World of Warcraft Subscriptions Decrease By 800,000
Fall in subscribers attributed to the end of life of the current expansion.
By Jimmy ChampaneWorld of Warcraft lost 800,000 subscribers during the April-June quarter, publisher Activision Blizzard announced today in its latest earnings report. As of June 30, the total subscriber count was down to 6.8 million from 7.8 million as of this past February.
The drop in subscribers is attributed to the end of life of the current expansion, and the decrease is in line with the last expansion's decrease during its transition phase.
Despite the slip in subscriber numbers, Blizzard says that revenues for World of Warcraft are up thanks to over 1.5 million pre-orders of the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion. The release date will be announced very soon; remember, pre-ordering gets you an early boost to level 90. Be sure to check out IGN's preview of Warlords for more on how it's making the old game new again.