It seems even the leviathan MMO that Blizzard has created is not immune to a decline in subscriber numbers, with new reports from the latest 2012 second quarter financial report showcasing a subscriber drop to 9.1 million players worldwide, down from 10.2 million reported in February
The large drop in subscriber numbers - the first time World of Warcraft has actually been under 10 million players since 2008 - could be due a number of factors, however the most common cause is likely many players are awaiting the release of the next expansion, Mists of Pandaria. While obviously a large drop in numbers isn't a pretty sight for investors and players, World of Warcraft still obtains the number one spot in the MMO ladder, a feat many would love to take.
You can read the full second quarter financial report over on the official page
, as well as the chance to listen in to the conference call which is available here