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'World of Warcraft' loses 2 million players (29th July, 2013)

The "World of Warcraft" online game is losing subscribers. Almost two million players have left the game in 2013. Activision Blizzard, owners of the game, had 9.6 million subscribers last year. Now they have 7.7 million. However, it is still the world's most popular multiplayer online role-playing game. Analysts say this is due to competition from popular multiplayer online battle arena games. "League of Legends" has 12 million active daily players.


 
 

Despite these numbers, Activision wants more independence. Its CEO is leading an $8.2billion buyout to be the biggest shareholder again. He wants 429 million shares from French telecoms and entertainment giant Vivendi, which owns 61 per cent of Activision. This would fall to 12 per cent if the buyout is successful. The CEO believes in the future of online gaming. He oversaw the success of "World of Warcraft" and the hit "Call Of Duty".


 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Sources:
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/23640708-f59e-11e2-94e9-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2aEovkdKm
http://news.sky.com/story/1120865/world-of-warcraft-loses-600000-subscribers
http://www.ibtimes.com/wow-world-warcraft-subscribers-down-77-million-could-league-legends-dota-2-be-blame-1361025

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MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

losing

a.

to competition

2.

it is still the world's

b.

arena games

3.

multiplayer online role-

c.

most popular

4.

this is due

d.

players

5.

popular multiplayer online battle

e.

subscribers

6.

12 million active daily

f.

playing game



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Despite

a.

is successful

2.

more

b.

giant

3.

biggest

c.

independence

4.

telecoms and entertainment

d.

these numbers

5.

if the buyout

e.

of "World of Warcraft"

6.

He oversaw the success

f.

shareholder

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

The "World of Warcraft" online game (1) ___________________. Almost two million players (2) ___________________ in 2013. Activision Blizzard, owners of the game, had (3) ___________________ last year. Now they have 7.7 million. However, (4) ___________________ most popular multiplayer (5) ___________________ game. Analysts say this is due to competition from popular multiplayer online battle arena games. "League of Legends" has 12 million (6) ___________________.

Despite these numbers, Activision wants (7) ___________________. Its CEO is leading an $8.2billion buyout to be the (8) ___________________ again. He wants (9) ___________________ from French telecoms and entertainment giant Vivendi, which (10) ___________________ Activision. This would fall to 12 per cent if the (11) ___________________. The CEO believes in the future of online gaming. (12) ___________________ of "World of Warcraft" and the hit "Call Of Duty".

ONLINE GAMING SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about online gaming in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

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  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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Write about online gaming for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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