Thursday, July 1, 2010

So Tobold questions my WoW numbers ...

And is certain I made them up : Tobold's numeracy, but perhaps he should have done some research first.

And right when I want to make a reply on his blog, he locks it because someone apparently was critisizing it ... mmkay then.


Either way, here are the sources :

Links for 11,5m subs on Jan 10 2010 :
http://seekingalpha.com/article/203610-activision-blizzard-q1-2010-earnings-call-transcript?source=bnet
and
http://kotaku.com/5469063/world-of-warcraft-no-growth-since-2008
and
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/98245-Only-30-Percent-of-WoW-Players-Get-Past-Level-10

Link for 11,6m subs on may 2009 :
http://www.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/e3_2009_blizzard_accepts_guinness_world_record_awards/

Link for 12m subs on January 2009 :
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL246439220090302?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0
and
http://kotaku.com/5469063/world-of-warcraft-no-growth-since-2008

Link for 11,5m subs on December 2008 :
http://eu.blizzard.com/en-gb/company/press/pressreleases.html?081223

Furthermore, even tho WoW has been down due to some difficulties in China, it was only down for a month and there were people playing in both June and July ( downtime was from June 7 till the end of July ).
But in July it was closed beta ( free to play ), so I agree technically it was incorrect to not show it on the graphs.
http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=25337
http://www.jlmpacificepoch.com/newsstories?id=149114_0_5_0_M
Commercial operation relaunched in Sept 19 http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0245010720091102

I will change my charts on the next update to represent the downtime, so the critics have even less basis to their arguments.

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