Income is up 7%, although.
Blizzard has misplaced about 29% of its playerbase within the final three years, in accordance with Activision Blizzard’s newest fiscal outcomes. The drop was identified by MassivelyOP, who famous that Blizzard began 2018 with an energetic playerbase of 38 million gamers. That quantity has fallen to 27 million as of the primary quarter of 2021.
Activision Blizzard launched its monetary assertion for 2021 lately, which covers each a part of the corporate. Whereas the numbers all good throughout the board, Blizzard’s numbers are the least spectacular. The studio reported a 7% enhance in income in comparison with the identical time final 12 months, with the rise attributed to Hearthstone, WoW Traditional, and Shadowlands. In case you’re questioning how Blizzard will be making more cash off of fewer gamers, that’s in all probability attributable to COVID-19, which has lots of people spending extra money and time on video video games.
It’s price noting that Blizzard’s decline in playerbase isn’t completely sudden. World of WarCraft continues to be fairly good, however the sport is 17 years previous, as are most of Blizzard’s different titles. The studio hasn’t launched a very new sport since Overwatch in 2016, and common updates for that title have stopped so Blizzard can concentrate on Overwatch 2.
The assertion has some excellent news for Blizzard, although. Gamers supplied “very optimistic suggestions” throughout current assessments of Diablo 2: Resurrected and Diablo Immortal continues to be scheduled to launch later this 12 months. There’s nonetheless no phrase on launch dates for Overwatch 2 or Diablo 4, nonetheless.