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UPDATE: 10.1M Subscribers Statement is a Misquote

Posted by Suzie Ford on Oct 04, 2016  | Comments

UPDATE: 10.1M Subscribers Statement is a Misquote -

UPDATE: According to, the statement of 10.1M subscribers is a misquote or a misunderstanding on the part of the journalist".  

Thanks to BlueTurtle13 and Mnemic666 for intrepid detective work!


A Polish interview with PIXEL magazine, Blizzard's Tom Chilton has stated that World of Warcraft currently has 10.1M subscribers and that the team is hopeful that the number will grow to 12M to rival Overwatch.

You've had your peak at around 12M players. At the end of 2015, it was 5.5M, then Blizzard stopped reporting numbers. Could you say, how many subscribers there is currently?

As we speak, there is around 10.1M. You know, it's hard to tell what the future is going to bring. We have our inner rivalry with Overwatch, but it's still possible that we'll jump over 12M again. There is a lot of potential players and there is over 100M World of Warcraft accounts created.

You can read a partial translation on the World of Warcraft Reddit site.

As PCGamesN states, this does seem slightly out of character for Blizzard since mid-2015 when the company decided to stop publishing subscriber numbers. 

We'll keep you posted!

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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