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Blizzard's Monthly Active Players Has Dropped By 11 Million in 3 Years

Blizzard's Monthly Active Players Has Dropped By 11 Million in 3 Years - News

by William D'Angelo , posted 3 days ago / 1,226 Views

Activision Blizzard has revealed the number of monthly active users in the first quarter of 2021 has dropped to 27 million. This is down 11 million from the first quarter of 2018 where the Blizzard games had 38 million monthly active users, according to Massively Overpowered

Blizzard did report that World of Warcraft Classic and World of Warcraft Shadowlands did help increase revenue seven percent year-over-year. The company did say that Diablo Immortal is entering its second phase of testing and will launch worldwide later this year.

Blizzard Active Players Has Dropped By 11 Million in 3 Years

Blizzard monthly active users by quarter:

  • 38M in Q1 2018
  • 37M in Q2 2018
  • 37M in Q3 2018 
  • 35M in Q4 2018
  • 32M in Q1 2019
  • 32M in Q2 2019
  • 33M in Q3 2019 
  • 32M in Q4 2019 
  • 32M in Q1 2020 
  • 32M in Q2 2020 
  • 30M in Q3 2020 
  • 29M in Q4 2020 
  • 27M in Q1 2021

Blizzard's Monthly Active Players Has Dropped By 11 Million in 3 Years

Activision Blizzard as a whole saw the number of monthly active users grow 16 percent from 374 million in Q1 2018 to 435 million in Q1 2021. This was primarily driven by the popularity of the Call of Duty franchise, which has grown from 51 million to 150 million monthly active users.

Candy Crush developer King, who is a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, saw its number of monthly active users drop in the past three years from 285 million to 258 million. 

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Ka-pi96 (3 days ago)

To be fair that's a pretty good hold. I mean, I can't think of any new games they've released in those 3 years so to still have 28m people regularly playing your games despite no new releases... that's impressive.

But yeah, they really should hurry up and get a new game out the door.

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Walbert (2 days ago)

Maybe they should stop brown nosing China.

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LivncA_Dis3 (2 days ago)

WoW is somewhat losing steam

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noemie75 (2 days ago)

Maybe its because they are promoting another games from Activison

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Ganoncrotch (3 days ago)

Shocked that anyone is playing it, Paladins is free and miles better.

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shikamaru317 (3 days ago)

That's quite the drop-off. They need to get Diablo 2 Resurrected, Diablo 4, and Overwatch 2 out soon.

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VMCJonCarter (3 days ago)

WoW i stopped caring blizzard in 2015

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gtotheunit91 (2 days ago)

That's VERY impressive considering how much bad PR the company has been getting since 2018, but that really goes to show how great their games are (minus Warcraft 3 Reforged) and how much of a community Blizzard developed over the years. While at the same time, slowly burning that trust they've accumulated as the numbers are showing. For a single company to have very few games in their catalog compared to other AAA giants and still have that many monthly users?! They could've pushed the boundaries for gaming, but took the Activision route.

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The Fury (2 days ago)

I still hop on Overwatch and Diablo 3 every now and then and I still enjoy my time with them, just kinda wish their support for Overwatch was a bit more varied, the game is now 5 years old and could have easily had a sequel in that time. Still waiting on O2 and D4.

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