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

"World of Warcraft", a very popular online game, is losing subscribers. Over 600,000 have left in the past three months and almost two million in 2013. At the start of the year, Activision Blizzard, owners of the game, had 9.6 million subscribers. That figure is now 7.7 million. However, it is still easily the world's most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Analysts are saying the drop is due to fierce competition from popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games like "League of Legends," which has 12 million active daily players.


 
 

Despite this downturn, Activision is pushing ahead to get greater independence. CEO Bobby Kotick is spearheading an $8.2billion buyout to be the biggest shareholder again. He wants to buy 429 million shares back from French telecoms and entertainment giant Vivendi, which holds a 61 per cent stake in Activision. This would fall to 12 per cent if the acquisition is successful. Mr Kotick has been CEO since 1991. He believes in the future of online subscriptions. He oversaw the success of "World of Warcraft" and another Activision smash 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.

have left

2.

Over 600,000

b.

players

3.

owners

c.

playing game (MMORPG)

4.

it is still easily the

d.

subscribers

5.

massively multiplayer online role-

e.

(MOBA) games

6.

due to fierce

f.

of the game

7.

multiplayer online battle arena

g.

competition

8.

12 million active daily

h.

world's most popular



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Despite

a.

an $8.2billion buyout

2.

pushing

b.

giant

3.

get greater

c.

this downturn

4.

spearheading

d.

is successful

5.

telecoms and entertainment

e.

ahead

6.

a 61 per cent

f.

hit

7.

if the acquisition

g.

independence

8.

smash

h.

stake





LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

"World of Warcraft", a very popular online game, (1) __________________. Over 600,000 (2) __________________ three months and almost two million in 2013. At the start of the year, Activision Blizzard, owners of the game, had (3) __________________. That figure is now 7.7 million. However, it is still easily the world's (4) __________________ multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Analysts are (5) __________________ to fierce competition from popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games like "League of Legends," which has 12 (6) ___________________.

Despite this downturn, Activision is (7) ___________________ get greater independence. CEO Bobby Kotick (8) ___________________ $8.2billion buyout to be (9) ___________________ again. He wants to buy 429 million shares back from French telecoms and entertainment giant Vivendi, which holds (10) ___________________ Activision. This would fall to 12 per cent if the (11) ___________________. Mr Kotick has been CEO since 1991. He believes in the future of online subscriptions. (12) ___________________ "World of Warcraft" and another Activision smash 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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  • 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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