As many (and very good) competitors as you can, World of Warcraft has been a watchword of the MMORPG genre since 2004. Of course, throughout this period it has had ups and downs , and Battle for Azeroth was one of those difficult moments — partly due to the Azerite and the lack of important news for the endgame — but following the great launch of Shadowlands , Blizzard celebrates power find very optimistic numbers in game activity.

Shadowlands breaks sales records, Warcraft revenue and WoW monthly players According to the Californian company in its recent fiscal summary for 2020, WoW registered some 29 million active players per month year-end, marking the sixth consecutive quarter of growth. It sounds really good, although in practice this can be explained (in part) by the excitement surrounding the launch of this new expansion.

On the other hand, the Warcraft franchise in full is registering about record revenue — the best in almost 10 years, actually a 40% improvement over the previous year. As a reminder, Shadowlands has become the fastest-selling PC game ever , with nearly 4 million units sold in its first 24 hours. Taking into account that the previous record was also held by Blizzard with Diablo 3, it is clear that their franchises continue to attract interest despite their time in the market.

Warcraft is one of Blizzard’s strategic franchises for business, alongside Diablo and Overwatch, for example. Don’t expect to have Diablo 4 or Overwatch 2 in 2021 , and certainly not a new WoW expansion, but in the future we will have new free-to-play games based on the WC universe that will be published on different platforms besides PC.