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All About the FFXIV Census

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By | January 28th, 2020 | Categories: FFXIV, Others

The FFXIV Census is a fan-made-and-run site that tracks the population of the game. From a total count to more specific categories, it’s all you need for your FFXIV player count and population statistics. So let’s explore the census, shall we?

What can you learn from the FFXIV Census?

The census’ population count categories include gender, class, server, and Grand Company populations. More than those, it also counts how many minions were redeemed while also taking note of their type. Then there’s the number of preorders as well as those who bought which physical objects related to the game. This census is focused on the numbers, more than demographics such as age.

Going through the history of their censuses, you’ll be able to see the growth of the game as well. They have data from July 2016. That was a little over a year from the release of the Heavensward expansion. It’s about three-and-a-half years of data gathering for your perusal.

All of the data is presented in charts and graphs, which makes for an easy understanding of the data. The site is a comprehensive list of numbers for any mathematical or data gathering aficionado.

What is the most populated server in FFXIV 2019?

For the total server population by region, it’s Malboro for America, Tonberry for Japan, and Lich for Europe. However, if you look at active users, the most populated servers are different. For America, it became Gilgamesh while it’s Ragnarok for Europe. Japan stays the same. The highest total server population is Europe’s Lich, with 133,747 players.

These are the servers where you can expect an easier time finding players to fill in spots in the party.

How accurate is the FFXIV Census?

As with everything on the internet, you should take things with a grain of salt. Since this project is fan-made, they don’t have access to all the resources needed to get the exact numbers. Then there’s also the fact that their criterion for active players is slightly problematic. That criterion is whether or not the character had claimed the rewarded minion for a scenario quest.

It’s problematic for two reasons. First, new players will have to reach that point before being labeled as ‘active’. Even if they play every day before the census, they won’t be labeled as active. The second is what if players past that point stopped playing or took a break? They’d still be counted even if they stopped playing for a while.

You can argue that those two points even things out, but we’re asking the question of accuracy. Can you really call that accurate, even if the numbers are correct?

Even though it’s not 100% accurate, you can’t discount the information the site gathers. When you’re only looking for superficial information, the FFXIV Census will do. Official population counts don’t get leaked to the general public.

Nobody’s stopping you from trying your hand at counting yourself, but who wants to count when they can play the game instead? Have fun and see you in Eorzea!

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