Blizzard Admits The Old Republic Is Luring WoW Subscribers

For years World of WarCraft maintained its position as the number one MMORPG and no other paid MMO managed to change that until now.

World of WarCraft developer, Blizzard, admitted that it has seen a considerable drop in monthly subscriptions and that this drop is largely attributed to the recent launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic 3 months ago.

The Old Republic was launched on December 20th, 2011 and it managed to attain more than 1 million subscribers within 3 days. Currently, the game has more than 1.7 million active subscribers.

"We certainly do look at [where WoW players go], and we have a very smart bunch of guys who do our analytics for us," World of Warcraft producer John Lagrave explained. "Of course people are trying Star Wars -- our development team are trying Star Wars! I'm one of the few people who are still playing it actually, but yeah we've seen a dip in subs."

"It certainly has to at least be attributable to The Old Republic," he said before adding that "it's also attributable to people who want to wait and get Mists of Pandaria [WoW expansion pack due for release later this year], so it's not surprising."

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Blizzard lost their true hardcore players when they started to make this game a joke. Epic gear used to be epic to get, now you can get it off quest. I remember when I was full T3 and I had like 30 ppl inspecting me at IF. The players were dreaming of being that OP and they put the time to get it. Now, you can get epic gear being a casual player. The game isn't elitist players anymore, this is why it fails now. Only the shitty, dumb and the people that completly destroyed their social life for this game.


WoW is okay if the players didn't suck balls - as in rude. If one wouldn't get kicked out of groups for not haviing the best gear or they may have picked up an item some other member feels they deserve then people can actually have fun playing the game. To many other examples to mention. I still have a month and half subscription left and only played a handful of times after that off the hard drive it goes.


i'll ask your girlfriend to sit on my face to kill me?...oh wait you don't have a GF TROLOLOLOLOLOLOLO mofu!!(me kidding your cool)

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Quote from Article:"For years World of WarCraft maintained its position as the number one MMORPG and no other paid MMO managed to change that until now."

This basically says that WOW is not the #1 game anymore. Bitch please, 10 million versus 1 million subscribers? Very misleading sentence.

During March, SW:TOR active player based decreased more than did WOW's during the same period. Proof here at: [url removed]

So, based on the above, people are already tiring of old republic after 3 months. Probably their subscribers are going back to WoW soon...I do not play WoW, just pointing out the facts.


Blizzard almost sounds like its proud for losing subscribers. There is simply no substitute for Yoda in the WoW franchise, man not even a half orc/troll fits the cut.

Blizzard you Lazy Biotches

lets face it Blizzard. Your game is ugly. The graphics are outdated. The games getting boring. I hope everyone leaves your game. Support companies that innovate. This biotch ass company has been sitting on their ass's for years doing very little to innovate the game. Stop giving Blizzard your money. These biotches don't deserve it. Go play a MMO that deserves your lunch money.

Screw you Blizzard. I quit playing your shitty @ss game ages ago and finally millions and millions are following.

You smell what the rocks cooking biotch.

It's been years since they

It's been years since they made a single player game! Even the latest starcraft it all turned to online gaming. Fuck it's time they start making games again and stop releasing expansions over expansions and updates for their online content.

WOW aged badly

WOW aged badly.Why they don't update their engine, models, animations, particle effects?
This year Thera and Guild Wars 2 will be out.
There there is Rift, ArcheAge, Loong and Aion.The graphic and artistic touch in them are miles better than Wow.
Then there are fREE WOW clones...that have same graphic, same gameplay, same GUI...they are the same GAME:Runes of Magic, Allods, Alganon, 4Story.
Why people still play wow?Just because...they spent 8 years levelling their character..collecting their achievements and pets...and they are so lazy and slave of habits...that they don't want to start from the beginning again.
Young generations..don't have this problem...they try wow...they see how much graphic sucks..and they switch almost immediately..that's why Blizzard oriented in just saving their old subscribers...not in looking for new ones..

Please do....

Please do kill yourself. I am sick and tired of hearing people bitch about grammar,spelling etc. It is not really the forum to correct people's grammar. If this a freaking classroom??? If you don't like it go read some English f#@king literature.

i aggree man. i am

i aggree man. i am intelligent enough to have completely assertained the subject and point of your post...with no need for grammar. maybe it's just me.

i'm high i have no idea what i just said..but i still agree.

Not surprising that you

Not surprising that you "aggree" since you can't spell "ascertain" or agree". A case of the the dumb leading the dumber. Should have paid some attention in those classes boys :)

Poor grammar, spelling, format, construction etc make your posts so hard to read... that people gettired and give up.

That is because...

American's, Australians, and Europeans aren't playing the game anymore. Should we start making the game better? "No, design the game around Chinese culture and we'll release the game there."

Is funny that they are

Is funny that they are worried about people leaving their game to play TOR... yet they are also playing it as well. I know they are just doing it for R&A but still, it's hard not to see the irony on it :P

If you actually read the

If you actually read the article, you'd see that they're not worried at all, it's really sarcasm.

SWTOR is an empty game, it got a shitload of subscribers, but no one is playing anymore, new statistics for this, or next month, should show that.

(I know, because I actually play it)

Blizzard is worried about

Blizzard is worried about losing people in WoW... it's not a secret that game has been losing suscribers like crazy during the last few months. That is one of the reasons after the crazy "gifts" they are giving to players that decide to come back to the game when the new expansion comes out. I for one never got into the MMORPG bandwagon... to me the gameplay for those games is as dull as it can be... got tired of the "go there, kill that, and come back" quest thingy. And the whole "killing" part is not really fun when all you do is left click an enemy and just wait for your character to go on doing the killing on its own.


While you are entitled to your opinion about how the game plays is and I respect your opinion about how it is dull however it is not as simple as clicking the boss and letting your character hack and slash until he is dead. If you ever truly played WoW then you would know that it is quite a bit more complex than that. That being said, I got tired of playing WoW also because of how little imagination Blizzard has put into the game. Shitty graphics, repetitive game play and the time, not to mention money, one must dedicate to play the game is baffling. WoW has been THE MMORPG to play forever, 10 million users spending hundreds of dollars a year and they cannot update or improve game play? Come on Blizzard...

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