Blizzard has revealed in their latest financial report for Q3 of 2013 that their hugely popular MMO World of Warcraft is still continuing a healthy trend, this time only dropping by 100,000 players to 7.6 million users worldwide compared to previous 7.7 million report.
Activision Blizzard itself reported a total net revenue of $691 million, with the high revenue attributed to sales of Skylanders: Giants and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - both of which were in the top-five best-selling games for North America and Europe. Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard, said, “Our third-quarter results exceeded our expectations, and we are able to raise our outlook for 2013 net revenues and earnings per share. Robust continued engagement with our core franchises drove digital revenue, which constituted a majority of all revenue. This quarter demonstrates that games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft engage and entertain our fans year round.”
Other notable additions to the financial report include Blizzard's Diablo 3 now topping 14 million sales worldwide, thanks to its recent console launch on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The action RPG hack 'n' slash is also preparing for a PlayStation 4 launch, which is sure to help boost sales alongside the impending removal of the controversial Auction House due on March 18, 2014.
"We're pleased with the response to the game's launch on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360," Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said during the conference call. "Lifetime sell through of the game across all platforms has reached over 14 million copies, and reviews have been very positive about how the game plays on consoles."
Activision also revealed some hefty numbers for their most recent dog-infused Call of Duty, stating that retailers spent over $1 billion worldwide to secure Call of Duty: Ghosts stock for launch day. Sadly we have no word yet on how many copies were actually sold, though its to be expected that it may not reach the potential of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5, which is currently sitting at more than 29 million copies sold.
For all the gritty details on Activision Blizzard's earnings find the Q3 2013 financial report over here
, and the full conference call here
. Keep an eye on AusGamers in the next few days as we get closer to Blizzcon 2013, which is sure to have a staggering amount of new information on World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3 and Hearthstone.