FOR AZEROTH! EP. 153 – “R-SOMETHING MORGRAINE”

This week, Manny and Joce talk all things Blizzconline, Patch 9.0.5 possibilities, Activision Blizzard investor calls, and the Necrolord covenant campaign. All that and more on this week’s For Azeroth!


Blizzconline

This week more concrete information for the upcoming online convention became available.

  • Feb 19th starting at 2 PM PST
  • Feb 20th starting at 12 PM PST
  • Blizzard’s 30th Anniversary
  • 6 simultaneous channels
  • Free via https://blizzcon.com/ with simulcasts on Twitch and Youtube
  • Helm of Domination replica on sale Feb 19th ($300 USD)
  • Three commemorative bundles:
    • Essentials
      • Moon-Touched Netherwhelp pet for World of Warcraft®
      • Tracer-exclusive OSV-03 Rogue mount with Tracer Hero in Heroes of the Storm®
      • 30th Anniversary Overwatch® player icon and spray (coming soon)* plus 5 Loot Boxes
      • A set of StarCraft® II and StarCraft: Remastered portraits commemorating three decades of Blizzard (coming soon)
      • 10 Madness at the Darkmoon Faire™ card packs for Hearthstone®
      • A pet and portrait for Diablo® III (coming soon)
    • Heroic
      • Snowstorm mount for World of Warcraft
      • Raynhardt skin in Overwatch (coming soon)
      • Random Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Legendary card in Hearthstone
      • Diablo III wings (coming soon)
    • Epic
      • 30 days of World of Warcraft game time
      • 5 Golden Madness at the Darkmoon Faire card packs in Hearthstone
      • 3 Golden Loot Boxes for Overwatch
      • Diablo III Helm Transmog Items
  • The hype trailer may have also revealed the community mount that was decided by vote

9.0.5 seen

The Central Distribution Networks of Blizzard have been updated with a new build. 9.0.5 is on the CDN but is currently encrypted. Speculation abounds about what will be contained in the new patch but most agree we are unlikely to know more until Blizzconline.


Activision Blizzard Q4 Investor Call

Earlier today Activision Blizzard held its quarterly earnings call. MMO-Champion provided highlights from the results:

  • Blizzard had 29 million MAUs in the fourth quarter, down from 30 million in Q3, and 32 million in Q1/Q2.
  • World of Warcraft MAUs grew year-over-year for the sixth consecutive quarter.
  • World of Warcraft saw strong engagement across both the Classic and modern game modes throughout 2020
  • World of Warcraft full year franchise net bookings grew 40% year-over-year, reaching the highest level in nearly a decade.
  • Fourth quarter net bookings for World of Warcraft grew sharply year-over-year, driven by strong sales of the Shadowlands expansion, subscriber growth, and high participation in value added services
  • World of Warcraft player and engagement trends since the Shadowlands release are stronger than levels typically seen at this point after an expansion launch.
  • The team intends to deliver more frequent premium World of Warcraft content.
  • 2022 will be a great year for Blizzard. Expect another step change in financial performance as they execute their pipeline.
  • Blizzard Q4 revenue was down a bit year over year, as growth for WoW was offset by a decline for other titles and the absence of BlizzCon.
  • Blizzard 2020 revenue was up 11% year over year, operating income up 49%. That equals a revenue of 2.41 billion.

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