Yesterday's Activision Blizzard financial conference call revealed (among other things) that the subscriber numbers are still above 10 million, around the same numbers they were last time around. Now while this perhaps wouldn't be considered "big news" by most, I have to recommend you read an article over at Rock, Paper Shotgun that just nails this whole outlook on WoW, the doom and gloom every time sub numbers drop and the constant "WoW is dying" crap. It's a really well written post and highlights the hypocrisy of a lot of gaming media.
Here are some excerpts and check out the full article here:
Yes, I’m absolutely about to be smug about this, but I think it’s a relevant point. Every time the reported subscriber numbers dip, it’s a news story. And not just in the gaming press – the mainstream jumps on it too. Search the BBC’s news site for World Of Warcraft and you’ll find five stories about the game’s subs numbers in the last year. In one of those stories you’ll find me pointing out that ten million subscribers is bloody loads for a seven year old game (as it was at the time). They didn’t include the line where I pointed out when Pandaria comes out, they’ll go back up again. Which they did. Smugface.
The real story here, that no one is reporting, is this:
World Of Warcraft Still Has Ten Million Subscribers Despite Being Eight Years Old!
And here’s an exclusive news story for the entire gaming and worldwide media: In six months time WoW’s subscriber numbers will have dropped again! You heard it here first. After a year or so they’ll likely nudge 8m. And then probably in mid 2014 Blizzard will release another expansion, and they’ll climb their way back up to 9, 9.5m. And we’ll see a hundred-thousand news stories declaring it the end of WoW, crediting these number drops to Game X coming along, then forgetting that when they report how Game X has gone free to play, before being scrapped entirely.