen below.

Final Fantasy XIV is the most stable top MMO on MMO Populations, and commands a healthy player base:

We estimate that 1,809,102 people play per day, with a total player base of 19,043,182 as of April 2020.

This means a strong recommendation from us to play FF XIV. If you’d like to learn more, check the MMO Population FFXIV page.

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WoW Classic vs Retail: What’s bigger?

Now that WoW Classic has been out for a while – which game is being played more, and by how much?

Classic’s Stats

WoW Classic player numbers show a total population estimate of 22.8 million with a daily player number (in April) of just over 1.5 million gamers.

WoW Retail’s (Live) Stats

WoW retail player numbers show us a total player estimation of 80 million, far higher than classic but that’s to be expected. The more interesting number is the daily players at 2.31 million (in April).


While both sets of numbers are estimations, classic is far closer to retail than you may have imagined in terms of active players. This is during the BFA nightmare, but also a long time after classics release.

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2020-04: The Biggest MMOs

It’s April and we’re publishing our official list of the biggest MMOs in the world.

  • World of Warcraft is rank 1 in the world with 2.25M active players and 78.87M total subscribers.
  • Old School RuneScape is rank 2 in the world with 2.16M active players and 25.26M total subscribers.
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn is rank 3 in the world with 1.59M active players and 18.63M total subscribers.
  • RuneScape is rank 4 in the world with 779.18K active players and 11.72M total subscribers.
  • Black Desert Online is rank 5 in the world with 721.29K active players and 8.44M total subscribers.

For more details please check the MMO Activity List.

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How to choose a new MMO?

Picking a new MMO to try solo or with friends can be difficult. It’s actually how MMO Populations was born!

Fortunately, you’re at the right place. There are 3 metrics we recommend when looking at a new MMO:

  1. Total player base
  2. Activity percentage
  3. Growth

Total Player Base

When looking for a new MMO considering how many people are playing it is important. It might close down, or more likely, just be empty and boring. MMOs simply are more fun with others.

The MMO Population List is great for this. It will give you an estimate of the number of active players each MMO has. You can go into a given MMO to see the total subscriber base estimation as well.

Activity Percentage

Activity Percentage is a GREAT metric for gauging an MMOs popularity and quality. It estimates what percentage of the games players are active in the game. This shows excitement, interest and more!

Have a look at our MMO Activity List.


Possibly the biggest factor in eliminating an MMO from your list, growth speaks to if the community is growing at a healthy pace.

Every MMO on the site has a growth rating once you go in, but you can also look at the MMO Growth List.

Our Recommendations

These are the 5 games we recommend checking out:

If you’re looking for friends to play with, head over to the community Team Up section!

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Relaunching MMO Populations

Welcome to the new MMO Populations! After 5 years we have reskinned the site and added a bunch of new functionality.

We’re also trying to build a community now, of people who love MMOs instead of people who love complaining about MMOs, which to be honest is how a lot of the community forums feel.

That’s also seen the introduction of the blog, a place for news on MMOs and news on the site.

Feel free to comment here or on the forum with any feedback 🙂

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