World of Warcraft subs still 7.8 million strong
Doomsayers may say that World of Warcraft is slowly dying out, but Activision Blizzard argues it remains the #1 subscription-based MMORPG in the world with roughly 7.8 million subscribers as of the end of 2013.
The number was revealed together with Activision Blizzard's financial results for the last quarter of 2013.
Based on the company's definition, World of Warcraft subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or have an active prepaid card to play World of Warcraft, as well as those who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access.
So-called Internet Game Room players who have accessed the game over the last thirty days are also counted as subscribers.
But the 7.8 million subscriber count excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or cancelled subscriptions, and expired prepaid cards.
Still, it can also be argued that 7.8 million is a far cry from the record-smashing 12 million MMORPG subscribers the game had several years back in the height of its popularity.
How does Activision Blizzard plan to lift the subscriber count, or at the very least, keep it from dipping further?
Well, there's the new expansion in the pipeline that will likely renew interest among new and old players alike. With pre-orders are set to begin soon, we might see the subscriber numbers for the online rpg tick up this 2014.