Mists of Pandaria Pushes World of Warcraft Subscriber Numbers Back Over 10 Million

October 4, 2012 -

While many have been keen to point out the continued decline of Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft subscriber numbers, there's some good news for the company today: the latest expansion has given the game a boost past the 10 million subscriber mark. Back in August Blizzard revealed that its paid subscriber numbers had fallen to 9.1 million.

"It’s been gratifying to see the results of all of the work we put into this expansion and to hear all of the positive feedback from players so far," Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said.

Blizzard also announced that around 2.7 million copies of the expansion were sold in its first week of release between September 25 and October 2. Those numbers do not include sales in China either, so they are probably a lot higher than what has initially been reported.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria adds the Pandaren race, the new land of Pandaria, and a higher level cap of 90.

Source: IGN


Comments

Re: Mists of Pandaria Pushes World of Warcraft Subscriber ...

Many people I knew who left were only unsubbed out of pure boredom with the game. Now there's stuff to do, so many are coming back, and there are likely many new players.

This "X will kill WoW" stuff has been going on since Burning Crusade. As I recall the latest "WoW killer" didn't even make it halfway to a million subscribers.

Plus all the claims that the Pandaren were WoW running out of ideas or copying Kung Fu Panda.

If anything it brought out the who know little to nothing about the game world they take part in.

Re: Mists of Pandaria Pushes World of Warcraft Subscriber ...

Can I say "I told you so" yet?

Even assuming the extreme case - that everyone who bought the expansion had quit and nobody who was still playing did (when realistically the ones who didn't are probably a rounding error), this is still a full 50% better than the gloom and doom estimate posted the other day. Granted another 300k sales in almost a week isn't impressive on its own, but that's still arguing from a fringe case where none of the 9.1 million have upgraded.

 
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