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7-30-2009 @ 1:23PM
Actually, all this shows is how susceptible numbers are to manipulation. After all, it's highly doubtful that everybody who bought the original version bought all the expansions. People played vanilla and then never played again. So taking the total number and dividing it by three is misleading. Then, as the above poster showed, lots of people downloaded (such as me) and I don't know if that was counted or not.I agree that they made a ton of money but given how incomplete all statistics are all one can come up with at best a ball park figure. All the pros who have looked at this issue have decided that the number is about five million *unique* subscribers in the USA. That works for me. Other than that, only the bean-counters at Blizzard know for sure.
7-30-2009 @ 1:32PM
Also the "that's $258 million in income for Blizzard" line is false. Only a percentage of the end sale price goes to Blizzard, the rest to the merchant and the Tax Man.
7-30-2009 @ 1:56PM
Exactly what I was thinking. Over 66% could have been vanilla, meaning half of them never went on to buy future expansions. Which is certainly plausible, though I expect more than 50% who bought vanilla bought TBC we truthfully have no idea.
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