Sitting down and catching up on all the news this morning, a pair of headlines jumped out at me. Both were, in a sense, subscriber numbers. Each, by itself, is mildly interesting. Together, though, the figures paint a clear picture of why game development today is moving in a particular direction.
One figure has to do with World of Warcraft. Blizzard has had some success with its Mists of Pandaria expansion, selling 2.7 million copies, and WoW is now back over the 10 million subscriber mark. The other figure is from Facebook, which now has over one billion active subscribers.