Massacre for the studio losing millions of players


A new quarter ends and now companies can publish financial results releases. Those from Activision Blizzard were released recently, leaving the most curious to analyze the numbers. And at first glance, the horizon for the American studio is not entirely rosy, as several million players are missing. A massacre that could herald an unfortunate trend for the father of Diablo, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch.

several million lost players

On the Blizzard production page, players exit the ship. As the company’s financial results have shown, the number of players playing Blizzard games is steadily declining. In the past three months, the number of players has grown from 29 to 27 million. A trend that hasn’t been new for three years. The number of players playing various Blizzard games has decreased by 11 million, a decrease of 29%. Even though players are pulling out, the company continues to generate good numbers. Better still, his income goes up. For the fiscal year, Blizzard saw sales increase 7%.

The reason for these beautiful results? The popular release of Shadowlands, the latest expansion for World of Warcraft. Additionally, Hearthstone, its card game, recently welcomed its Forged in the Barrens expansion. Extensions that gamers old and new had to get their hands on. The most surprising piece of information hidden in these financial results is the number of Overwatch players. Despite an apparent lack of fresh content, Blizzard’s FPS saw a 10 million increase in new players, just that. Aside from that umpteenth welcome breath, Blizzard Productions strive to keep their players.

And they are looking for novelty for good reason. Despite endless regular expansions, Blizzard strives to offer a large production. The last date of 2016 and is none other than Overwatch. Since then, water has flowed under the bridges and the American studio is trying hard to keep the players completely satisfied. Projects are in development, namely Diablo IV and Overwatch 2. With their respective releases, the studio may offer three more smaller titles: Diablo 2: Resurrected, WoW Classic: The Burning Crusade, and Diablo Immortal.

Many fans of the studio have been disappointed with Blizzard’s decisions since merging with Activision. The promising studio of the late 90s would be a shadow of itself. It remains to be seen whether the next Blizzard productions will allow it to go up the hill and, most importantly, win back the lost hearts of its early fans. Answer in the coming months.