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7-17-2009 @ 11:09AM
I hate to see WoW.com perpetuating the myth that all 12 million subscribers are paying 15$/month. While blizzard has not talked much about the specifics of who's paying what, not every country is on the flat $$/month subscription model that North America and Europe are on. It's even been estimated that only about 1/4 of their subscribers are part of this model.I think you're also missing the fact that a recognizable and sizable percentage of the game's population do nothing BUT level alts. While the 'endgame' is interesting to some, bring another alt up to max level is a different some. That blizzard has consistently moved away from appealing to the top 1% player (those who were in AQ40 and then Naxx in vanilla wow) and pushed towards making 'endgame' content available and doable for more backs this up. Blizzard is actively trying to get players to see that "Leveling" can also apply stats...There have been several data gathering efforts (utilizing achievement system via armory) that indicate that progression in content is not really as popular as the perception is, and that progression of character is more important that given credit for.
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