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World of Warcraft subscriber numbers reach a 9-year low

Even with the new expansion for World of Warcraft launching last month, subscriber numbers are dwindling

By Anthony Garreffa on Aug 5, 2015 06:24 am CDT - 0 mins, 47 secs reading time

Activision Blizzard may have released its latest "Fury of Hellfire" expansion on June 23, something that the publisher says "helped stabilize the subscriber number towards the end of the quarter" but subscriber numbers on World of Warcraft are dropping to new lows.


World of Warcraft now has 5.6 million subscribers as of June 30, but Blizzard President Mike Morhaime noted that the Warlords of Draenor expansion had more players returning to the game than any previous expansion. Morhaime also noted that the company is aiming to increase the pace of content going into the future to keep gamers' interest high on the game, and he's also confident that the World of Warcraft movie being released next year will bring in more players.

When the Mists of Pandaria expansion was released, World of Warcraft subscriber numbers dropped to 6.8 million, but with an exodus of an additional 1.2 million players, World of Warcraft is definitely not as popular as it used to be.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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