Blizzard You are going through somewhat troubled times. The influx of players in their titles has decreased by 29% over the last three years, as shown by the most recent company data. Added to this situation is the fact that big names in the firm, such as Jeff Kaplan (director of Overwatch and one of the key figures of the company) who recently announced his departure from the facilities. However, Activision-Blizzard and Blizzard overall revenue has increased.
Blizzard: Your Latest Data
Activision-Blizzard confirmed last Tuesday that Blizzard has 27 million active monthly users, for the first quarter of 2021. As echoed from Massively Overpowered, this figure is considerably less than 38 million players accumulated by the company in the first quarter of 2018. The fact is not surprising: after all, Blizzard hasn’t released any new games themselves in the last five years., although it has doubled their rate of development. At the end of 2019, they claimed that “they had more games in development than ever”.
- 38 million players in the first quarter of 2018
- 37M in the second quarter of 2018
- 37M in the third quarter of 2018
- 35M in the fourth quarter of 2018
- 32M in the first quarter of 2019
- 32M in the second quarter of 2019
- 33M in the third quarter of 2019
- 32M in the fourth quarter of 2019
- 32M in the first quarter of 2020
- 32M in the second quarter of 2020
- 30M in the third quarter of 2020
- 29M in the fourth quarter of 2020
- 27M in the first quarter of 2021
On the other hand, the total number of Activision-Blizzard monthly active users has increased by more than 16%: from 374 million in the first quarter of 2018 to 435 million in its most recent quarter. In recent years, the number of monthly Call of Duty players has grown from 51 million to 150 million, thanks to the entry of such popular and free games as Call of Duty: Warzone Y Call of Duty Mobile. King, the creators of Candy Crush, have experienced a decrease: they have registered 258 million active users in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the 285 million they had in the same period three years ago.
The number of users decreases, but the income increases
Despite this decline in the number of users, the financial results for the first quarter of 2021 have been more than plausible for both companies. They have recorded revenues of $ 2.28 billion, which is a significant increase compared to the quarter of last year. The main sources of profit are the sagas Call of Duty, World of Warcraft Y Candy Crush.
Blizzard is currently preparing the first major update of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, Chains of Domination, while World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Classic It aims to launch on June 1, according to what could be read on Battle.net. In turn, the mobile video game Diablo Immortal “It has entered its second phase of testing and is on its way to its global launch later this year“They reported last Tuesday. In turn, both Diablo 4 What Overwatch 2 It seems that they will wait at least until 2022 to see the light.
Layoffs and a very controversial CEO
Meanwhile, the atmosphere inside the Activision offices is not exactly the most pleasant. The firm prepares new layoffs with the closure of the European divisions, including the Spanish one. Although the company has not met the goals set, the CEO Robert Kotick receive a $ 200 million bonus despite investor criticism. Signature CtW Investment Group criticized the fact that employee salary represents 1% of what Kotick earns.