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World of Warcraft still has a large amount of subscribers, but the numbers keep dropping

Posted on August 3, 2011 AT 02:43pm

As part of their earnings report today, Activision gave a wide array of information on their various titles, and one point stood out about World of Warcraft.

The current subscriber base stands at 11.1 million. Now, let’s be fair – that’s still a huge number.

However, that comes with two notes. That number is after the game launched in China. Even with the different way Chinese players pay for their World of Warcraft sessions, they’re still counted as a subscriber after an hour of play a month.

Also, this is the second quarter now this year that WoW has lost subscribers, this time at a number around 300,000. In the previous quarter, the game lost 600,000 subscribers, meaning the loss so far for this year has almost hit 1 million.

Nick Baumfeld
Bio: Nick Baumfeld has been involved in the video game industry for a good 12 years. He has seen the industry from all view points and has a background in websites, website integration and social media. Nick pioneered the online video game rental business back in the day, moved forward into online video game trading and then moved viral with the well received Video Games Application on Facebook. Today, he has joined up with EGM founder Steve Harris to create something truly unique and special; EGMNOW, a community dedicated to all manner of gamers.

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