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World of Warcraft lost another 300,000 Subscribers last quarter, Patch 4.3 this year
Activision Blizzard latest earning call revealed that World of Warcraft lost another 300,000 subscribers last quarter, following the loss of 600k subscribers announced last quarter.

In this conference call we also learned that:


  • The next patch will include "major raid and dungeon content", we can most likely expect a raid and a 5-man from Patch 4.3
  • Patch 4.3 will be the "largest content update since Cataclysm"
  • It will be released later this year, which means that we can probably expect a PTR soon.

It's also worth noting that despite the loss of players, Mike Morhaime pointed out that the new trial system resulted in an increase in new account creations. For more details on the earning call, go check the coverage on sites such as Venturebeat or Gamasutra.


BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket Now On Sale
The Blizzcon virtual ticket is now available, it seems that some people already got their Murkablo Companion Pet by buying the ticket early. (See this forum thread. However, this is most likely a bug and pets might be removed very soon.



Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Want to experience the panel discussions, tournaments, game-related announcements, and all the excitement of BlizzCon 2011 from the comfort of your own home? Then be sure to check out the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket!

The BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket is now available for purchase around the world for $39.99 USD (pricing may vary by region). Virtual Ticket coverage will be available as a multi-channel Internet stream and also via Pay Per View on DIRECTV in the United States, granting viewers a front-row seat to all of the action on the show floor including exclusive interviews, demos, and more!

New DIRECTV subscribers in the United States who sign up for DIRECTV service between now and September 25 through www.directv.com/blizzcon will receive this year's BlizzCon Virtual Ticket coverage for free. Existing DIRECTV customers will be able to purchase the event on DIRECTV Pay Per View for $39.99 beginning Monday, October 10. Visit www.directv.com/blizzcon for more info.

DIRECTV customers who order the Pay Per View event through DIRECTV will receive the multi-channel Internet stream at no extra charge, and those who order the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will also receive this year’s to-be-announced BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft and StarCraft II in-game items.

Don't miss out! To learn more about the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, head on over to our official BlizzCon 2011 Live Stream page or read the FAQ.

Cenarion Hatchling Raises More Than $1.9 Million for Japan Earthquake Relief
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of World of Warcraft players around the world who purchased the Cenarion Hatchling pet, we’ve raised a total of more than $1.9 million USD to support the ongoing earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan. In May, we announced that for every Cenarion Hatchling purchased by July 31, 2011, 100% of the $10 USD adoption fee would be going to assist victims of this disaster -- and the community responded by opening up their hearts and wallets wide. Thanks again for your support and for helping to make an impact on the lives of those affected by these events.

To learn more about the Pet Store, please visit the Pet Store FAQ.

Diablo III Beta Profile Update
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The beta test approaches! We’ve just updated our System Check program and would like everyone to update their Battle.net Beta Profile information by running the new one. You should do this regardless of whether there have been hardware changes made to your system.

You can run the new System Check by visiting the Beta Profile settings of your Battle.net account:

https://www.battle.net/account/manag...a-profile.html

I don’t have a Beta Profile
If you haven’t yet created a Beta Profile on your Battle.net account you’ll be presented with two download options, PC and Mac, for our System Check program. Running the program will present you with the Beta Test Opt-In Agreement, and once you agree to that it will immediately query basic computer specification information such as your type of video card, processor, and RAM. Clicking the Send button will then upload the shown information to your account.

On your Beta Profile page, you’ll want to ensure you at least have “Diablo Universe” checked for future testing, if not StarCraft and Warcraft as well. That’s it! You’re now eligible for future beta test opportunities.

I have a Beta Profile
If you’ve previously uploaded your system info you should use the links to download the new System Check program for PC or Mac and update your system info. Run the program, read through the Beta Test Opt-In Agreement that appears, and once you agree to that the program will immediately query your basic computer specification information. Click Send and the program will automatically update your profile with your system specifications. You’ll remain opted in for whichever beta tests you’ve previously selected, and you can change these selections on your Beta Profile page at any time.

