World of Warcraft Loses 1.3 Million Subscribers, Down To 8 Mil

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Blizzard's massively multiplayer online game is no longer quite so massive.

World of Warcraft is down to eight million subscribers, publisher Activision-Blizzard said in a press release today. That's a 1.3 million loss from February to May—mostly in the East, Blizzard says, but in the West as well.

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The popular game is still the world's biggest subscription-based MMORPG, but subscriber numbers have been in decline since the game peaked at 12 million members back in 2010. World of Warcraft is also one of the last remaining paid MMORPGs; most online games, like EA's Star Wars: The Old Republic, are going free-to-play.

Of course, with eight million people continuing to pay them every month, Activision-Blizzard probably doesn't have too much to complain about.

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DISCUSSION

I've never been a fan of WoW, I don't like Kung-Fu Panda motiff, I never liked the art, and I am not a fan of instanced MMOing... BUT

8 million is a number every other MMO would kill for.

My favorite MMO Everquest Online Adventures was PS2 only, lasted 9 years with no pay to win options, only got 1 true expansion, never got gear inflation etc....

But we kept coming back to it, right up until they shut it down on us. My raid guild was 95% people who left WoW to come back to EQOA. It was a pure hard-core old school MMO, while easier than Everquest 1, it was not the instanced cheese easy mode of the WOW type of games.

Magically, they had thousands of subscribers for a game with no new content for 7 years. Why? The gameplay was solid, challenging, and there was always something to do at the end-game. The end game was consistently challenging, and not something you could just burn through in instances 1x per week. Everything in EQOA required that you make friends, and maintain those friendships.

K, I'm way off topic, but the point is that 8 million subscribers is still an enormous user base for a subscription MMO, so they must be doing something right. Not something that I prefer, but others obviously love Kung Fu panda bullshit