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WoW Down to 7.1 Million Subscribers
Blizzard had their Q1 2015 earnings call today, announcing that WoW is down to 7.1 million subscribers at the end of Q1 2015. This is down 2.9 million from the Q4 2014 call that listed WoW at 10 million subscribers. This appears to be the largest drop in subscriber count in the history of the game.

  • Tokens are not included in this timeframe, as they launched in Q2.
  • World of Warcraft’s revenue performance at constant FX has been more stable, driven by continued strong uptake on value added services, and price increases in select regions, which partially offset subscriber declines, particularly in the East.
  • Heroes of the Storm had over 11 million beta sign-ups.
  • Hearthstone is now at 30 million players, up from 25 million last quarter.

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Patch 6.2 PTR Notes Update - May 6
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
General Changes

Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
Garrison Buildings
  • Mine
    • Mineral nodes should now only be displayed on the mini-map when a character is inside the mine. Characters with Track Minerals active will continue to see mineral nodes from outside the Mine.

Raids and Dungeons
Raids
  • Bonus Roll Changes
    • Seal of Tempered Fate can now be purchased from the Fate-Twisters for gold and no longer has a cap on how many can be obtained per week. Additionally, characters can now hold up to a maximum of 20 Seals of Tempered Fate (up from 10).

Classes

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Blood
  • Mastery: Blood Shield's Physical damage absorption shield from Death Strike now also counts as having an active mitigation effect active.
Talents
  • Breath of Sindragosa now costs 20 Runic Power per second for Blood Death Knights.

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
General
  • Tranquilizing Shot has switched functionality with Glyph of Tranquilizing Shot. Tranquilizing Shot no longer costs Focus but has a 10-second cooldown.
Glyphs
  • Glyph of Tranquilizing Shot has switched functionality with Tranquilizing Shot. Glyph of Tranquilizing Shot causes Tranquilizing Shot to cost 40 Focus instead of a 10-second cooldown.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Flameglow now absorbs up to a maximum of 20% damage from each attack (down from 30%).
Armor Sets
  • Tier-17 2-piece set bonus for Fire Mages has been redesigned. It now reduces the cooldown of Inferno Blast by 2 seconds.

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
General
  • Cloak of Shadows now has a 90-second cooldown (up from 60 seconds).

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Armor Sets
  • Tier 17 4-piece set bonus for Restoration Shaman now reduces the mana cost of Chain Heal by 50% for 8 seconds (down from 75% reduction for 10 seconds).

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Armor Sets
  • PvP 4-piece set bonus for Destruction Warlocks has been redesigned. It now causes Incinerate to deal 25% more damage on targets affected by the Warlock's Immolate.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Armor Sets
  • Tier-17 4-piece set bonus for Arms Warrior has been redesigned. It now reduces the cost of Mortal Strike by 5 Rage.
This article was originally published in forum thread: WoW Down to 7.1 Million Subscribers started by chaud View original post
Comments 1309 Comments
  1. Iflash's Avatar
    Remember when WoW dropped 1.3mil subs and people went crazy? This makes it seem like that was nothing. 3mil, damn. Basically 1 in 3 players quit.
  1. mickybrighteyes's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by amzraptor View Post
    I personally left coz of no flying mount...yep I am that silly.
    almost did the same... then I realized goblin gliders were for everyone and made sure to keep about.... 3 stacks on hand at all times. stuff like that should have been in the game like, what, YEARS ago. fun consumables for everyone to use!
  1. Cougar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Iflash View Post
    Remember when WoW dropped 1.3mil subs and people went crazy? This makes it seem like that was nothing. 3mil, damn. Basically 1 in 3 players quit.
    Good. Get those filthy casuals off of my servers.
  1. Fruitbat's Avatar
    Serves them fucking right for complaining "We don't have the resources!", "Would cost a raid tier!" then they go add a selfie cam patch. They probably lost another million since march.
  1. Farora's Avatar
    Garrishons, the true Wow killer.
  1. Whyevernot's Avatar
    No surprise. People were super hyped for wod, so influx of new/old subs was higher usual, people then realised that the game was still the same, so the people who subbed 'just' for the wod hype left which probablly accounts for most of the lost subs, then you have the pretty usual drop of subs.
  1. Shadee's Avatar
    I love all the white knights trying to say that the tokens are the cause of the massive sub loss.
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Frostyfire14 View Post
    Publishing any expansion is a gamble. I think the Garrison experience was great - BUT - they revolved the game around one plot of land. The whole game, around one plot of land. Everything that is in Draenor stems from the Garrison. Which is an awful, awful model. Here's to hoping better content / new expansion comes quickly....
    Seriously, that is what I think to. I originally loved the idea of Garrisons and follower missions because I thought they were going to be an add-on to gameplay, similar to how I liked pet battles.. But this is different.. Garrisions ARE the expansion.. there is very little else to do and the entire system feels so gated and maintainency.. there is nothing dynamic about it.. The game is just so controlled right now.. everything is so micromanaged to the point there it is predictable and plotable, which takes away any feeling of adventure.
  1. Naztrak's Avatar
    Maybe now they will start actually caring about the war part of WARcraft and stop with this selfi and facebook bullshit.
    lol jk pvp is dead and cremated
  1. Mandrace's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cougar View Post
    Good. Get those filthy casuals off of my servers.
    I really hope you're joking because if not, I think you need some serious mental help.
  1. Dawon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cougar View Post
    Good. Get those filthy casuals off of my servers.
    Without those "casuals", you will not have your WOW... game will die due to lack of funding when the 50000 epeen hardcore elite ppl are the only ones paying!
  1. Cougar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fruitbat View Post
    Serves them fucking right for complaining "We don't have the resources!", "Would cost a raid tier!" then they go add a selfie cam patch. They probably lost another million since march.
    I'm sure that it took considerable resources to add that selfie cam. Clearly we lost an entire raid tier to put a selfie cam into the game.

