World of Warcraft made $1 Billion revenue last year

$1 BILLION DOLLARS!

World of Warcraft made $1 Billion revenue last year   

World of Warcraft's $1 Billion in revenue

When we talk about MMO's we usually say it is a dying breed, since World of Warcraft peak in 2010 the subscription base has droped to around 2/3 of its peak size. Now there are around 23.4 million subscribers.

According to research from SuperData, there is a lot, and I mean a lot of money to be made from MMOs. World of Warcraft still occupies the top position with over $1 Billion in revenue and a market share of 36%, with the total market being worth $2,882 Million.

Here is a summary of SuperData's findings below;

World of Warcraft made $1 Billion revenue last year   

Where does that money go?

We can see here that each of these companies have a lot of money generating from every one of the games here, which should make you wonder, where does this money go? Of-course there are direct service costs, servers and the general infrastructure required to keep the game running, constantly updating the game to add additional quest content, updated visuals and additional gameplay features.

This can take an immense amount of money, but looking at the stats here, and the fact that these MMOs are still online show that is is definitely profitable, if not absurdly profitable.

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Is it my time to start an MMO?

If you think you will enjoy this type of game, go for it, there is a whole new world out there to explore, but I would recommend trying one of the newer MMOs, one with more new players.

World of Warcraft has been out since November 2004, almost 10 years ago, and despite it's 4 expansions worth of content (with one more coming soon, see trailer below) and last years visual advancements (shown above) I can't help but think that a newer MMO might be more suited. Then again with this much content available, you cannot deny the potential enjoyment to be had from WoW, you will just have to deal with a bit of a learning curve and likely playing with much more advanced players.

 

Undeniably WoW is still loved by its fanbase and still has many more years left in it, but I wonder how the world of MMOs will look in another few years and if WoW will ever be dethroned as king of the hill?

 

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22-07-2014, 12:59:28

WYP
Nice find, decided to make this front page!

I didn't know WoW still had so much life in it, or that there is still a new expansion coming for it! Almost 10 years after launch.

Front Page article on World of Warcraft's $1 Billion Revenue is hereQuote

22-07-2014, 13:27:07

Permafrost
i hate WoW, I have a friend who plays it way to much and has a bad case of gaming compulsion, he fights with his family and has lost two girlfriends over it Quote

22-07-2014, 13:54:17

WYP
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Originally Posted by Permafrost View Post
i hate WoW, I have a friend who plays it way to much and has a bad case of gaming compulsion, he fights with his family and has lost two girlfriends over it
That sucks man, addiction is a hard thing to get over. I hope he can eventually get over it.Quote

22-07-2014, 14:29:27

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
Nice find, decided to make this front page!

I didn't know WoW still had so much life in it, or that there is still a new expansion coming for it! Almost 10 years after launch.
There are quite a few expansions planned even after the next one due this winter including graphical overhauls etc... Quote

22-07-2014, 14:48:17

Xrqute
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Originally Posted by Permafrost View Post
i hate WoW, I have a friend who plays it way to much and has a bad case of gaming compulsion, he fights with his family and has lost two girlfriends over it
I played for a long time..... a very long time. now its so mind numbingly boring.

but I'm talking 8/10 years sorta thing. i started at launch, i had all the fights and sacrificed stuff in real life for the game. but in the end i have nothing to show for those thousands of hours.....

i rather go try and squeeze a few Mhz out of something lol

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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
There are quite a few expansions planned even after the next one due this winter including graphical overhauls etc...
There has ALWAYS been talk of the Emerald Dream xpac, So i dare say that they'd at least pump that out.

And realistically to keep people interested they're going to have these xpacs coming out at min once a year if not twice. People just burn through the content way to quickly.Quote
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