World of Warcraft Drops to 7.6 Million Subscribers
World of Warcraft is down to 7.6 million subscribers, Blizzard announced during its Q3 earnings call yesterday. This constitutes a drop of 100k subscribers since the Q2 earnings call.
Blizzard revealed some figures and information for its other franchises as well. Diablo 3 has sold over 14 million copies across all platforms, and in North America, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm was the #1 PC game for the first nine months of 2013. At Blizzcon 2013 this weekend, the upcoming free-to-play title Heroes of the Storm will be playable.
The company’s Q3 performance was better than expected, Blizzard also revealed. It attributes this success to increased engagement from WoW’s Siege of Orgrimmar content update and Diablo 3′s successful PS3 and Xbox 360 launch. Blizzard’s new F2P digital collectible card game, HearthStone, has been received “enthusiastically” and is driving toward open beta.
While it wasn’t so long ago that I recall WoW’s subscriber count hovering around 11 million, I think it’s still laudable that a nine year old game manages to retain so many subscribers. I’m not one of those subscribers, but 7.6M is still an impressive number.