A paying account is a subbed account china pays by the min or hr.
this has already been proven and said time and time again.
I love how no one in here is saying "wow is dead" - and yet there are so many saying "Too all you "Wow is dead" sayers:" posts
Have faith in the light,
And the strength of its weilders.
Because at the start of cata there was 12.5mil subs.
Even MOP first Quarter and Cata First Quarter sub drop is nearly the same maybe MOP's is slightly less "can't remember cata's number right off hand"
But like what was said at the start of cata also plays to MOP.
If subs are dropping in Q1 for MOP there will be sub lose or barely any gain for the rest of MOP.
In Q1 2011, Cata lost net 600K.
But then in Q3 2011, Cata released in China, and China had a net loss around 500K (out of the 800K loss that quarter).
So the post release loss for Cata should be more like 1.1M, not 600K.
"There is a pervasive myth that making content hard will induce players to rise to the occasion. We find the opposite. " -- Ghostcrawler
"Almost every time I have gotten to know a critic personally, they keep up with the criticism but lose the venom." -- Ghostcrawler
"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome." -- Samuel Johnson
Not every player raids or even wishes to.
22% success rate on 10 man - 24% success rate on 25.
20% success rate on 10 - 30% on 25.
44% success on 10 - 40% on 25, I'm going to suggest a lot more than 3% of the people raiding have completed normal content.
Less than 1% of the player base ever saw naxx 40 as current content, just for a little bit of perspective for you.
But you aren't wrong. according to http://www.wowprogress.com/ it looks like 29% of guilds have cleared all normal modes and about 1% Heroic clear. Which sounds about where it should be.
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Depending on where the sub loss came from, it could be a huge loss. That chart is out of date, but I'm betting there are less subs in the West simply because there is less of a population overall. If the West population (estimated) dipped down to around 3-4 million in 2012, then losing 500k players could be considered a huge loss, that would be roughly 15% of the population. This is no surprise to me considering the state that some servers are currently in in WoW.
WoW wont be killed buy another 900 lb gorilla. Its will get eaten up by a bunch of piranha that all tear off a little chunk. But by then Titan will be out and it might not matter anyways.
merge some servers and its back up to 12 mill. np
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I get it, many people still play WoW because they are attached to it, they are expert at playing it, they have friends in it. But as a matter of fact it is an old game which asks for money every month and offers less content than free games for it: with new free MMOs on the horizon, if Blizzard doesn't change it's approach, the decline is inevitable.
Unfortunately the players who are bliding defending Blizzard ongoing approach are just contributing to that decline. You should be rather questioning them and pushing them to offer you more. But you don't. That's sad for this once wonderful and unparalled game...
I dont think theres anything blizz can do at this point if subs drop after 5.2. Mop is amazing, and if subs drop during it ,then i fear its not the xpac, but rather wows age killing it. I still think it will be around for another 10 years though.
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Oh come on! So many haters here! It's only 500k subscribers down quarterly for the past year.