Recently Blizzard CM Drazta mentioned
(in Spanish) that WoWProgress Population data is "incredibly inaccurate"
I would like to comment and provide more info about how we calculate WoW population.
Players asked question about population of RP realm Los Errantes
(according to our data
this realm has only about 1000 PvE players).
Drazta's answer was
: "This is a lie, Los Errantes has more population than any PvP realm"
This is our definition of Population:
Population - amount of unique players that meet any of the two conditions:
- has a level 90 character that killed something in Tier 16 Normal
- has a level 90 character in a guild that killed something in Tier 16 Normal
So basically we count all high level members of guilds that killed at least one boss in Tier 16 content.
It's reasonable that there are about 1000 players on the realm that has only 22 guilds in Tier 16 rankings
, averaging 45 unique players per guild.
Now you can say that there are much more players, because not everyone likes raiding and many raiders only do LFR and Flex difficulty.
Yes, this is true, especially for RP realms such as Los Errantes. On RP realms there are more players that interested in Role Playing rather than organized raiding.
Now imagine you are a player that interested in PvE Progression and you're given data about full WoW population (we don't have such data, but imagine Blizzard gave it to you).
There you see that Los Errantes is high populated realm, you transfer there looking for PvE guild. And you find that there is only 1 guild that killed Garrosh Normal!
Now that would be incredible misleading!
WoWProgress is a website that's focused on PvE Progression and we provide you data that is relevant for PvE players.