World of Warcraft Subscriptions Rise to 10 Million

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World of Warcraft Subscriptions Rise to 10 Million

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Mists of Pandaria netted almost 1 million paying players for WoW.

A lot of MMOs are having trouble with the traditional subscription model, but World of Warcraft is not one of them. Blizzard's competition-crushing online RPG peaked at 12 million subscribers, but saw that number drop by about a quarter in recent months. Thanks in large part to the Mists of Pandaria expansion, the game's subscriber base has recovered somewhat and is holding steady - for now - at a respectable 10 million.

A few months ago, two analysts posited that World of Warcraft represents a danger to its parent company, Activision Blizzard. In light of a declining subscriber base, they argued, leaning too heavily on the aging MMO for revenue would not work as a long-term strategy. While a gain of 1 million subscribers in a single quarter is promising, this could simply be an upward bump in a general decline. The real test of Mists of Pandaria's success will be how many players who joined (or rejoined) WoW for the new content stick around in the long-term.

WoW has made some concessions to the free-to-play market, but so far has exhibited no real interest in abandoning its highly successful subscription model. Based on these numbers, it won't have to anytime soon, but WoW is not likely to plateau at 10 million subscribers, one way or another.

Source: MCVUK

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This makes me happy. So glad I've been hearing positive feedback about this expansion... makes me want to play again haha.

I guess all those doomsayers Mist the boat.

Sure, might not be a good idea to rely on the revenue long term, but until then they are raking in $150 million dollars a month (sub fee for WoW is $15 a month right?)

There's always a rise in subscribers when a new expasion pop up. I don't want to walk around like a doomsayer but one shouldn't expect WoW to stay at 10 million.

DugMachine:
This makes me happy. So glad I've been hearing positive feedback about this expansion... makes me want to play again haha.

I re-subbed a couple of weeks ago and I was starting to wonder if it was worth the new subscription.

.....Then I got one of these as a mount

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(sans Goku unfortunately)

You should definitely give it a go. I've been having a blast since I went back.

It will drop fast, when a new expansion is released, everyone plays it, when it's finished, people play the main game for a bit, get bored, stahp, rinse and repeat.

Apparently only 1/10 are capable of walking away from that damn game.

kaizen2468:
Apparently only 1/10 are capable of walking away from that damn game.

Frankly the thing that most people go back for, in my opinion, is the relationships they build with other players. You find yourself a tight knit group of people that you have fun playing with regularly and already 70% of the work is done for Blizzard. Some of the best times I had were when some guildies and I would make our own fun.

The game itself is easy to leave, but what's hard is leaving behind the friends you made while playing it.

As others have said, this is hardly anything to get too excited about. You need to have a subscription just to try the new content so an uptick in subs is hardly a surprise.

kaizen2468:
Apparently only 1/10 are capable of walking away from that damn game.

Yes, because everyone who plays that game is addicted to it. Yep. Totally.

Who ever said they played the game every single waking moment of their lives?

((This is supposing that your comment indicates addiction to WoW))

Honestly, it's kinda nice to see this one's recovered a bit. Usually with MMOs it's a slow (well, sometimes not so slow) deterioration after launch no matter what you do.

I don't get why its become cool to hate on WoW. It's not a bad game. It's not "unhealthy" for the industry and the devs seem to be trying their hardest to keep people playing. They are basically what we'd all want an MMO to do.

This surprises me - I wonder how current that figure is. Because I know that a -lot- of players have dropped their subs in the past two weeks due to the daily grind and general aimlessness of this xpac. I have, and a lot of my guild. And if 1/10 of the people whining about dailies on the forums have... it's a lot.

Brainst0rm:
This surprises me - I wonder how current that figure is. Because I know that a -lot- of players have dropped their subs in the past two weeks due to the daily grind and general aimlessness of this xpac. I have, and a lot of my guild. And if 1/10 of the people whining about dailies on the forums have... it's a lot.

