Nov 9, 2011

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WoW Subscriptions Drop 10 Percent

WoW Subscriptions Drop 10 Percent

Blizzard has been in some strange spots of late. The surge of free-to-play games (and their success) threatens the subscription model that has kept World of Warcraft generating billions since 2004, and major competition is right around the corner with Star Wars: The Old Republic. Starcraft 2 has established a major presence in the pro gaming scene, while Diablo III has generate controversy for its “always online” requirement.

In the midst of all this, Blizzard has announced a surprising figure – World of Warcraft subscriptions have dropped from 11.4 to 10.3 million since May of this year. That’s a 10 percent reduction in a community that hasn’t seen growth since it peaked at 12 million over a year ago. In a conference all, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime addressed the situation:

Our development team is constantly analyzing the game, and we’re continuing to explore ways that we can adjust the game to better satisfy both hard-core and casual players.

Time will tell if “Mists of Pandaria”, the recently-announced fourth expansion to the game, will draw in new players or help retain the current base.

What do you think about WoW’s subscription decline? Do you enjoy free-to-play MMOs like DC Universe Online, or are you simply waiting for The Old Republic? Let us know in the comments below.

[Source: Massively]