‘World of Warcraft’ hits 10 million players, earnings call reports

Activision Blizzard, publishers of video game titles such as “World of Warcraft,” “Call of Duty Advanced Warfare,” and “Destiny,” announced yesterday, February 5th, 2015, that the year 2014 was a very good year for the company. During a conference call where they released their fourth quarter 2014 results, Activision Blizzard revealed that “World of Warcraft” had surpassed the ten million subscriber mark.

With subscription numbers shrinking for quite some time, this is obviously good news for “World of Warcraft’s” fans and publishers. November’s “Warlords of Draenor” expansion undoubtedly had much to do with bringing former players back into the game, especially after the relatively disappointing “Mists of Pandaria” and “Cataclysm” expansions.

Among other details released during the fourth quarter earnings call were numbers showing the success of “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.” According to the released results, the collectible card game featuring some of the most iconic “Warcraft” characters surpassed 25 million registered players in 2014 and only looks like it will continue growing in 2015.

Activision Blizzard, who started 2014 with only five franchises, expects to end 2015 with ten, most of which will come from the Blizzard half of the company. Two new titles from Blizzard, “Heroes of the Storm,” and “Overwatch,” will soon join “World of Warcraft,” “Hearthstone,” and the other Blizzard games.

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