I believe the figure is current as of this quarter,not sure though.
The problem wth basing how players feel about the game by the forums is that you really only see those that complain. Those who are enjoying the game aren't generally going to show much they love it on the forums. However you will get many people who aren't enjoying themselves posting because people want their complaints to be heard. I'm pretty sure the majority of the playebase don't even visit the forums.
The daiy grind was only really an issue for those on the bleedig edge of progression raiding. Not to mention it's pretty much the only real complaint the playerbase has this expansion.

anthony87:

DugMachine:
This makes me happy. So glad I've been hearing positive feedback about this expansion... makes me want to play again haha.

I re-subbed a couple of weeks ago and I was starting to wonder if it was worth the new subscription.

.....Then I got one of these as a mount

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(sans Goku unfortunately)

You should definitely give it a go. I've been having a blast since I went back.

I got one of these:

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Subs are up because mists makes all the Chinese gold farmers feel at home :p

Kyrinn:

Brainst0rm:
This surprises me - I wonder how current that figure is. Because I know that a -lot- of players have dropped their subs in the past two weeks due to the daily grind and general aimlessness of this xpac. I have, and a lot of my guild. And if 1/10 of the people whining about dailies on the forums have... it's a lot.

I believe the figure is current as of this quarter,not sure though.
The problem wth basing how players feel about the game by the forums is that you really only see those that complain. Those who are enjoying the game aren't generally going to show much they love it on the forums. However you will get many people who aren't enjoying themselves posting because people want their complaints to be heard. I'm pretty sure the majority of the playebase don't even visit the forums.
The daiy grind was only really an issue for those on the bleedig edge of progression raiding. Not to mention it's pretty much the only real complaint the playerbase has this expansion.

Good points and i couldn't agree more really. I re subbed for this expansion and im loving it, plus i don't particularly mind the grinds, no one is forcing me to do them, and i just choose a faction and knock off the dailies on a regular basis, you don't have to go doing them all at once.

This xpac has done a great job adding stuff just to have it added to the game (not to mention the obvious outstanding-standard content). Even if there's no real reason for it being there other than making a person get the warm fuzzy feeling of having stumbled across it.

An example, i was in the first zone of the new expansion, and came across a shrine. I saw a sparkling sack of coins sitting in front of the shrine. I right click it, you know, because it's shiny, and get a 30min "Stealing from the dead - that's bad luck" debuff. No reason for it to be in the game, but it's shit like that makes the game just feel better, more like an MMO, than the last expansion (at least in my opinion).

Plus, I had a couple of friends come back to the game, and now that we live apart it's a great way to have a regular interaction with them again.

New expansion comes out subscriptions increase for a couple of months who would of thought. Not surprising I expect they hold until the holidays and than drop back down come new year.

Err it was 13 million at the beginning of Cata if I remember correctly.

Terminate421:

anthony87:

DugMachine:
This makes me happy. So glad I've been hearing positive feedback about this expansion... makes me want to play again haha.

I re-subbed a couple of weeks ago and I was starting to wonder if it was worth the new subscription.

.....Then I got one of these as a mount

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(sans Goku unfortunately)

You should definitely give it a go. I've been having a blast since I went back.

I got one of these:

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I'm still working on my one of those. Then all we need is for Blizzard to release a head slot item that looks like some Super Saiyan hair.

got back into it about a week ago after about 2 years of not playing it.

so far it has been keeping me suitably interested.

This probably isn't entirely OT but; why do so many people like WoW? I played it for a bit (3 hours) and had no fun what so ever and I just can't see why people play it so much. I like the idea behind it and my computer is full of WoW hentai. Mmm, Draeni...

OT: Good for you Blizzard, so, can you make Warcraft 4 now?

anthony87:

Terminate421:

anthony87:

I re-subbed a couple of weeks ago and I was starting to wonder if it was worth the new subscription.

.....Then I got one of these as a mount

image
(sans Goku unfortunately)

You should definitely give it a go. I've been having a blast since I went back.

I got one of these:

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I'm still working on my one of those. Then all we need is for Blizzard to release a head slot item that looks like some Super Saiyan hair.

We also need the Orange Gi or Freeza armor and we'll be set.

