Update (9:15 PM EDT): Added 6.2 notes update

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
  • 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).


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

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Tranquilizing Shot has switched functionality with Glyph of Tranquilizing Shot. Tranquilizing Shot no longer costs Focus but has a 10-second cooldown.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
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  1. Dyego5's Avatar
    The real reason for this drop is : Warcraft 3 (RoC & TfT) gave us the "Burning Legion" content and all the stuff around it, so when Vanilla WoW came, was surprisingly good 'cause it extended the WC universe then BC brought back the feeling of W3 Reign of Chaos and then the same with Wrath of the Lich King brought W3 The Frozen Throne... BUT Cataclysm... even it was about the dragonflight lore, the books and all of that... it felt like the PATH Blizzard was heading until that moment... it was like they just drop the main purpose of the game, MOP was even worst in that way... there was no following of the MAIN story that Warcraft gave us and now Warlords is like a Burning Crusade Prequel, but not a great Prequel indeed, so... IF they don't return to the initial path they will surely lost the subs, completely, I have no doubt about it, they must concentrate in Argus/Sargeras content now... and I mean now! the game is sinking OR just close it before it became worst and worst, and from there, It will be time for Warcraft 4 (Maybe).

  1. Gray_Matter's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Euroguy View Post
    but im not a full time botter.
    There is no such thing as a full time botter or part time botter. You are either a botter or not.
  1. KuroNeko87's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Deliverer View Post
    Nothing new about this, it's the same people that were playing in mop, around 7 M. All the other people are the ones that come and goes. They resub on patch and at the start of an expansion and then unsub. Always been like this and probably it will always be.
    I'm sorry but what you're saying doesn't make sense when looking at the graph...
  1. kyriores's Avatar
    Well, that graph is pretty accurate. Late WotlK is when the game started to become worse and more casual friendly.That 40% buff on ICC was only the beginning. Back in the day, people got to know each other by doing dungeons together. You could tell who was good at the game and who wasn't. If you were good, people noticed you and invited you in their guild. Nowadays, this can't happen of course, since you get matched with randoms from 5 different servers. Also, there is no difficulty option. Anything that isn't mythic raiding is piss easy and all classes are super linear. So yeah, why would anyone wanna play WoW? Sitting in your garrison and clicking buttons gets boring after a while.

    It's funny though, because it took people almost 5 years to realize that Blizzard has gone full casual. Chances are that many will resub with each patch/expansion they release. Yep, the modern "gamer" is pretty stupid I'm afraid.
  1. Fruitbat's Avatar
    On average....

    3,000,000 / 90 days = 33,333 people unsubscribing per day
    33,333 / 24 hours = 1389 people unsubscribing per hour
    1389 / 60 minutes = 23 people unsubscribing per minute!

    Wow. And we havent seen any updated sub numbers since beginning of April? This game needs to sort itself out.
  1. andremeijer's Avatar
    tink it is bechouse of the tokens ingame
  1. KillerKm8's Avatar
    At least 3 million more losses coming, might make them sit up and listen. But will it be to late????. I am guessing it will be. On a lighter note lol, I certainly will never by a blizzard or activision product again, and any thing to do with holinka and above management will be ridiculed by me as I follow there careers. Am I old and grumpy maybe, but I think dirty people need to feel consequences. There are two many corporate types that think they can do what they like
  1. Winnson's Avatar
    Immersion died with Cataclysm, and Blizzard has no plans to fix that problem anytime soon.
  1. IIamaKing's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UcanDoSht View Post
    Fingers crossed for another hefty drop in subs, so that a few heads roll at Blizzard. Currently everything is out of control... world design, raid design and class design - it sucks so hard compared to previous expansions.
    Honestly, I dont often wish for bad things, but I agree here. There needs to be massive losses and a restructuring to get us back to the WoW of Wrath.

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