More Than 800,000 Subscribers Leave World Of Warcraft During Past 3 Months

Written by Stuart Thomas on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 11:30 AM
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Activision Blizzard released its World of Warcraft subscription numbers last night, revealing that its long running MMORPG is bleeding subscribers, losing more than 800,000 since March 31st.

The total number of subscribers now stands at a not-inconsiderable 6.8 million, down from 7.6 million three months ago. This isn’t just a recent occurrence though, with subscriber numbers steadily falling since its 2010 peak of 12 million. Blizzard has downplayed these figures, claiming these numbers will take a massive hike when the Warlords of Draenor expansion arrives later this year.

While World of Warcraft has dropped to nearly half its peak number of players, Blizzard head honcho Mike Morhaime thinks things will pick up when the decade-old RPG’s fifth expansion arrives later this year.

"As expected, we did see a decline in subscribers, which mostly came out of the east,” said Morhaime. “This pattern is right in line, percentage-wise, with the drops that we saw at Cataclysm's cycle in Q2 2012. That drop in 2012 was followed by an uptick in subscribers just ahead of Mists of Pandaria's launch. So we're hoping to see players return once we draw closer to the release of Warlords of Draenor later this year."

While the crushing early days of WoW may be a thing of the past, Blizzard’s 2004 hit is still bringing in the bucks, raking in around $100 million in subscriptions every month and, although the subscriber count is down, revenue is actually up. Exact figures weren't released, but much of the increase presumably came from World of Warcraft’s in-game store, where exclusive mounts and other cosmetics can be bought.

Of course WoW hasn’t been Activision Blizzard’s only success, with the publishing announcing Diablo 3 has now sold more than 20 million copies, putting it into the top 25 bestselling video games of all time, with a PS4 and Xbox One release just around the corner. Are you one of the many fleeing World of Warcraft? Will the Warlords of Draenor expansion revitalise it once more? Raid the comments section and let us know what you think!

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20:15 Aug-07-2014

They need to let this game die. Its been going for years and it shows they are running out of steam. Wow had a good run but it needs to end. Focus on new projects, like a Warcraft 4 or a new IP. Think about heading into the future.

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15:20 Aug-07-2014

Now that reminds me of the days when they say'd there will be no warcraft "now now" It's time for that game to rest in a place so dark that no one can see it :) SINCE YOU KNOW THATS WHAT **** GAMES DESERVE how did theymanage to keep it live

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00:54 Aug-07-2014

Haven't play this game in years. Same old, same old. Impressed how many subscribers it still has though.

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22:42 Aug-06-2014

People ran out of money....

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19:52 Aug-06-2014

Ten years is one hell of an accomplishment. I think this next expansion should be their last. The game is starting to show its age.

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10:58 Aug-07-2014

when i played the alpha they said it shall last about 10 years and it did and sure man was fun while it lasted and still has some parts than one can enjoy but srsly enough is enough

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19:26 Aug-06-2014

Woot! claps hands
Let it shrivel up and die already!

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15:23 Aug-06-2014

never saw this crap as a game...y game play y graphics ****y story...warcraft 3 is much better...and on top of that you have to pay alot to get a crapy game .... and move on please we are in 2015 the new generation

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11:02 Aug-07-2014

I thought we were in 2014?

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15:06 Aug-06-2014

WoW is now dead to me, I had great memories playing WoW with my friends and this game was fun but all the updates and removing stuff from this game maked the game not fun anymore. For hunter, you can't have ranged and melee at the same time and other features was removed from the game which maked it not fun anymore.

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14:00 Aug-06-2014

Stopped pay for WoW about 3 years ago. to much missed content in my eyes, all those lvl 60 70 and then 80 raids being worthless to do which is sad because they are the so much fun.

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13:36 Aug-06-2014

WoW, cant wait to get back to it! I just hope it never ends... i have good memories of WoW.
And well if people cant pay, just play once in a while, no need to keep paying every month if you dont feel like playing.
People are different, if they dont like something theres nothing to be done... Monthly subscription sure is a pain, but 10 bucks every while isnt that much at all. I love Outland so...

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13:37 Aug-06-2014

lets see how things will go

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13:15 Aug-06-2014

Start working on Warcraft 4 please!

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13:24 Aug-06-2014

immagine all wow addons as a Warcraft game, could be done technically and would had been more loved by the crowd :| (dem haters -.-)

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13:46 Aug-08-2014

I would certainly play it, Warcraft is the game that hooked me into strategy games, and i think it is the first game i have ever played, that or NFS Underground 2.

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13:09 Aug-06-2014

WoW had an amazing run, but people are finally starting to move on.

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12:35 Aug-06-2014

I never played WoW. I always knew Warcraft as a strategy game, when they changed it, that is where i pulled a line, and i am still waiting for Warcraft 4.

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12:35 Aug-06-2014

I never had a problem with WOW or people who pay to play it. I have never played it, as I never agreed with paying a monthly fee, I'd rather spend that money on beer.
But for those that play it, I say leave them to it and let them be.

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12:06 Aug-06-2014

Never played it because of the subscription fee but I hope that this keeps spreading and makes all subscription based MMO's change to F2P or P2P, like TES:O

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12:12 Aug-06-2014

well server are frickin expensive game masters developers all these ppl want to be paid and if you have enough budget you can hire enough Teso has crappy servers in eu since it only had them in the US

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12:03 Aug-06-2014

some ppl are proud they never played it ? why was the urge so big u hardly could not resist ? nothing to be proud of ... stop looking down on ppl who paid for the service. Sure its monthly money but it was worth it while it lasted

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12:05 Aug-06-2014

also i dont get why ppl hate it ... you are whats wrong with the world, if you dont like something ok stay away from it, if you are to poor to pay it well sucks to be you

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12:36 Aug-06-2014

I did exactly as u said...stayed away from it, damn glad i did.

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13:27 Aug-06-2014

eats your time and soul this game lol easy to get lost in it but i cant stand ppl who hate it because you actually pay for something ... they say some people pay rent to life in buildings, 13 € to have a scnd life aint much

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12:02 Aug-06-2014

Never Knew why someone would pay to play this crap, good riddance anyway !

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11:52 Aug-06-2014

I can say with head held high,NOT EVEN TOUCHED WoW...

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11:10 Aug-07-2014

You've missed a lot...

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11:39 Aug-06-2014

I can proudly say that i have never even touched WoW :)

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11:37 Aug-06-2014

good! good! RIP WoW!!!

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