Diablo III Hits 10 Million Registered Players – WoW Drops To 9.1 Million Subscribers

Activision has announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2012. According to the reports, Diablo III has managed to sell 8.8 million copies for the six months of its release and more than 10 million players have entered the world of Sanctuary. On the other hand, World of Warcraft’s subscribers number has dropped from 10.2 million to 9.1 million. An impressive number, nonetheless, but this drop is definitely something that worries both Blizzard and Activision. Perhaps the upcoming release of Mists of Pandaria will boost the game’s numbers.
Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard, said:
“On a non-GAAP basis, we delivered record Q2 and first half net revenues, operating income and earnings. Our performance was driven by strong audience demand for our great games. We are very excited to have announced our expanded investment in China through Activision Publishing’s agreement with Tencent to bring the Call of Duty franchise to the Chinese market.”
Kotick continued:
“For the first six months, we had the top three best-selling games in North America and Europe with Activision Publishing’s Skylanders Spyro’s Adventures and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and Blizzard Entertainment’s record setting Diablo III.”
During the third quarter, Activision Publishing expects to release Transformers: Fall of Cybertron for X360, PS3 and the PC.  Additionally, the company expects to release the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection #3 , a compilation of content previously released to Call of Duty Elite premium members, on X360, for PS3 and PC; and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection #4 on X360.
Kotick concluded:
“For the remainder of the year, we are excited about our product slate which includes Activision Publishing’s Skylanders Giants and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. While we are increasing our financial outlook for full year 2012, we remain cautious given economic uncertainty, risks to consumer spending especially during the holiday season and the recognition that the majority of our key franchise launches are still ahead of us.”