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11-09-2011 @ 1:19PM
@ Ice - Maybe I can help you and by extension help you to STOP either knowingly or unknowingly spread for lack of a better term, complete bull@#!@. I have stock in ActivisionBlizzard so I am hyper sensitive to the earnings calls and I do listen to them, additionally ANYONE can listen to them by visiting http://investor.activision.com/. At NO time during that call did Morhaime even say anything REMOTELY similar to what you stated as a "RUMOR." You can see a transcript of the call as well by visiting http://seekingalpha.com/article/306409-activision-blizzard-s-ceo-discusses-q3-2011-results-earnings-call-transcript. Instead of me bullet pointing how in fact this patch rumor you stated is patently false I will post Morhaime's relevant excerpt with regard to WoW during his portion of the call:"Our revenues for the third quarter 2011 are down versus last year, which included the record-setting launch of StarCraft II. World of Warcraft finished the quarter with 10.3 million active subscribers worldwide, which is down from the previous quarter. While the majority of these declines are coming from the East, World of Warcraft continues to be one of the most popular online games in China and remains by far the most popular subscription-based MMO in the world.That said, we know there are improvements that we can make in gaming content. The level-up content in Cataclysm is some of our best works. But it was consumed quickly compared to our past expansions set, Wrath of the Lich King. Once players reached max level, the end-game content in Cataclysm is more difficult. Balancing this content for our diverse player base can be very challenging.Our development team is constantly analyzing the game, and we're continuing to explore ways that we can adjust the game to better satisfy both hard-core and casual players. To that end, our next free major content update for World of Warcraft is already in testing and will be available for players in the coming weeks.This is our largest update since Cataclysm launch. It will include our biggest and best rated content ever, featuring the iconic dragon Deathwing, as well as a new raid finder feature. The raid finder will make it easier than ever for casual players to experience end-game content, and it will open up a big part of the World of Warcraft to more of our players.Looking beyond our next content update, the development team is already hard at work on our next expansion set, Mists of Pandaria. We introduced the Pandarian race to the Warcraft universe with Warcraft III, and players have already been -- always been eager to see them introduced to World of Warcraft. We're finally making them a playable race in Mists of Pandaria."Morhaime kept it vague as usual as well he should. An earnings call is not somewhere where you air out specifics so that the competitor's can adjust to it. Before you go around posting "rumors" that you may have "heard" was said, a little verification on your own part will help you in the future to avoid looking like someone who is just peddling hype.
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