World of Warcraft Could Lose As Many As 1.6 Million Players To Star Wars: The Old Republic

Lizard Capital Markets did a survey of World of Warcraft players that showed some interesting/alarming data. The survey said half of the 381 players polled would buy Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Lizard, extrapolating the data, determined the WoW is prepared to lose anywhere from 900,000 to 1.6 million players to BioWare’s game.

Does this come as a surprise to anyone? I’m certainly not surprised. WoW has been losing players at an alarming rate already, and so it makes sense that they would lose more to the biggest new MMO of the year. Everybody is going to play this game for a little while at least. Hell, I’m even considering getting it, and that’s just absurd.

Watch out, Blizzard.

via Develop

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7 Comments on World of Warcraft Could Lose As Many As 1.6 Million Players To Star Wars: The Old Republic

Brandon J. Clark

On November 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

All I know is I’ll be playing the SWTOR beta this weekend like a MOTHERER!


On November 23, 2011 at 11:27 am

I am sorry to say the exodus will likely be short lived. TOR is incredibly linear, with only one planet per level range to drag every one of your toons along the same journey. I want SWTOR to be great, but after many months in the Beta, it just wont be a good substitute for the MMO experience folks are accustomed to.

Eric Rodrig

On November 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm

It’s Blizzards own fault for players leaving that crappy game. They’ve watered down the game and now of all things, they’re bring in Pandas and pokeman style battles. Are you kidding me? Plus, 15 levels before getting a new talent? For me this is the starw that broke the camels back.

I’ve played WoW for many years and I can’t wait for SWTOR to go live. I’ve already canceled my WoW account and I will not go back. Even had Starwars not begun, I still would of quit WoW. The game has been crap for a long time and now it’ll get worse.

I believe it will be a lot more then the figure stated of players leaving that game for starwars. Then again, as crappy and bad as the community is in WoW, I wish most of them stayed there instead of coming to starwars.

Eric Rodrig

On November 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Hey Shyfty,and WoW is better? You must be mad.

Blizzard is now targeting pre-schoolers with their junk. But I guess some players like kiddie type games instead of new innovations like what Bioware is putting out.


On November 23, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Wow started failing when they released the frozen throne, that was when they started dumbing everything down.

I remember back in Burning Crusade when I would see a vodka member run around in tier 6 gear when everyone else was still in Serpentshrine Cavern, I too eventually managed to find a guild where we worked hard and managed to clear all of the end game raids even got a couple kills in at Sunwell with Kil’Jaeden before frozen throne came out. That feeling of respect you earn from doing something like that when only a couple other guilds can do what you did and having the gear to prove it is awesome and that’s all gone in the game now.

It was the same with Final Fantasy 11, that game was a thousand times harder then wow, If you want to feel pride in accomplishing something truly a pain in the ass then play that game, took me 5 or 6 months to get access to sea in that game, a zone and I was in the second guild at the time to get there.

Red Menace

On November 24, 2011 at 12:28 am

For a month.

Dondura Miller

On January 25, 2012 at 9:23 am

I started playing at the end of BC and went all through the LK saga and I can say it is now almost dumbed down to the point that the only thing we do now is sit around and talk trash in trade. In my own family, Blizz lost 11 members to SWTOR in a week. None have stated they are coming back until Blizzard stops making Azeroth a zoo. And China is making a killing with multiboxing and I hear from many ex members of WOW that this one thing killed it for them.