(The Freeza armor might work on my Worgen because he's a Deathknight)

Well, I have more complaints than that. And it's not really the daily grind that bothers me - taking into account the rate at which valor is earned, the grind isn't bad. It's just that the heart of the Pandaria quest experience, the Golden Lotus dailies, are absolutely terrible. They're utterly limp. The most boring block of quests I've seen since Vanilla. The other hubs are quite fun, but that center one is abysmal, and it killed the xpac for me.

A few professions are still painful to level, even though some are vastly improved. I feel like Blizz doesn't even know what to do with Professions any more though. For most, leveling is effortless. Why even make professions depend on leveling if I can max them out before I even hit the level cap? What's the point?

Plus the lore. There's so little now, and so poorly presented. Half the faction leaders are cardboard cutouts with a tape recorder put up in their capitals. And Blizz isn't even pretending that there's not a Horde bias. If anything, it's getting worse. And I *play* Horde.

But I digress. WoW is on its way out, even if slowly, and I'll be glad to see it go. Chris Metzen's Mary-Sue-ing of Thrall in Cataclysm was about the most unbearable thing I've even witnessed in a video game. I'm not eager to see it replayed with Vol'jin or whoever the new Jesus is.

Kyrinn:

Brainst0rm:
This surprises me - I wonder how current that figure is. Because I know that a -lot- of players have dropped their subs in the past two weeks due to the daily grind and general aimlessness of this xpac. I have, and a lot of my guild. And if 1/10 of the people whining about dailies on the forums have... it's a lot.

I believe the figure is current as of this quarter,not sure though.
The problem wth basing how players feel about the game by the forums is that you really only see those that complain. Those who are enjoying the game aren't generally going to show much they love it on the forums. However you will get many people who aren't enjoying themselves posting because people want their complaints to be heard. I'm pretty sure the majority of the playebase don't even visit the forums.
The daiy grind was only really an issue for those on the bleedig edge of progression raiding. Not to mention it's pretty much the only real complaint the playerbase has this expansion.

Mr.Wizard:
Sure, might not be a good idea to rely on the revenue long term, but until then they are raking in $150 million dollars a month (sub fee for WoW is $15 a month right?)

Not exactly, in Asia they pay per hour sorta thing, any of those people that pay something in one month is considered a subscriber for that month.

Just a great expansion, Cata was not so they hurt and started to loose people. Now they're on the rise again. Its the power of the panda maybe? But more logically its just a damned sizable amount of content and less crap like in cata. I'm loving it and have lots to do well starting to run out but meh 5.1 is on the way :P

so they're BACK at 10mill subs? after the release of an expansion pack?

hardly a surprise. the really question is.

will the stay subbed or leave again? as the case likely is

Capitano Segnaposto:

kaizen2468:
Apparently only 1/10 are capable of walking away from that damn game.

Yes, because everyone who plays that game is addicted to it. Yep. Totally.

Who ever said they played the game every single waking moment of their lives?

((This is supposing that your comment indicates addiction to WoW))

they are wow players. what part of definition of addiction did you not understand?

Ok seriously now: this is to be expected. people moved away from wow to try many other newly sprung mmos. they turned out to be.... not quality material. So people moved back to wow. add the expansion spike (thats bound to fall down regardless how good expansion is, it just gets bigger if expansion is better. and you got subscriptions jumping by a measly <10%. ive seen eve online expansions that almsot doubled their subscription base. but i guess for wow its harder, its reputation and all.

anthony87:

Terminate421:

anthony87:

I re-subbed a couple of weeks ago and I was starting to wonder if it was worth the new subscription.

.....Then I got one of these as a mount

image
(sans Goku unfortunately)

You should definitely give it a go. I've been having a blast since I went back.

I got one of these:

image

I'm still working on my one of those. Then all we need is for Blizzard to release a head slot item that looks like some Super Saiyan hair.

Play a human! They have a Super Saiyan hair style.

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DugMachine:
This makes me happy. So glad I've been hearing positive feedback about this expansion... makes me want to play again haha.

It's good. The 85-90 content is the best leveling content so far, the zones are interesting and quite beautiful (and that's something considering how old the game engine is) and there are a lot of things to do on the side.

