Star Wars: The Old Republic – ‘No Impact On WoW’ – Divnich
Star Wars: The Old Republic isn’t far away, but it is unlikely to cause a dent in World of Warcraft’s success after launch. Any dip in subscriber figures is likely down to WoW’s own problems, and not BioWare’s MMO, according to EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich.
Divnich explained, “I don’t believe the potential success of Star Wars is a detriment to World of Warcraft. World of Warcraft has its own internal battles to contend with, such as their declining subscription based, which has nothing to do with Star Wars and more to do with the natural cycle of MMOs.”
Divnich also stated that while many are likely to assume that Star Wars: The Old Republic will affect WoW in a big way, that they should maybe think twice.
“I don’t believe Star Wars will have a material impact on WoW, but given that we are approaching the downslope of the WoW cycle, it is likely many will attribute Star Wars: The Old Republic for the downfall of WoW, which of course is wrong.”
Recently, Activision’s Bobby Kotick stated that he failed to see Star Wars: The Old Republic making a profit. Divnich shed some like on Kotick’s opinion.
“Bobby has some great points, all of which are valid, but I don’t think he is giving EA enough credit on Star Wars: The Old Republic. The MMO category is a $5 billion business, and WoW only receives a fraction of that, which is about $900 million annually.”
“This is a big sand box my friends, big enough for both Activision and EA to play in.”
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