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World of Warcraft lost 600,000 subscribers over Q2 2013

Activision Blizzard announced that World of Warcraft's subscriber base has shrunk to 7.7 million users, down from the 8.3 million subscribers it reported three months ago. Last quarter's report revealed that World of Warcraft lost 14 percent of its players between January and March, as 1.3 milli...

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World of Warcraft subscribers drop by 1.3 million in three months

World of Warcraft's subscriber base is down to 8.3 million as of March 31, representing a 14 percent drop in the past three months. In the previous-quarter financials, Activision-Blizzard said the MMO had 9.6 million subscribers, but 1.3 million have since said so long to Azeroth. "Though the ma...

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Blizzcon tickets available April 24 and 27

Blizzcon won't be returning to the Anaheim Convention Center until this November, but tickets will go on sale (and inevitably sell out) this month. Specifically, tickets will be available in two batches, with the first going on sale April 24 at 7pm Pacific. The second batch is set for April 27 at 1...

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World of Warcraft subscribers dip to 9.6 million, up from Cataclysm low

When the Mists of Pandaria expansion launched for World of Warcraft, Activision Blizzard reported more than 10 million players, up from 9.1 million after Cataclysm. In today's financial call, Activision reported World of Warcraft had 9.6 million subscribers. It's like a roller coaster, kind of....

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World of Warcraft cities become insta-deathtraps, hacker suspected

Entire cities of players and NPCs in World of Warcraft are being wiped out in a solitary blow, WoW Insider reports. The death traps began on European servers, in the cities of Ogrimmar and Stormwind, and have since spread to Tarren Mill, Ragnaros, Draenor, Twisting Nether and other realms, and i...

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Blizzard cites US trade restrictions for disconnecting Iranian players

Blizzard Entertainment has disconnected Iranian players from Battle.net, preventing access to online-required games World of Warcraft and Diablo 3. The company states it has tightened its procedures to comply with current US law. "Blizzard Entertainment cannot speak to any reports surrounding the I...

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Pachter: Activision Blizzard spinoff 'far more likely' than Vivendi sale

Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter has weighed in on recent speculation suggesting Vivendi would get rid of its stake in Activision Blizzard, following mounting reports that the French conglomerate is trying to sell the game publisher. Although a sale is "likely the preferred route" for Vivendi, Pacht...

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Joyswag & Unboxing: 'Collector's Edition' World of Warcraft Monopoly

USAopoly and Blizzard have teamed up to develop a special, World of Warcraft-themed "Collector's Edition" Monopoly set, which lands at retailers tomorrow. Not only did we get a first look at the final product, the team at Joystiq is reluctantly giving it away to one lucky reader. Get a detailed loo...

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Blizzard cuts 600 employees, most not in game development

Blizzard has laid off 600 employees, 90 percent of whom are not involved in game development, a statement from Activision Blizzard reads. The cuts do not impact the World of Warcraft development team, the publisher was quick to assure, and its development and publishing schedules will not be affect...

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Monopoly: World of Warcraft, Risk: StarCraft available this year

For years, WoW had a monopoly on the MMO market, so why not celebrate that with a board game? Blizzard Entertainment and USAopoly will launch Monopoly: World of Warcraft and Risk: StarCraft before year's end. A Facebook vote will determine what tokens make it into the final version of the Azeroth r...

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