Having current system specifications and checking the franchise boxes to express interest in beta testing our future products does not guarantee your entry into the beta test. We will grant a very limited number of people entry from the entire pool of those interested, based on their system specifications and other factors. While having an official Battle.net Beta Profile is one way to potentially get in, we’ll have information on other ways to increase your chances as we draw closer to the beta test.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Lack of Blue Posts / "Where are the Blues?"
The whole team is here today. We're actively reading the forums whenever we can while working on other tasks. :)(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Repair costs too expensive?
Repair costs have always scaled with item level. If anything, I'd say this game has a burden of too much gold out in the economy, rather than too little. 4 deaths in 1 5-player Heroic dungeon run is well above what you should expect as an average, and 100 gold is pretty easy to come by at level 85. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

New Warcraft Fan Art
The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with five new pieces of fan artwork set within the Warcraft universe.




"The Raid" Livestream on August 6th @ 6:00PM PST
Blue Loon Films, the studio behind the upcoming World of Warcraft documentary, The Raid, has announced that the live stream of their film will take place on August 6th.

The Raid follows a guild over the course of a few months and features a host of content including in-game and at-home interviews with the players.

To celebrate the release of the film, TypeFrag will be giving away:


  • 1 desktop PC by Doghouse Systems
  • 5 high-end gaming headsets
  • 25, 25-person Ventrilo servers

The PC features an Intel i5 Quad-Core CPU, Windows 7 64-bit, 1TB HDD, 4GB RAM, 2 NVIDIA GTX 460 PCI-E video cards and more!

The live stream of The Raid will take place on August 6th at 6:00PM (PST) and is brought to you in part by TypeFrag, Gamebreaker.tv and Curse!

This article was originally published in forum thread: WoW Lost 300k Subscribers, Patch 4.3 this year, Blizzcon 2011 Tickets, Blue Posts started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. MrShapatsky's Avatar
    What amazes me more is the fact that there are STILL so many players playing this endless loop of copy paste content that WoW has become. Myself being from the upper tier of humanity (based on income and IQ) i just have to assume that it is the smart ones who are leaving first.
  1. TheEaterofSouls's Avatar
    The funny thing is that people who want to have nothing to do with the game would rather laugh at a sub loss and say things like, "Blizzard are greedy idiots and Wow sucks I hope it dies!" Than just move on with their lives. Some people still like the game. You dont have to encourage negativity. It just causes more trouble.
    (But this is the internet we're dealing with. Things can get very complicated and confusing.) -.-
  1. Oznob's Avatar
    I bet it is tense around the office over in CA at Blizzquaters
  1. Nekovivie's Avatar
    Hopefully they end firelands by around October. don't fancy farming this place for 6 months like with T11.
  1. Kracket's Avatar
    I want my icy northrend back. I hate fire. It's so cliche.
  1. Linkhyrule's Avatar
    Sigh, more of this crap people that arent going to shut up about.
  1. Collected's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chugsftw View Post
    All games loose and gain their player-base from time to time. As new content is released, players are gained. As content gets old, players are lost. World of Wacraft has been the most successful and popular MMO for the past six, almost seven, years. Nothing is going to change that anytime soon, not even Diablo III.
    They'll be hoping Titan changes it. But that won't bother them because they'll still be Blizz P2P customers.
  1. dyzophoria's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrShapatsky View Post
    What amazes me more is the fact that there are STILL so many players playing this endless loop of copy paste content that WoW has become. Myself being from the upper tier of humanity (based on income and IQ) i just have to assume that it is the smart ones who are leaving first.
    lol the upper tier of humanity, im guessing that the now 900k or so who left wow are the ones who came wotlk, when content is more easier than now, the people without any serious guilds, the ones that only raided with pugs. but hey since you are from the upper tier of humanity me and alot of my friends are still here,Im guessing we are not smart at all. so I don't need to explain since we are not worth of your highness ^^
  1. planetchips's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrShapatsky View Post
    What amazes me more is the fact that there are STILL so many players playing this endless loop of copy paste content that WoW has become. Myself being from the upper tier of humanity (based on income and IQ) i just have to assume that it is the smart ones who are leaving first.
    What amazes me are the people who quit, but still hang around like a vulture, as if they have nothing better to do with their pathetic lives except gripe about a past hobby.
  1. Rockmahparty's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrShapatsky View Post
    What amazes me more is the fact that there are STILL so many players playing this endless loop of copy paste content that WoW has become. Myself being from the upper tier of humanity (based on income and IQ) i just have to assume that it is the smart ones who are leaving first.
    Lol. Your shortsighted reaction reveals your lack of IQ. Unless your median has a low standard which makes it easier for you to be the "upper tier".

