Neoseeker : News : Activision reports drop in World of Warcraft subs, comments on disappointing Wii U launch
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Slash May 8, 13
We all knew that the WiiU was going to sell badly.
Nintendo's fault 100% for releasing a 7th generation console so late to the party when the next generation is starting with the PS4 and Nextbox.
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NakedSnakeAO May 8, 13
Poor Blizzard taking a hit in subscribers. WoW has been so rich in content over the last decade. I mean, it's not like their MMO is so bad they had to recreate a newer version with a different graphics engine and overhaul all the gameplay mechanics with a new development team over the last few years just to get players to join. Damn you SE. c___c''
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Demonfurby May 8, 13
only a matter of time. wow's stll grasping at their archaic playing policies. Sooner or later they'll make it free and they'll be the biggest mmo again
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RabidChinaGirl May 8, 13
quote Demonfurby
only a matter of time. wow's stll grasping at their archaic playing policies. Sooner or later they'll make it free and they'll be the biggest mmo again
WoW is still the biggest MMO, currently.
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Slash May 8, 13
quote Demonfurby
later they'll make it free and they'll be the biggest mmo again
Which MMO is bigger than WoW? (Don't really pay attention to MMOs)
Oh and 80 million people still play this game it won't be free to play anytime soon.
Edit:Well RCG answered my question.
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Demonfurby May 8, 13
meant ever.
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Fortitudo May 8, 13
quote Slash
quote Demonfurby
later they'll make it free and they'll be the biggest mmo again
Which MMO is bigger than WoW? (Don't really pay attention to MMOs)
Oh and 80 million people still play this game it won't be free to play anytime soon.
Edit:Well RCG answered my question.
80 Million who wont get a job. Not being serious btw.

Whats all the hype about WoW? It cant be that good.
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Etherlight May 8, 13
For the record, the majority of the sub losses came from the East (mostly China apparently). Subs in the East don't work the same in the West, so even if they lost a lot of subs it's not necessarily because WoW got worse (IMO it's certainly much better than Catalol). Hell, it might not even be a huge loss in overall revenue depending on how much each person plays on average. Considering the East is also filled with gold farmers and the numbers really don't mean much without specifics.
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ims2golfer May 8, 13
Well I've never played WoW sadly. I feel like if I did I would waste days upon days into it, but it is somewhat sad to see the subscription rate go down. The gaming industry has been a bitch recently, so I guess it's all sorta expected.
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Fairy Girl May 8, 13
Honestly, its barely a dent and more like a scratch.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but WoW having that many subscribers after so many years of online service is an impressive feat that should be lauded.

I'm pretty sure other MMORPGs like Final Fantasy XI and EverQuest have nowhere near the amount of subscribers, and they have all run for about the same amount of time.
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Tenklis May 8, 13
Wow is popular because it's foor casuals. It isn't to difficult and the devs often cater to the cry baby player base.
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Dreadlock Holiday May 8, 13
A drop in the ocean compared to the amount of gamers still playing WoW. While I could never really get into it, I know a friend who has clocked up close to 3000 hours of play.
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lKasHl May 8, 13
"Risks", "uncertainties" and "remaining cautious"

Board room discussion reaction:
RELEASE THE CALL OF DUTIIIIEEEES!!! PORT THE DIABLOOOOOS!!
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Mishtram May 8, 13
WoW reached it's hump a while ago and will keep declining, if only because eventually the gaming world will always move on. It's definitely a long way from being completely dead, I would say; keeping it viable wouldn't require that big of a support staff and upkeep, and as long as it is a viable game that isn't detracting from the brand or from the bottom line Blizzard and Activision will want to keep it alive.

Of course, diminishing liquidity and income is going to make Activison go into "oh shit" mode because they don't care about the existence alone, but also because of the amount of money they get from it and where they can put that funding. Worse, the WiiU whispering out definitely impacts Activision because of the amount of dependence they have on successful consoles. I'm betting more than a few shareholders are thinking, "if I want to stay in tech, why would I stay... with a gaming company?"
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