Activision Blizzard Q2 2020 Earnings Call
The Activision Blizzard earnings call is this afternoon. We've highlighted some of the written results below.


  • Activision had 125 million MAUs in the second quarter, up from 102 million in Q1 and still down from 128 million in Q4 2019.
  • Blizzard had 32 million MAUs in the second quarter. This is the same as Q1 and Q4 2019.
  • World of Warcraft reach and engagement once again increased sequentially, as shelter-at-home conditions further boosted the franchise’s strong trajectory.
  • The Shadowlands expansion saw an enthusiastic response from players in its public testing, with pre-sales accelerating even further ahead of its release in the fourth quarter.
  • World of Warcraft engagement is the highest in a decade at this point ahead of an expansion.
  • Building on the success of Battlegrounds and recent live operations, the Hearthstone pipeline includes expansions, new engagement features and a new game mode planned for the coming quarters.
  • Overwatch engagement grew year-over-year, including among returning players.
  • Diablo Immortal, developed for mobile in partnership with NetEase, is due to expand internal testing with a company playtest in the coming weeks.
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  1. Heartbreaker23's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicPeon View Post
    Its increasing because of the gallywix ban.

    But yeah classic is dying
    Why would it increase because of players being banned?

    I wasn't talking about the short spike that was bound to drop again, I'm talking about the decline at the end of the expansion that always happens because people stop playing.
  1. Lurker1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Azerate View Post
    None of this suprises me at all.

    I'm actually playing the game, unlike many forum whiners here. It's incredibly active, more so than potentially ever. Even legacy farming spots for obscure achievements and reps have been crowded throughout the last months. Game is more alive than it has been for years. Shadowlands hype is real too, and it's bringing many old players back / attracting many new players.

    Despite all the toxic bullshit the usual bad actors are spewing on youtube and twitch, the game is doing great, and I love it!
    Well said!
  1. Dracullus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicPeon View Post
    Its increasing because of the gallywix ban.

    But yeah classic is dying
    It's not increasing, it turned into rollercoaster. Instead of 165-175k (all EU prices), it's like 140-200k right now. I think we need few days for new price to settle in.
  1. Queen of Hamsters's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Azerate View Post
    None of this suprises me at all.

    I'm actually playing the game, unlike many forum whiners here. It's incredibly active, more so than potentially ever. Even legacy farming spots for obscure achievements and reps have been crowded throughout the last months. Game is more alive than it has been for years. Shadowlands hype is real too, and it's bringing many old players back / attracting many new players.

    Despite all the toxic bullshit the usual bad actors are spewing on youtube and twitch, the game is doing great, and I love it!
    Same, and that's why the haters hate us! ^_^

    Also, for the haters: EU count (not counting Russia) for High/Full pop servers: 79.
    That's up by 13 since 8.2, and more than Classic has servers IN TOTAL ACROSS THE WORLD. Remember, Retail servers have higher pop capacity.

    But please, do continue pretending that Blizzard's lying on quarterly reports (illegal) meant to keep their investors in the loop because the figures hurt your feels.
  1. Jshadowhunter's Avatar
    Blizz can go stuff those stupid Chinese sellout phone games up Bobby's ass.
  1. ClassicPeon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Heartbreaker23 View Post
    Why would it increase because of players being banned?

    I wasn't talking about the short spike that was bound to drop again, I'm talking about the decline at the end of the expansion that always happens because people stop playing.
    Quite simple if you know what Gallywix is. If you are interested you can look it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dracullus View Post
    It's not increasing, it turned into rollercoaster. Instead of 165-175k (all EU prices), it's like 140-200k right now. I think we need few days for new price to settle in.
    If it hasnt yet, it will. Its not a question of if or perhaps. Its going to happen. Supply and demand
  1. Doffen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Azerate View Post
    None of this suprises me at all.

    I'm actually playing the game, unlike many forum whiners here. It's incredibly active, more so than potentially ever. Even legacy farming spots for obscure achievements and reps have been crowded throughout the last months. Game is more alive than it has been for years. Shadowlands hype is real too, and it's bringing many old players back / attracting many new players.

    Despite all the toxic bullshit the usual bad actors are spewing on youtube and twitch, the game is doing great, and I love it!
    It's totally opposite on my server when it comes to guilds active and their players, my own guild have maybe 6-7 people active once a week, on sundays for m+ or potential raiding, but the latter falls short every time for a couple of months now. But anecdotal evidence is just that so it's hard to point out how alive it really is. According to raider.io there is a record in how many mythic+ that have been done in a patch, 8.3, 4.3 million characters I believe that has done at least a +2. But guilds raiding in 8.3 is at it's lowest for at least 4 years. Interestingly enough, more guilds have done at least Wrathion Mythic in Ny'alotha, which is more than Worldbreaker Mythic in Antorus. So there are a good amount of players active, that's for sure.

    But since we got sharding, it will always feel somewhat alive. Which is cool and shows that sharding can indeed be useful for different kind of things. I am pretty sure WoW is in a good spot and can't wait for Shadowlands, or at least pre patch to arrive myself.
  1. Greyvax's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doffen View Post
    But since we got sharding, it will always feel somewhat alive. Which is cool and shows that sharding can indeed be useful for different kind of things. I am pretty sure WoW is in a good spot and can't wait for Shadowlands, or at least pre patch to arrive myself.
    Pretty much this. I enjoyed 8.3 for a solid 6 months, but i did everything i wanted to do, so i've just unsubbed to play other games till SL hits.
  1. Aeriedk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS View Post
    Wow look at all these defensive replies.

    You can only blindly repeat whatever Blizzard decides to squeeze out of their sphincter.
    I'm pretty sure it is illegal to lie during an earnings call.
  1. Azmoden's Avatar
    Normal people: "Man, WoW sure sucks since Activision merged with Blizzard".

    Blizzard fanboys: "They're still different companies, get your facts straight, and stop criticizing our Lord and Savior Blizzard!!!"

    Normal people looking at the earnings call: "Well the Activision part is doing well, but Blizzard games are kind of stagnating".

    Blizzard fanboys: "They're the same company you dumbass, so it doesn't matter what you say, Blizzard is doing great, now fuck off".


    Me: *inserts Wat meme here*...

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