    Anyway, I wonder what 4.3 will hold for us!
  1. Berkhtar's Avatar
    Release of next patch is close to release of tor by accident... Probably 2 weeks earlier to minimize the loss ob subscribers. Tor is scheduled for christmas business, so end of November... I.e. 3 months of Firelands to go ^^
  1. Jokerpoker's Avatar
    Kinda surprised that they've lost more subs, but hopefully it'll force them to make more and better content
  1. Parhelia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by planetchips View Post
    What amazes me are the people who quit, but still hang around like a vulture, as if they have nothing better to do with their pathetic lives except gripe about a past hobby.
    What a pathetically stupid remark.
    I quit the game because I don't have time to play, but I'm still interested in it. I follow the game news, patches, I watch boss movies etc. I have every right to have an opinion, as does MrShapatsky, whose comment you ridiculed.
    Can you get such a concept through your brain?

    On another note. People need to understand that a casual player is in majority in WoW. It's those casuals who generate the most subscriptions.
    Let's take a look at wowprogress.com. They list about 25,000 guilds that killed normal Shannox. Assuming that guilds that register on that site care about progress, let's call them, for the sake of this post, "hardcore raiders". There are 10 and 25 man guilds, so let's assume 30 raiders per guild. 30 times 25,000 equals 750,000. So, roughly 10,000,000 people aren't raiders. They generate a vast majority of income for Blizzard. It's perfectly obvious that Blizzard has to cater to them first.
  1. Fierae's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by planetchips View Post
    What amazes me are the people who quit, but still hang around like a vulture, as if they have nothing better to do with their pathetic lives except gripe about a past hobby.
    Maybe they enjoyed the game at one point and are hoping it will bring back that same nostalgic feeling they get when recalling past world pvp events, server first ragnaros kills (the first time around), the release of maraudon etc...

    You could argue that people who play the game have nothing else to do with their pathetic lives but play video games all day. But you'd be wrong.

    Why do you feel you have insight into other people's minds as to their reasoning for sticking around?

    I was in beta, I still play every single expansion and the only major raids I missed first time around was 2 wings of naxx in vanilla, sunwell in TBC, the LK fight in wrath and firelands in current content.

    The problem for me is that it gets stale very quickly after release. I think myself and my entire guild lasted about 3 months into cataclysm before leaving. I, personally, am still around because I enjoy playing video games, and WoW among very few is one of the games still around after 6/7 years. I'm just keeping an eye on things to see if there's anything that interests me and if there's anything enticing enough to make me re-subscribe.
  1. shootyadead's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Beyond2 View Post
    It is BLIZZARD'S JOB to provide a game that the players want to play. In my case, as far as the game is concerned, I want to earn my gear in an environment I find fun. READ MY POSTS before you make inflammatory claims.

    WRONG!!! It is not Blizzards job to do anything except provide the game they want. If you like what they are making, then play it. If not, get the fuck out. You're seriously whining about not getting "cool looking" gear from dungeons. Seriously? Here's the deal.....if you want "cool, matching gear" get the fuck into a raid and get it. Oh well you don't like raiding. I don't like pvp, but if I want the gear guess what I do.....I do PVP to get it. Quit bitching about not getting exactly what you want and play the damn game that's given to you.....or not. If not, you will not be missed, I assure you.
  1. Bahska's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Beyond2 View Post
    It makes me happy to see more people leaving the game. As sick and twisted as that sounds, maybe blizzard will wake the fuck up and make tier accessible to non-raiders like it was in WotLK. Or at least give casuals something to do with rewards that aren't recolored rehashed shit, while raiders get all the new shinies. The new quest zone was a joke; I saw the rewards, I saw how little they value their casual players. "Just give em recolored rares, they'll eat it up. toss in a recolored mount too for kicks" No thank you blizzard, my money will go elsewhere. Make your game casual friendly like it was in WotLK and we'll talk about me re-subbing. If it takes another 1,100,000 people to leave to make a round two million, I hope blizzard it will get blizzard to fix their shit. I want to play WoW, but not in an environment where I have no hope for obtaining an armor set unless I'm a hardcore raider.
    You can get 3 pieces of tier and 4 other epics with out stepping into a raid now (Not to mention craftables), sorry you have to work for something this is a game you know you don't pay 15 dollars for blizzard to hand you stuff neither does any other mmo.
    What's the point of having raid gear if you don't raid? You don't need anywhere near full 378 for 5 mans of any type.

