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"1.7 million players currently paying for a sub...
So Blizzard launched a new API https://develop.battle.net/ recently and it was leaking player subscription end dates. You could iterate over all players and calculate active subs. At the start of BfA we had 3.2m subs, now at 1.7m of which ~25% are secondary BFA purchases
If you doubled those for safety that's 3.4 million active players on WOW... Which sort of surprises me but also doesn't.
What's crazy to think about is if those numbers are true, then it's quite close to losing the title of most popular MMO, actually if 1.7 million active subs is true, it currently has less active players than ESO at around 2 million. But of course that's not counting free players below 20 or those who buy their sub with gold? Actually it might count.
Still, very interesting.
If you want more info it's all over World Of War craft forums, Youtube and Google news."