World of Warcraft Is So Five Years Ago

The Atlantic
World of Warcraft Is So Five Years Ago

View photo

World of Warcraft Is So Five Years Ago

Iranian gamers may be freaking out about losing access to World of Warcraft, but apparently the game as a whole is falling from its nerdy perch, according to an interactive chart by Paid Content's Robert Andrews:

RELATED: Iranian Gamers Totally Bummed That They Can't Play 'World of Warcraft'

RELATED: Iraq Suddenly Curious to See What Iran's Delivering to Syria

Andrews used data from WoW developer Activision-Blizzard's majority owner Vivendi to make the chart. If you go to the original, you can roll over dots to see the exact number of subscribers in each quarter. In the latest quarter, the game had 9.1 million subscribers, which is nearly the same as the level five years ago.

RELATED: We're Dreaming of a 3D iPad

Blizzard CEO Michael Morhaime said in an earnings call that the drop in users was coming from the East, which Andrews explains may be due to a competitive gaming market in China.

RELATED: Kanye West Raps Against Attacking Iran

Despite its decline, WoW is still the biggest subscription-based multiplayer online role-playing game in the world, Morhaime said. So active WoW players need not worry about losing friends. Well, unless you're Iranian.

RELATED: Behind Turkey's Nuclear Deal With Iran

To explore the chart more, go to Paid Content.

View Comments (113)