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WoW Down to 7.6 Million Subscribers
Blizzard had their Q1 2014 earnings call today, announcing that WoW is down to 7.6 million subscribers. This is down 200k from the Q4 2013 call that listed WoW at 7.8 million subscribers.


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  1. Keile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Koji2k11 View Post
    wildstar is going to take some subs away from blizuuuuurd
    And the majority of those will come RIGHT back.
    History has shown time and time again that is the trend with new MMO's.
  1. Callace's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sydänyö View Post
    WoW will end when Blizzard pulls the plug. It will never go down under a million players.
    "Never" and "forever" aren't real. But it will be a long time.
  1. notorious98's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kniff808 View Post
    Looks like after Arthas died, WoW began doing the same thing.
    Two contradicting comments to respond with here.

    #1 WoW gained subs prior to Cataclysm, but long after many had already killed Arthas.
    #2 It's not that big of a surprise. There was an article during WotLK that talked about how a poll was conducted and many people stated that once they'd killed the Lich King, they were done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koji2k11 View Post
    wildstar is going to take some subs away from blizuuuuurd
    We'll see, but I doubt it. Some people will like it and others will not. Personally, I played for 5 minutes before I couldn't do it anymore. The first set of quests felt entirely too WoWish and I didn't care for it. I thought the combat was new and interesting, but I couldn't get passed the initial questing.
  1. cabyio's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Osmeric View Post
    I remember in previous expansions we had much better nostalgia. People just can't do nostalgia right anymore. It makes me long for the old days.
    Ha. Yo dawg I hear you like nostalgia.
  1. mikencarly's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Koji2k11 View Post
    wildstar is going to take some subs away from blizuuuuurd
    Maybe for you but for me d3 ros will replace wow for now atleat wod is so so for me not sure if i want it or not yet.
  1. nekobaka's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Keile View Post
    And the majority of those will come RIGHT back.
    History has shown time and time again that is the trend with new MMO's.
    While I cant compare it to other games, WoW does have a lot of turn over with over 100million people who have or do play WoW leaving about 7% retention rate over 10 years. Where are those 93million? Just because someone left WoW for another game and then end up not liking it doesnt mean they come back to WoW.
  1. bregtann's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by brothernads View Post
    Eh, Q1 had boosts and presales. Q2 & Q3 will be where the real drop happens, once SoO gets stale for the returning and boosted people.
    Q2 will see beta, and Q3 will see 6.0 though. Especially the pre-patch 6.0 will boost interest a lot.
  1. Pancaspe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by nekobaka View Post
    While I cant compare it to other games, WoW does have a lot of turn over with over 100million people who have or do play WoW leaving about 7% retention rate over 10 years. Where are those 93million? Just because someone left WoW for another game and then end up not liking it doesnt mean they come back to WoW.
    Blizzard has told us that 33 Million people have played WOW. I have not seen a number from Blizzard bigger than that.
  1. Shamanessa's Avatar
    I can't read one of these posts about lost subscribers without having to quell the urge to yell, "THE SKY IS FALLING!"

    Yes, they lost some subs, probably because Wildstar goes into open beta tomorrow, as soon as they announce that release date people will start trickling back and come launch day? *BOOYAH*
  1. bbr's Avatar
    It'd be nice to have "expansion released" marked on this timeline.
  1. LaughterJones's Avatar
    Who know who is really dying, nay, dead? Vanguard! The original "WoW Killer" is done operating their servers in July.

    I'm not celebrating its death, nor do I celebrate WoW losing subs. If I had the time, I'd play again, as would other friends I know. Hope it continues for much, much longer.
  1. MajesticCrawdad's Avatar
    That's interesting. WoW has not had that few subs since ~late 2006, when those numbers were on the rise instead of falling. Hopefully WoD brings some big things to the table to renew interest.
  1. kazso's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Monknessa View Post
    Yes, they lost some subs, probably because Wildstar goes into open beta tomorrow
    How does THAT affect the Q1 results?
  1. SodiumChloride's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Monknessa View Post
    I can't read one of these posts about lost subscribers without having to quell the urge to yell, "THE SKY IS FALLING!"

    Yes, they lost some subs, probably because Wildstar goes into open beta tomorrow, as soon as they announce that release date people will start trickling back and come launch day? *BOOYAH*
    "BOOYAH" indeed at 7 million <<<<< 12 million.

    At most we see a spike to 8 million +, then in 3 months, back to 7 million +.

    Not sure where is "next expansion will save WoW optimism" is coming from. Not to mention, WoD looks to be the least feature pack expansion yet.
  1. KClovesGaming's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MajesticCrawdad View Post
    That's interesting. WoW has not had that few subs since ~late 2006, when those numbers were on the rise instead of falling. Hopefully WoD brings some big things to the table to renew interest.
    It's still amazing that it took almost 8 years to get to that point though. Crazy.
  1. SodiumChloride's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pancaspe View Post
    Blizzard has told us that 33 Million people have played WOW. I have not seen a number from Blizzard bigger than that.
    http://www.polygon.com/2014/1/28/535...ounts-lifetime
  1. Raven's Avatar
    I really don´t understand all the people that goes OMG wow is dying, hope Wow lose subs and all that.

    Sure i do understand people get tired, bored and just wants to move on too new games, but the good thing then is just quit the game and move on too another game, why do wow have to die just becouse you don´t like it anymore ? are you so addicted that you can´t leave a game for another without the game forcing you to leave.

    But what ever games you like if its Wildstar, Rift, Swtor, Eso or any of the other really good games Wow going good is actually good for you too even if you don´t play Wow,
    becouse it forces all the other company´s to keep coming up with new cool stuff to try and steal people from Wow.
  1. Crysthalica's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SodiumChloride View Post
    That includes trial accounts though...
  1. Sephrie's Avatar
    People need to embrace one thing. WoW is OLD and the subs WILL drop, no matter what Blizzard does. The game is still great and probably better than it was in vanilla/TBC. Yes, unpopular opinion, but that's how I view it. Even though I had more fun in TBC, just because the game was a new thing to me. The game is good enough to be able to sustain itself for a LOOOOOOOONG time. I'd give it at least 10 more years before subs drop low enough for Blizz to pull the plug. People need to stop being such doomsayers and enjoy the game (or quit it, they are free to :P).
  1. Salech's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Strychnine View Post
    But it is F2P. Regardless of anything else that can be purchased and whether it is, you have the option to play the game and not pay monthly. That's typically the biggest turn off for people.

    As for the server transfer, there's nothing keeping you from getting some honor and justice points together, getting some heirlooms and sending them to a new toon on another server(xrealm mail has been working a few months now). Takes no time to level anymore, so there is a free option to that. Plus toys and stuff will me account wide. Mounts and stuff already are, almost no reason to matter leveling new stuff now.
    If you think GW2 is free to play you are mistaken completely, Buy to play is what it is and it has a less intrusive and annoying cash shop than WoW or free to play games, you BUY the game to PLAY it, it's like saying Diablo 3 is a F2P game.

    Yeah i guess i have to change server like that, sucks for "my" character but yeah.

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