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"World of Warcraft" (WoW), one the world's favourite online games, has reported big losses its subscriber base. Over 600,000 players have left the game the past three months. The exodus has seen almost two million subscriptions ended 2013. the start the year, Activision Blizzard, owners the game, boasted a healthy 9.6 million subscribers. That figure is now 7.7 million. Despite the huge decline, 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 hugely popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games like "League of Legends," which has 12 million active daily players.

Despite the downturn the fortunes of WoW, Activision is pushing ahead to provide the company greater independence. Bobby Kotick, CEO Activision Blizzard, is spearheading an $8.2billion buyout to be the majority shareholder once again. He wants to buy 429 million the company's shares back French telecoms and entertainment giant Vivendi. The French company currently holds a 61 per cent controlling stake Activision, which would fall to just 12 per cent if the acquisition is successful. Mr Kotick, who has been Activision CEO since 1991, is a strong believer the future online subscriptions. He oversaw the success WoW and another Activision smash hit, "Call Of Duty".

 


 
 
 

 

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