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Player subscriptions for World of Warcraft has dropped to 9.1 million worldwide, Activision Blizzard announced today. Last quarter, total subscribers were at 10.2 million. It's not all bad for Blizzard, however. Diablo III has sold more than 10 million copies since launch. 1.2 million of those came from the World of Warcraft Annual Pass.
The upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria, launches September 25, 2012.
Now the question is whether it's dropping because they're all distracted with Diablo, because times are tight and people are cutting back, or because some of those people are actually displeased with the game...
That's still a lot of subscribers.
That is still a lot of subscribers. Even is only that is $10 USD/month for each subscriber, that is $92M each month. Every year? That comes in to over a billion dollars a year in gross profit.
With no content injections since Dragon Soul, it's not surprising. That's over a year of nothing, most people to taper off during the end of expansions once they've exhausted the content and mastered the gear treadmill.
Quickly, find The Sword of a Thousand Truths! It is the only thing that can save the realm from a Panda invasion!
Ouch. Not that I should pity any company who can still claim 9 million+ subscribers, I guess.
Surprising, but that's still a ton of subscribers.
8 Months of DS, I wonder why theres such a drop?
Sadly this article doesn't take into account the amount of users that are daily dropping off from the D3 servers. Never played WOW so I won't bash it, but D3 was a game that is coasting on the flames of its predecessors.
Hasn't everyone in the whole freaking world played World of Warcraft except for me? People will still be playing this thing until Star Trek holodecks come out, in which case, there'll still be incoming World of Warcraft expansions.
it was coming
I think Mists of Pandaria will help bring the numbers up higher. I don't really hear people talk about WoW that much but it's probably the people I talk to.
This game was good.. but really didn't like not playing for a month during the summer and then coming back and finding out all my pvp gear had suddenly become worthless. The problem is they are constantly changing and taking a break from the game became detrimental to being able to accomplish anything.
This seems to be a pandemic. Is it a sign of the times with all the free to play RPG's out there?
Bust out the calculator and multiply 10 million by 15. One month and your set for a lifetime as a company. Dear lord that's a ton of cash.