Blizzard to Stop Reporting Subscriber Numbers After WoW Loses 100,000 in Q3

World of Warcraft lost 100,000 subscribers in Q3 2015, bringing the total to an almost 10-year low of 5.5 million. The announcement of the next expansion, Legion, last August almost certainly helped to reduce losses. It was also probably no coincidence that flying in Warlords of Draenor was finally implemented in September, as Blizzard has a long history of releasing patches on the last month of a quarter. Still, many, including myself, were somewhat surprised by this low sub loss. I had been expecting a drop of a million or more. Blizzard fans cheered this news as an indication that the horrendous losses over the past 2 quarters had finally stabilized.

But there is a far bigger story than the sub numbers themselves. Blizzard announced that they will no longer be releasing those numbers after this quarter. You read that correctly. Blizzard announced that they are no longer going to tell us how many subs they have. Instead, they are going to use some as yet undisclosed metric to indicate the health of the game. This has 2 very important implications. Continue reading

Your Initial (or second) Contributor

Smoak here. If you don’t count Dr. Chris’ announcement post below, then Yours Truly is your initial contributor to this feed. October/November will be a trying time for me, as far as providing console-game reviews for you. I’m just finishing Assassin’s Creed: Unity, just in time for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate at the end of October. I’m just getting started with Mad Max, and will, of course, be doing Star Wars: Battlefront and Rise of the Tomb Raider in November.

Assuming I don’t lose my day job over staying home and fondling my controller (no lurid pun intended… or was it…?), then I’ll tell you all what I think about each of these titles right here.  Stay Tuned!

Beta Test is now Live

You’ve been anticipating this moment for months, and now the Grumpy Old Guys on Gaming site has entered live beta. We are hard at work ironing out the kinks and making the final edits on our soon to be launched netcast. Check back for updates as we approach our official launch date.