The popular MMORPG World of Warcraft is coming up on 9 years of activity, but the subscriber base has been slowly dwindling over the years. Over the past 3 months, Activision Blizzard has lost 100,000 subscribers, bringing the total active accounts down to 7.6 million. But, as their financial release states, they are still the #1 subscription-based MMO on the market.
The results are fairly positive, especially when you consider how many World of Warcraft players have been leaving the game as of late. In the first quarter of 2013, Activision lost 1.3 million of their WoW subscribers to bring the total down to 8.3 million. The second quarter wasn’t much better, as the subscriber base was reduced by 600,000.
The writing is on the wall. World of Warcraft is one of the most successful video game creations of all time when it comes to the amount of money it brought to Activision Blizzard and how it changed the idea of what an MMORPG should be. But, it can’t last forever. What once was a game with a level cap of 60 and 40 man raids now has fighting pandas and tons of references to internet memes. No matter what your opinions on the game are, you have to respect the futility and endurance of World of Warcraft.
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