World of Warcraft subscriber numbers dropping at record rate

It’s financial report season! Hooray! I may yet have cause to don the Gordon Gekko braces. It was mixed news from Activision’s quartlerly, though. While overall profit and revenue figures were stratospherically high-as you’d expect from the publisher of Hearthstone, Destiny and Heroes of the Storm-the report revealed poor old WoW is enduring its lowest subscriber base since 2006.

At an estimated 5.6 million players, it still boasts a larger population than Norway, Singapore, or New Zealand. But as recently as six months ago that number was around 10 million, bolstered by the release of the Warlords of Draenor expansion.

The 44% dropoff in subsribers since then marks the fastest decline since the game was released back in 1918. Time really flies by, doesn’t it?

Activision are unlikely to be too worried about WoW’s recent decline, though. The combined user base of their Destiny, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm active communities is around 70 million players. Not bad, considering two of those three are F2P titles.

The upcoming Legion expansion may well inject a bit of life back in the old MMO, too. The beta’s due later this year-in the meantime, here’s everything we know about WoW’s Legion expansion.   Best MMO game sites online –

Final Fantasy 14 is closing in on World of Warcraft’s crown

Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward is gaining ground on World of Warcraft, having reached more than 5 million registered accounts worldwide.

The latest figures suggest that Blizzard Entertainment’s behemoth is down to 5.6 million active users following a 44% decline over the last six months.

Final Fantasy 14, on the other hand, is going through a purple patch, having increased its subscriber base by 1 million since February.

The multiplayer online game has been around for less than half the time of the market leader, originally launching around five years ago.

However, new life was injected into the title in 2012 when it was relaunched as Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn. Then Heavensward went live in June.

World of Warcraft’s active base was at 10 million as recently as six months ago when the Warlords of Draenor add-on landed, but numbers have since dwindled to their lowest level since 2006.   Wow  Gold  Seller

Activision Blizzard Inc. Doesn’t Need ‘World of Warcraft’ Anymore

Activision Blizzard’s World of Warcraft game has shed half of its subscriber base over just the past six months: The player count dove from 10 million paying customers in January to less than 6 million at the end of June. Sure, WoW is still the most popular role-playing game of its kind in the world. But it now has less than half of the 12 million active gamers it counted at its peak in late 2010.

Yet it’s hard to find evidence of that collapse in Activision’s operating results. In fact, the business is posting near record growth. Revenue rose 15% last quarter as profit doubled. Activision entertained 25% more active players across all of its franchises last quarter, which equates to 3.5 billion hours of gameplay over the past three months. The publisher just raised its full-year sales and profit forecasts as the stock hit a new all-time high.

Here’s the most impressive thing about those second-quarter results: They include a 29% increase in sales on the Blizzard side of Activision’s business. In short, Activision had no trouble navigating a huge drop in the player base of one of its tentpole franchises.

That’s incredible when you consider that as recently as 2011 the World of Warcraft franchise was worth a whopping 90% of Blizzard’s sales. The reliance on that game along with the publisher’s other two hits, Call of Duty and Skylanders, was so big that it created what Activision’s management described as one of the biggest risks for investors.

That expansion should boost subscriber numbers, at least for a short time. But the deeper portfolio of franchises makes a Warcraft spike much less critical to Activision’s future. Investors can expect to see dozens of launches and expansions across key franchises, including Diablo, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and StarCraft, over the next few quarters. And they have less reason to worry that weak results out of any single game will sink Activision’s business results.    Best place to buy wow gold

‘WildStar’ Now Testing Free-To-Play Features In Closed Beta Test

With WildStar transferring to a free-to-play model later this year, it is time for the new features of the game to be tested. The upcoming free-to-play features are now being tested in the game’s closed beta. Players with an existing WildStar account that have signed up to participate are eligible to test the content; however, not all will be admitted.

Currently, only active subscribers to WildStar can test the upcoming free-to-play changes in the closed beta. Carbine Studios will later open up the beta to more players including those that have “little to no experience with WildStar” to reach a bigger, more diverse sampling of those interested in the game. Interested players need to check out the summary of features expected to be presented during the closed beta on the official forums for more information.

Players will be able to instantly level up within the closed beta to test a multitude of features. A special vendor will also be available that offers players AMPs and high-level weapons and armor. Existing WildStar characters can also be copied to the closed beta test for those willing to test things with their characters and their items.

When WildStar transitions into being a free-to-play game, anyone will be able to download and play without spending any money. An optional subscription will still be available that will be called Signature service. Players that play the game for free are considered Free members while those that subscribe will be known as Signature players.

WildStar released in June 2014, and the free-to-play announcement was made in May 2015. Will its transition to being a free-to-play influence you to play?        Best wildstar gold onine

Guild Wars 2 to Launch Next Expansion in 2015

Yesterday ArenaNet confirmed that Heart of Thorns, the next expansion of Guild Wars 2, will be coming out this year.

Though a public date hasn’t been set yet, the studio also announced on their twitter that “In case you missed it on our livestream from #gamescom2015 this morning”

What’s more, from August 7 to August 10th, Guild Wars 2 will be hosting its first public beta weekend for Heart of Thorns. It’s really an exciting opportunity for players to experience the new expansion. Do remember to mark your calendar if you don’t want to miss the event.    Best MMO game sites online

World of Warcraft subscriber numbers hit nine-year low on the eve of new expansion revealS

Some World of Warcraft fans were surprised to find out that Blizzard is already announcing a new expansion when the latest, Warlords of Draenor, just hit last year. But new numbers released today as part of Activision’s second quarter 2015 financial results may explain why the developer is rushing into what’s next.

According to the press release from Activision, World of Warcraft is at 5.6 million subscribers as of the end of the second quarter, which is June 30, 2015. The press release stresses that the game’s latest update, “Fury of Hellfire,” just arrived on June 23 and “helped stabilize the subscriber number towards the end of the quarter.”

In a call to investors, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime noted that the Warlords of Draenor expansion brought more returning players to the game than any previously. He said the company is focused on increasing the pace of content to help retain players, and also that he believes next year’s World of Warcraft movie may help bring in new players.

World of Warcraft’s subscription numbers dropped as low as 6.8 million during the Mists of Pandaria expansion, but the company has not reported numbers as low as 5.6 million since 2005, just one year after World of Warcraft released.

Blizzard recently added in the ability for players to pay for their monthly fee using “WoW Tokens” rather than real money. Presumably these numbers are included in World of Warcraft’s overall subscriber numbers.

World of Warcraft’s sixth expansion will be announced on Thursday, and Polygon will be reporting on the news as it hits.       Sell cheap wow gold online