Even though this is a post concerning WoW and Activision/Blizzard, it is related to Bioware/EA. Activision release their 2nd quarter results on Tuesday and although revenue and shareholder earnings increased, the number of WoW subscribers dropped.
According to the article at IGN:
“the number of players subscribed to the developer’s flagship title World of Warcraft has dropped by approximately 300,000 since the last announced subscriber volume of 11.4 million. This brings the total number of worldwide World of Warcraft subscribers to 11.1 million.”
This downward trend of WoW subscriptions benefits TOR. I see this as a sign that some people are bored with the game and ready to move on. Keep in mind that this decrease was during the company’s second quarter (roughly May-July). It will be interesting to see if these numbers drop even further in the third quarter which will end in October, just before the (likely) TOR launch date.