In its latest earnings call, Activision Blizzard forfeited that World of WarCraft is dying slowly and that the famous MMORPG has lost 1.3 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2013 alone.
According to Activision Blizzard, the number of World of WarCraft subscribers has declined by 14% in Q1 2013 and that the total now is 8.3 million. Moreover, the company expects the number to keep falling as more free-to-play games get released.
But WoW’s decline didn’t really hurt Activion Bizzard’s bottom line since other franchises have picked up its slack. In fact, the giant publisher’s registered total sales of $1.32 billion in Q1 2013, almost 16% more than last year’s Q1 total sales of $1.17 billion. The company’s net income for the period is $456 million, a $72 million improvement over last year’s $384 million.