When it comes to World of Warcraft one of the most popular topic of conversations is whether or not it’s losing players. It seems that almost every other day someone is saying “It’s down.”, “It’s up.”, “It’s steady”.
And then come the speculations about why players are leaving if they’re actually leaving. Where are they going to?
Well, we may finally have some answers.
NetEase — the company that operates World of Warcraft in China — have recently released their first quarter report for 2012. And, while it seems that they are doing very well over-all they have seen some decline where WoW is concerned.
According to their report, the company’s self-developed games are growing in popularity and driving revenue.
According to an article in Gamasutra, NetEase has actually seen an increase in revenue to $289.2 million from from $221.3 million last year.
However, NetEase has said that the growth was offset somewhat by a revenue decline from World of Warcraft.
It’s not all bad news for WoW, though. NetEase did renew their contract with Blizzard for at least the next three years and have said they are pleased with the decision.