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WoW tops 9.3 million subscribers

World of Warcraft continues strong growth; powers Vivendi earnings in third quarter.

Vivendi's third quarter earnings came out on November 14th with the company reporting "continued momentum" thanks to Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft, the game's first expansion which released in January and more recently China late in the third quarter, as well as subscriber revenues. Revenues for the company increased by 50% over last year to-date, with third quarter earnings increasing by 19% over the same period in 2006, at 216 million euros ($315.2 million).

Further powering the gaming juggernaut's sales in the quarter was the successful release of Massive Entertainment's "World in Conflict" - an online action-strategy game designed for competitive play.

Most importantly, though, is that Blizzard's stalwart MMO continues to thrive in a market currently dominated by console shooters. World of Warcraft has shrugged off the release of such hits as BioShock, Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, and Valve's Orange Box to continued growth - reaching a staggering 9.3 million subscribers - an increase of 1 million since December of last year and 300,000 since July's announcement of 9 million subscribers.

Comments

  • #1

    ah ok.Nice going blizzard. The number may rise more closer the expansion release. U leally dont have to worry about being lonley when playing thats for sure ^^

  • #2

    Crazy there was a post on the wow forums where Neathera cleared that up. She said that those numbers are of active accounts only. They don't count accounts that aren't currently being paid for.

  • #3

    and how many are active subscribers? i have an account and i havent played for a while now. Dont know if the inactive are included or not

  • #4

    Hmm, Regarding Warcraftrealms.com US WoW loose much players every month. EU server grovs a bit at same rate as they do before BC. However EU population grow is almost same as US player loss. Dunno what about China WoW.

    2nd expansion will be released in about November 2008. In Feburary we'll got 2.4 patch and blizzard don't want make this second Naxx mean only few guilds will touch Sunwell raid dungeon.

  • #5

    @Lolthaer
    I did miss it too I think ?

  • #6

    woot

    i hope WoW never dies... i think i might cry

  • #7

    "Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft, the game's second expansion which released in January" when was the second expansion released?

    Lothaer

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