    Do you actually think about what you're typing, or do you just arbitrarily spew out whatever spills out of your brain?
  1. Sainur's Avatar
    Terrible expansion, expected and well deserved.

    If anyone still plays this game every day doing the same Garrison shite, I offer you my condolences.
  1. Wildtree's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Iflash View Post
    Remember when WoW dropped 1.3mil subs and people went crazy? This makes it seem like that was nothing. 3mil, damn. Basically 1 in 3 players quit.
    Depends on how you look at it.....
    The sub numbers have been in a steady decline, up until shortly before WoD, pretty much with the pre-expansion patch all the way down to 6.8 mio.
    Then there was a huge (and unexpected) hike up to 10 mio. Now it's falling back down into the old trend with still and for now being 0.3 mio above the all time low.
  1. bryroo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Iflash View Post
    Remember when WoW dropped 1.3mil subs and people went crazy? This makes it seem like that was nothing. 3mil, damn. Basically 1 in 3 players quit.
    Good riddance! Filthy casuals! *buys token so someone else can purchase things with cash*
  1. mickybrighteyes's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Naztrak View Post
    Maybe now they will start actually caring about the war part of WARcraft and stop with this selfi and facebook bullshit.
    lol jk pvp is dead and cremated
    not even cremated... it got flipped into a ditch on some island somewhere. maybe some critters nibbled at it.
  1. Cougar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mandrace View Post
    I really hope you're joking because if not, I think you need some serious mental help.
    Half-joking. If you wanted a more 'normal' response, I would say that I don't really care if 1/3rd of the player base stopped playing because it doesn't negatively affect my own personal game experience.
  1. Sanguiris's Avatar
    Guess they'll have to use the last trick they have for next xpac. otherwise it'll drop even more.
  1. urieliszcze's Avatar
    Excellent result. With the trend continuing Blizzard might even stop sucking gently on elitists' dicks and pull their head out of the arse.
  1. Dionysius's Avatar
    Bring back wotlk raid model without 4 different difficulties. Only 10 and 25 man
    Bring back mid-fight hard modes .. More big red firefighter buttons!
    Bring back flying... My drakes r getting rusty

    Ditch garrisons... All we do is hide in them while an mmorpg is about doing stuff with others (yes you too are hiding in your garrison!)
    Ditch LFR sestpool system

    The WoD questing was the best storywise in 10 years! I really enjoyed questing... But after the questing the boredom kicked in really fast.
    The ultimate evil is the burning legion... Please point us in that direction for once and for all! A revamped alternate timeline archimonde wont do it for me sadly... I want sargeras himself :-) and I think he should have been the final goal at L100...

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