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    Question How many active players does WoW have?

    As I’ve recently been chastising the subscription model for its desire to make more money than it actually earns, I came to wondering how many people actually play subscription based games. It’s notoriously difficult to work out, when you think about it.

    World of Warcraft currently sits at around 10 million subscriptions, while Star Wars: The Old Republic is sat at approximately 1.7 million. These numbers are typically meaningful to those constructing arguments around them (subjective use of the numbers, of course), but it doesn’t say how many people are actually playing the game.

    Recently, Chaud’s been posting numerical analyses on the front page of the site and one number recently quoted was 5.8 million level 85 characters. Now that’s characters we’re talking about, not accounts – even more, it’s not ACTIVE characters, but merely toons that have dinged the level cap at some point during Cataclysm.

    Of course, we also don’t know how accurate the number is or even where it’s drawn from. It’s almost meaningless, really.

    But this is an online discussion forum! The home of subjective opinion passed as fact! I think we can make the number meaningful, so long as we forget logic for a bit.

    I reckon World of Warcraft has no more than 3 million active players.

    My belief is based on the 5.8 million toons at level 85, checked against those who play with multiple level-cap toons on their account (or multiple accounts), and also accounting for those who dinged their toons to 85 shortly after Cataclysm and have since quit. In fact, I think 3 million is optimistic. Obviously, I’m not taking Asia into account because I don’t know how that was factored into Chaud’s number.

    Applying similar theories to Star Wars, I guess there are no more than a million active players right now but without the number of level 50 toons, that’s a pure guess. At least my Azerothian number is based on something.

    So how about you? How many people do you think are actively playing WoW or SW:TOR?
    Quote Originally Posted by Fencers View Post
    Well, it is possible for people, many people actually, to not think very highly of World of Warcraft. Those self same people may even consider other games in the genre superior due to their own subjective qualifiers. Qualifiers which are just as valid as the subjective qualifiers of those whom believe World of Warcraft is a "23 out of 10".

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    Don't they base the amount of people playing a game on the current amount of subs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thylacine View Post

    Of course, we also don’t know how accurate the number is or even where it’s drawn from. It’s almost meaningless, really.

    But this is an online discussion forum! The home of subjective opinion passed as fact! I think we can make the number meaningful, so long as we forget logic for a bit.

    I reckon World of Warcraft has no more than 3 million active players.
    Without the actual numbers ANY guess is meaningless. Also, how do you define Active Players? For example, on Tuesdays during a patch cycle with a full server reset, one could make the argument that WOW has ZERO active players. I for example, have on level 85 toon and maybe login and play once a month. I pay for the account. I play less than frequently, but I would consider myself an active player. I also suspect that most people are not stupid and leave an auto bill pay on their WOW account for months at a time without 1) logging in or 2) realizing it and stopping the charges. I would probably consider anyone that logs in during a payment term an active player -- making the number more than likely MUCH higher than you would postulate.

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    I think a good estimate is the amount of sales Mists will generate. Physical and Digital combined. Should give a rough estimate at least.

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