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"World of Warcraft" (WoW), one of the world's favourite online games, has [reported / reportedly] big losses in its subscriber [basics / base] . Over 600,000 players have left the game in the past three months. The [immigration / exodus] has seen almost two million subscriptions ended in 2013. At the start of the year, Activision Blizzard, owners of the game, [boosted / boasted] a [healthy / health] 9.6 million subscribers. That figure is now 7.7 million. Despite the huge [decline / recline] , it is still easily the world's most popular [massively / missive] multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Analysts are saying the [drip / drop] is due to [fierce / farcical] competition from hugely popular multiplayer online battle [stadium / arena] (MOBA) games like "League of Legends," which has 12 million active daily players.

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

 


 
 
 

 

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