    Also you don't have to raid 7 nights a week to get gear most in my guild raid 2 nights a week and are very well geared, just cause your "Casual" doesn't mean you cant raid.
    Sounds like your lazy to me and you want blizzard to hand you everything without any work on your side.

    They give us hand me down raider gear with half the set locked away behind raid end bosses.

    That "Hand me down raid set" is supposed to get you into raiding not make you look pretty while you sit in ORG/SW

    Bottom line is you get the gear based on the amount of effort you put into the game if you only want to play say 5 hours a week then you'll get a amount/quality of gear based on that, if you wanna raid 5 nights a week you'll get gear based on that effort.
    The more effort you put into a game the more rewarded you are that's a rule for any game, not just a blizzard product.
    Blizzard messed up one tier i wrath, if you look back previous tiers you'll know that they did the same thing there doing now hell even in tier 9 (ToC) you needed trophy's from raids to get certain pieces of your set.
  1. Linkhyrule's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrShapatsky View Post
    What amazes me more is the fact that there are STILL so many players playing this endless loop of copy paste content that WoW has become. Myself being from the upper tier of humanity (based on income and IQ) i just have to assume that it is the smart ones who are leaving first.
    Well well. someones acting all high and mighty. Acting like his Sh*t dont stink.
  1. CUBSTER2039's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ranikotar View Post
    inb4 WoW is dieing...


    It's most likely 300k whiny people who can't get exactly what they want the way they want it.

    Edit: I do wonder what's going to be in 4.3 though =O!

    um I think that was kind of rude .Some people leave because they lost a job and cant afford it and others left because they are moving on and others are fed up with the game because it the same thing over.This game been out for more than 5 years and people that play it since the beginning are probably saying nothing really is changing it the same grind over and over and etc.Although some thing have been very good some people don't like the recycle boss like rags in firelands or the revamp of za and zg because it being recycle and blizzard not coming out with newer stuff instead they rehashing old lore and bring old lore back and trying to make it current lore and saying this is why he back etc.
  1. reve's Avatar
    Makes me wonder how releasing Cata in China factors into the equation... But we can assume that if 900k people were paying 15 bucks a month then Blizz gets $13.500.000 less each month. And that sure as hell is noticeable considering they really can't make any cuts or anything now (closing up realms would be just giving up).

    On topic of "the biggest content update" - I wouldn't get too aroused by this, IMO it just means content similiar 4.1 + 4.2 but it will come out together. So easily raid with 7 bosses and 2 revamped dungeons and yay, there is your biggest content update... And later this year could very well be late autumn or xmas... Kinda sad, ain't it?

    And don't say the game is old. It was old couple months before releasing Cata too and yet people were still here. Community got used to easy raids and 5mans, nonraiders suddenly became raiders and people could easily pug and raid on their gazilion alts etc. And Blizz took that away, even made it so 10&25 share the same lockout so people now leave. I don't comment on it, just stating facts.
  1. Meera's Avatar
    Dear friends,How is it supposed this game could be more interesting for everyone. Well, it's their fault the game cannot be updated every month. That's all. They do content which is done by the end of the week, so easily that many people doesn't have for doing later. In the earlier days of WoW, aside from having 5 dungeons, you had lots of stuff out there keeping you on the move. Reputations, world drops, farming mats, finding new rare recipes, long quest chains.This is all Blizzard fault, they're killing themselves by doing leveling so fast like a fart, quests shorter and so described using the tools that no one has even have to think what to do, there's also reputations that doesn't offer anything more worth than T1 content and raising to Exalted is now kids game.What do you want from a game who ripped out all the character progression to the point of an arcade game?Tell me.

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