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Posted: Nov 14th 2007 11:31PM (Unverified) said

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I think it's all China. If you trust in the numbers from warcraftrealms.com, the US pop is now lower then it was prior to BC.

Posted: Nov 14th 2007 11:45PM (Unverified) said

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I think you're correct. Blizzard/Vivendi likes to spin the numbers including China and it's telling that they're not so eager to release figures about other markets.

Nevertheless, even the slowly dwindling North American and European subscriber base is still several times larger than the nearest competitors such as Lord of the Rings Online or EVE Online.

World of Warcraft won't be on top forever, but I think it will be a while yet before it goes to the backburner, don't you?

Posted: Nov 15th 2007 12:06AM (Unverified) said

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No doubt they will be on top for long time yet. I'm curious to see what effect Wrath of the Lich King has on the US numbers. Whether an expansion will still have the same effect Burning Crusade had or not.

Posted: Nov 15th 2007 12:11AM (Unverified) said

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I expect they'll experience some diminishing returns with WotLK, since players have to have done the 60-70 content in TBC to enjoy the 70-80 WotLK content; that means the only people WotLK will attract will be people who already tried and stuck with TBC.

Posted: Nov 15th 2007 12:58PM (Unverified) said

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What about other MMOs such as Ragnarok Online ? I remember to have read, somewhere, that it gathered much more subscription than WoW. I'll try to find the info to bring it back here.

Posted: Nov 15th 2007 11:15AM (Unverified) said

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Originally commented on the Exsteel thread in response to the wow subscriber number mentioned there, but this is a better place for this comment:

I personally believe that Blizzard fudges their numbers. Since they technically never allow account deletion (you can only terminate your current subscription but can reopen it and reactivate your account at any time) my belief is that Blizzard reports on the total number of accounts they have... not the total number of active accounts.

Anecdotal evidence such as lots of reports of "emptier" servers and the fact that the global wowarmory only contains 4+ million characters (at how many per account) seems to support this theory.

Posted: Nov 15th 2007 5:11PM (Unverified) said

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Ragnarok Online does indeed have significantly more players than WoW. But its penetration of Western markets is comparatively negligible.

People raise interesting and very valid questions when they ask how much of WoW's current success is due solely to China. Sadly we don't have any specific numbers, so this sort of talk ends up being very fuzzy-like. It's still safe to say that WoW is still way, way above the competition in North America, though.

...for now. But not forever.

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