World of Warcraft Loses 1.1 Million Subs, Diablo 3 sells 10 Million
In yesterday’s Activision / Blizzard Q2 financial call, PC gamers got two interesting bits of news.
First, the company reported that World of Warcraft, the industry’s biggest MMO, now has 9.1 million subscribers. That’s a sharp decline from February’s 10.2 million report. While this number seems awfully large, Blizzard head Mike Morhaime was quick to point out that subscriptions always drop prior to the release of new expansions, and that this drop was larger than others due to people taking a break from WoW to play Diablo 3.
Speaking of Diablo 3, Blizzard also announced that over 10 million people had, “entered the world of Sanctuary.” Diablo 3 was the best selling PC game of the last six months, so there may be something to Morhaime’s contention that WoW players are off killing different demons for a while.
Lastly, Blizzard also said that a Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm bets would be coming “soon.” Of course, given Blizzard’s track record of releasing things “when they’re done,” that “soon” could be open to a lot of interpretation. We’ll keep an eye on it, and let you know as soon as we know more.