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World of Warcraft subscriber numbers continue decline. Azeroth population now sits at 7.6m

An earnings report released by the newly independent Activision Blizzard shows that subscriber numbers for World of Warcraft have fallen to 7.6 million active accounts. The rate of players leaving the game has increased by an additional 25,000 a month.

Back in May Blizzard revealed that player numbers had fallen to 8.3 million. In the six months since another 700,000 players have left the game.

To compare the rate of players leaving the game we have to look back to the previous earnings report. In August 2012 Blizzard told us that there were 9.1 million subscribers. So, in the nine months between then and May, player numbers dropped by 800,000, a little under 90,000 players a month.

In the six months between May and November that rate of player exodus has risen to a little over 115,000 a month, with 700,000 players leaving the game.

As Activision point out in their newly published earnings report, “World of Warcraft remains the #1 subscription-based MMORPG”

Our Tim predicted that subscriber numbers would continue to decline unless Blizzard adopted a more frequent update model for the game but even he’s surprised the rate of players ending their subscriptions has increased and not slowed a little. As you can see from his graph:

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4 Years ago

Graph seems legit.

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4 Years ago

That's actually my graph, And a bloody accurate one at that!

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4 Years ago

WoW for me was a great game through vanilla-bc and the next 1-2 expansions, but imo WoW now needs to die, so blizzard can bring all their might to a new and fun franchise, I hoped this was Diablo, but now the game is laggy and unplayable. Very poor indeed.

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4 Years ago

Most of the Sub losses have been in Asia where League of Legends is really booming. WoW in NA and EU is still very much live and kicking as evidenced by the usually 1000 strong queue i have to go through to get in to raid every night.