Just in from Blizzard Entertainment

Discussion in 'PC Gaming' started by LordOfLA, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    I've just received the following email. One wonders what Blizzard USA is up to to necessitate this change?

     
  2. LeeJend

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    Bankruptcy?

    Off shoring? French IT works cheaper.
     
  3. ElementalDragon

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    HAH! Bankruptcy. that's a laugh.

    several million people paying roughly what.... $17-20/mo? so in one month they're basically rolling in well over $10,000,000 in subscription fee's. Yeah.... i don't see Bankruptcy being the reason. Maybe it's your second explanation.... cheaper work... = more money for their own greedy a**es.
     
  4. Dark Atheist

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    tax - less of it maybe :)
     
  5. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    Could also be that 90+% of WoW players aren't from the US? :)
     
  6. electrickpirate

    electrickpirate pirate extraordinaire

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    90%?? that means if blizz has roughly 12 million players, then only 1.2 million are in the US. I think a 10% US pop. is way off.

    Surprisingly, not easy info to find, but i did find this when Blizz had 10 mil.

    "The game now has 10 million paying subscribers worldwide. This includes 5.5 million players in Asia, 2.5 million in the US and 2 million in Europe. The membership amount is around $15 per month for one member."
    http://techcrunchies.com/how-many-play-world-of-warcraft/

    That puts it at about a 25% Us pop, 20% Europe and 55% Asia.
    I'm gunna guess it has something to do with tax/financial situation and nothing to do with the location of its player base.
     
  7. ElementalDragon

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    Or maybe cause Europe and such has higher internet bandwidth possibilities? Planning ahead for more future subscribers and trying to minimize the possibility of lag?
     
  8. LordOfLA

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    Well BT keep promising 50mbit FTTC broadband by 2012 here in the UK. It'll be copper from the street cabinet to the house but fibre the rest of the way.

    Much like the cable broadband networks here.
     
  9. Steevo

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    French: We strike for anything.


    Just wait untill the strike starts, and the hardlines get unplugged by a disgruntled guy with a strange odor and bad accent.
     
  10. vern

    vern Dominus Political User Folding Team

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    I don't know why this is at all surprising when Blizzard's parent company before was Vivendi before Vivendi themselves changed their name to Activison Blizzard since Blizzard was a brand more well known to western players.
     
  11. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    Uuhh...... Vivendi didn't change it's name out of nowhere. According to the Wiki, Vivendi changed their name to Activision Blizzard after Vivendi and Activision merged, so they could rival Electronic Arts. Vivendi is still the majority stockholder.
     
  12. vern

    vern Dominus Political User Folding Team

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    Who said Vivendi changed their name out of nowhere?