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My first prediction for 2013: World of Warcraft will lose 3 million subscribers.
At the Mobile Gaming Europe conference last week, I predicted that 2013 will be a tipping point for World of Warcraft, in a bad way. I believe that time is running out on the most successful game...
- Posted 161 days ago
The online games market was worth $15 billion in 2009, and will grow to $20 billion in 2010
How much is the online games industry worth? It’s a tough question, and is plagued by a difficulty of definitions. For example, Inside Social Games estimates that only half of the $1.6 billion they forecast to be...
- Posted 1063 days ago
How much did the Chinese downtime for World of Warcraft cost Activision?
World of Warcraft’s servers have been down for a couple of month now, but the end appears to be in sight. GamaSutra reports that the Chinese government has now approved a “limited beta” to start on July...
- Posted 1390 days ago
Sam Raimi to direct Warcraft movie
This isn’t strictly about the business of games, but I’m excited by it. Blizzard, Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures have announced that Sam Raimi is to direct the Warcraft movie. Raimi is the acclaimed director of Spider-Man,...
- Posted 1398 days ago
Is World of Warcraft really a hub of sociability?
In a pleasing reversal of the usual “EverQuest destroyed my marriage” story, the BBC has highlighted stories where World of Warcraft has brought families close together. Covering relationships which led “as I’m sure you can imagine cybersex”,...
- Posted 1411 days ago
World of Warcraft loses 6 million users
To lose a million users may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose 6 million looks like carelessness. World of Warcraft may be in imminent danger of losing its crown as the largest massively-multiplayer online role-playing game...
- Posted 1413 days ago
Did The9′s relationship with EA cost it 90% of its revenue?
Last week, Activision announced that it would be shifting the Chinese licence for World of Warcraft from The9 to Netease. This is pretty bad news for The9. To quote their 2007 20-F annual report filed with the SEC: “99%...
- Posted 1489 days ago