I really like the dungeon content, the design seems to be better than ever - it slowly introduces you to fight mechanics along the way and tests you during the boss fights, which is in my opinion the ideal way to do things. Unfortunately I don't have time to commit to a raiding schedule any more and after being a hardcore raider for a while I just can't stomach pugs. So I've no idea how the raids are, but I expect they are as good as the dungeons.

That being said, MoP is GRIND-TASTIC... and that's saying a lot. Too much skinner-box mindless grinding for my taste and that, coupled with the inability to experience end-game content is why after hitting 90 I've pretty much stopped playing.

Brainst0rm:
But I digress. WoW is on its way out, even if slowly, and I'll be glad to see it go. Chris Metzen's Mary-Sue-ing of Thrall in Cataclysm was about the most unbearable thing I've even witnessed in a video game. I'm not eager to see it replayed with Vol'jin or whoever the new Jesus is.

The new jesus' is Anduin and Wrathion. The former being the prince of stormwind whom aids the horde and even attacks alliance during the quests in question(he's horde pvp enabled so attacks any alliance players who gets too close), that's before getting into the fact that he uses mind control on one of his own allies despite this being a spell only shadowpriests would be capable of using(especially since the mindset required to do it in the first case requires you to be a selfish asshole). Then there's Wrathion who proves that he's not a genocidal twatbag like his father by.... being a genocidal twatbag just like his father. The only difference between the two is who his targets are. Oh and he makes alliance and horde players kill generals from the alliance and the horde because.... no real reason as far as we know. It's just because he could. Oh and did I mention that he's only a year old yet he's already uber, knows everything and somehow took over Ravenholdt Manor? And contacted them via telepathy.... while still in his -EGG-?

I could go on, but just one look at the story forum shows that the same problems from Cata persists, namely the godawful writers who thought shoving a death camp into hillsbrad was "Teh Awsumz!". So yeah as a few mentioned above, it's not the game that makes people return in the end. It is all the friends they've made while they still played regularly. All the expansions do is give them a slimmer of hope that just maybe the game itself has actually improved from their point of view.

Halyah:

I could go on, but just one look at the story forum shows that the same problems from Cata persists, namely the godawful writers who thought shoving a death camp into hillsbrad was "Teh Awsumz!". .

Well, the Hillsbarad camps were part of the lore back when it was good and interesting (Namely Thrall's origin). But I agree, WoTLK was the end of the story as far as I'm concerned.

I've read a lot of the extended lore, I know who everyone is supposed to be and how it all ties into the whole thing... and I just don't care.

I was invested in the story of (mostly) Warcraft III and that ended with Arthas' demise.

That aside, the content is still pretty much the best MMORPGs have to offer at the moment. EVE is just too different and too long-term to appeal to many people.

ToR is just pathetic... Gameplay-wise it's *identical* to WoW (and people are bored of this formula ffs), the much flaunted BioWare TM story is weak and I much prefer WoW's smaller, but much more interesting mini-plots (especially in MoP) and having EA behind it is in no way an advantage. Whatever might be said of Blizzard lately, they have a LONG way to go before they are as bad as EA.

I have some minor hopes for TES Online, but it's not looking too good. I smell the same old tired combat and progression system. Maybe if they do something along the lines of D&D Online...

That number will likely fall with Cross realm zones, daily quest grinding, and reputation tied to valor points. People really don't like them.

I don't care about any of that, but I will probably unsub at the end of this raiding tier. There are so many problems with the end game I don't even know where to begin. Heroics and challenge modes are too easy. Too much RNG in some boss fights. Valor points given by raid bosses is so pathetically low you're pretty much forced into heroics, scenarios, dailies, and LFR to cap valor for the week, even if you don't need any gear from them. LFR still drops gear with a high enough item level that you're forced into running that every week with entitled and whiny bad players who bail after one wipe. Then there's the eventual progressive nerfs that will ruin the raid tier and take out all fun; eventually it will get so bad that normal mode will be indistinguishable from LFR, difficulty wise.

Everything seems fresh and exciting at first, but people will get bored very quickly and leave. In 5.1, they will be adding more dailies and more factions, as well as an invitation only brawler's guild that will only make things worse. Other than that, all we have to look forward to is a bad Orgrimmar raid and every single person and their cousin walking around with legendaries at the end of the expansion.

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