It will stay above 10 million.
It will go under 10 million.
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Nothing new. 2,7million for first week. 10m player base
Something 'interesting' planned for holidays (no details)
Nothing. no word on pvp. beta stuff
HoS 2013 launch
No news on nextgen MMO. Confirmed Blizzcon 2013
next-gen hardware: wont divulge next-gen hardware development for unannounced MMO and how they will affect existing acti-blizz products
next-gen console: wont talk how Wii U and new consoles will change game market for existing Acti-Blizz products
share buyback: no change in strategy
infinity ward settlement: wont comment on financial details
CoD elite programs: made free to give better product overall, grow game/help gamers.
MoP China: pleased with reception, peaked at over 1 million concurrent user (for MOP)
Mobile device games/programs: nothing divulge, no actual game close to release
Skylander: Acti says it wont be guitar hero. should be sustained business with new products coming. bullish
2013: Kotick says upcoming hardware change (console next gen coming out in 2013) will affect pricing strategy for existing product (xbox, ps3)
Blizz All-Stars: internal testing underway, gameplay dev. Nothing official
D3 expac: Mike M says D3 expac in works but no timeline (quality first)
COD Online (china): No testing schedule
Read between the lines - they did not announce subscriber numbers, only that they'd stayed above 10m, that's a very vague statement and not in line with their predictions which suggested they expected players to return following the expansion which clearly hasn't happened or they would have announced a more defined number. Further to this as someone's pointed out the annual pass accounts are starting to come off now and my bet is that a significant number of those will not continue to play WoW (again I concur significant number is hideously vague). This investor call said more with what it DIDN'T say than it said with what it did.
(it's also safe to say that a number of the account subscribers right now are also in clear violation of the automated play policies, which is probably why thus far despite the problem being seemingly endemic they haven't done anything about it in terms of banning orders - which I'd consider to be falsely inflating the numbers a touch)
Last edited by koodledrum; 2012-11-07 at 10:24 PM.
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Ya anyone expecting a decline this quater is nuts, We wont know anything until next quarter annoucement in February. But by than any impact to subs that happens now could change dramatically by the end of December. An could again change when February comes around.
I kind of feel that all the dailies may drive away playerbase, I can't actually say if sub counts will rise or fall.
Q3 2012: Release MoP the last week of the quarter to get a spike in subs for the quarterly report
Q4 2012 (current): use gated content to string players along into December, keeping the xpac fresh for the Q4 Report
Q1 2013: Release patch 5.1 just as players are getting tired of LFR grinding and hope 5.1 content will string them through the rest of the quarter
Last edited by ShimmerSwirl; 2012-11-07 at 10:31 PM.
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That was one particular nasty lawsuit, and it shows no matter how high you are in a corporation...you're expendable.
Not under 10 million.
The 39 of your who voted saying it'd be under...
Prediction for next earnings call: Threads full of "But that's just because of christmas and 5.1! Just wait for the next quarter!"
See enough of those games and rah rahs (let alone hype) you get really cynical of taking these reports at face value.
i like how alot of ppl think 5.1 is going to keep players happy. All that patch does is add more daily quest-lines as well as scenarios that add to the story. If your looking for new raid content your not gonna get it. The brawlers guild will give you what? a few hours worth of content? Only the most hardcore achivement goer's are gonna attack that. For me 5.1 is just like 4.1 except we thought 4.1 would bring firelands. And i unsubbed in 4.1 because i had finished all the 4.0 content. 2 dungeons as well as quest stories dont keep me subbed and wont keep other raiders subbed who are done with 5.0. Blizzard would need to release 5.1 pretty soon to keep those raiders who are still not fully farming heroic raids, provided they dont have alts to gear.
I don't get why so many people voted it will go under 10m... Its the first quarter after a new x-pac .. Obviously it will stay where it is for that quarter and possibly another 1 or 2 before its starts falling/crashing with how bad MOP is.
Note that the subscription revenue figure lumps WoW subscriptions with Call of Duty: Elite subscriptions, so the ~25% decrease in revenue doesn't nicely correlate to a ~25% decrease in the WoW subscriber base.
Last edited by mosely; 2012-11-07 at 11:39 PM.
It was always going to show a figure above 10mill, it was released literally 5 days before the "census" so everyone who bought the xpac was going to be included there.
To be honest though WoW in its current state needs to die, not because of the game itself but because of the gaming scene in general. Games which are infinitely better aren't given the chance to succeed because players are too invested in this game with friends etc and expect any new game to have 8 years worth of stuff to do at end game.
Note: this isn't an anti-WoW as a game post but an anti-WoW as an entity in the gaming community post, it's not the games fault but the players.
Coming from someone who no longer raids (don't really have interest / rather gym etc.) The content provided for the majority is massive.
When you consume a un-healthy amount of content so quickly, your going to start to hate.
Think of wow like candy,chocolate or sex. In moderation it's great, however some people have no self control and now their sick of it
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