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Posted: Feb 9th 2012 5:05PM GreatWolfFenris said

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ONLY 10.2 million subscribers. My god...Azeroth must be a ghost town.

Posted: Feb 9th 2012 5:16PM axler said

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@GreatWolfFenris

The subscription numbers are irrelevant in that regard. If that is what you are interested in then check how many players a game can manage on one server. Wow has very low numbers of players per server cause they have a lot of people.

I don't know which game happens to have the most people on one server but I would guess its eve seeing how they only run one server.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2012 5:27PM silver001 said

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@axler half of wow player base is in asia. So the reason y server feels empty might be because they have way too many servers.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2012 5:32PM Hords said

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@axler
Check your sarcasm detector, I think the batteries are low.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2012 5:47PM scfs123 said

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@GreatWolfFenris 10 million players, and most servers are ghost towns.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2012 6:06PM Rhazes said

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@scfs123 Probably, because 9.5 million is China subs.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2012 6:32PM Braiks said

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@Rhazes About half of the population is from Asia not 9.5 million.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2012 7:15PM Wild Colors said

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@GreatWolfFenris

Seriously. At this rate, it will be down to "just" 5 million people by....*does a little math*....2025!

Hopefully they'll have done a graphical update by then.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2012 7:35PM Cyroselle said

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@GreatWolfFenris Depending on server, yeah, might be. :D


I seriously do wonder how many of those are from the distributors in Asia.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2012 7:42PM (Unverified) said

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@GreatWolfFenris

Nothing to see here people, keep moving >.>

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Posted: Feb 9th 2012 7:45PM freebase said

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@Wild Colors

It took them a year to lose almost 2 million. I think you need more help with your math.
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Posted: Feb 10th 2012 4:05AM oddshrub said

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@Rhazes wow closed in china in 2009 but nice try
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Posted: Feb 10th 2012 5:04AM (Unverified) said

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@oddshrub
No they didn't. They were down for 3 months due to the transition between The9 and Netease, but they have been running ever since.

They even released Wrath late summer of 2010 in China, and Cataclysm about 6 months later. Better check your facts before you say something like that.
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Posted: Feb 10th 2012 3:44PM Luluna said

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@Rhazes Chinese people sub to US game...riiiight. Ever heard of 'The Great Firewall of China'?
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Posted: Feb 10th 2012 4:08PM (Unverified) said

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@Luluna
You do realize WoW is in fact in China right? Traditionally a little more than half of all WoW subs have been in Asia with China accounting for a full third of all WoW subs.

There was even the controversy where the Chinese government would not allow Wrath to be released there over the depictions of the undead. Blizzard had to make major changes and Wrath wasn't released in China until September of 2010. They had been on BC for over 3 1/2 years.
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Posted: Feb 13th 2012 9:01AM kalipou134 said

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Curious to see how much of that 10mil is from china
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Posted: Feb 13th 2012 3:13PM blueimpact said

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@Braiks

Ever heard of mule accounts?
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 10:56PM (Unverified) said

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@GreatWolfFenris I agree with other posters that the "only" 10.2 million number is misleading. Probably about 60% of the subs are in Asia, though that number was from way back in 2008. Blizzard is going to have to start considering merging servers soon. The Finder and Cross-Server Battleground queue aren't affected but if you want to do any normal questing that's going to become an issue.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2012 5:05PM (Unverified) said

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Not surprising. Been a while since the last expansion. There are new games to try. Im sure quite a few will come back w/ the Pandas.

Posted: Feb 9th 2012 7:13PM (Unverified) said

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Why do you think so? Wrath added no new subscribers and Cataclysm cost subscribers. So 2 out of 3 expansions, the last 2, brought in no new net subscriptions.
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