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Josh Foreman is a lead dev on GW2. He designed the Mad King Clock Tower and worked on the Super Adventure Box 1 and 2. Just throwing that out there in case someone tries to say he's a minor figure or irrelevant to the design of GW2. Anyway, according to a statement he made on his blog, the number of people actively playing the game is "dismal". To quote: "Later in the day I casually asked the founder/president if we had any analytics about how many people were playing. Well collecting that kind of data seems to be really fun for him as far as I can tell, so we ended up working together to gather that information for a while. That was nice, except for finding out what I suspected based on my forum experience: the numbers are pretty dismal (Compared to the exceptional numbers of the first SAB) right now. I really hope that this patch will bring people back, but without the old reward schedule I don’t think it will happen. So I’m pretty bummed and feel like I let down the whole company and especially my team because I made some poor judgement calls as coordinator.".
So, contrary to what the fanboys have been claiming, the number of people actually playing has gone down and by quite a bit. The word "dismal" doesn't strike me as meaning "the population appears to be growing still'. Discuss amongst yourselves.
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