How many people play World of Warcraft? WoW player count & population tracker (2022)

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World of Warcraft remains the most popular MMORPG in the world, but just how many people play WoW in 2022? Here’s a rundown of World of Warcraft’s current player count and population. 

As World of Warcraft continues to grow in the wake of WoW Dragonflight‘s release, the shores of Azeroth are open for business and booming in popularity.

While once the premier MMORPG, there are a whole collection of competitors waiting in the wings to snatch the title. With Guild Wars 2’s population on the rise, and FFXIV continuing to attract players from far and wide, where does WoW sit in the tier list?

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Here’s a full rundown of how many people play World of Warcraft in 2022, with the game‘s monthly population.


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How many people play World of Warcraft: Monthly count

For November 2022, it’s estimated an average of 1,172,864 players logged in to continue their World of Warcraft adventures each day. These numbers remain steady from recent months, which are likely a result of the Dragonflight expansion’s release.

It’s worth bearing in mind that this information is comprised of “estimations based on subscriber numbers and online sentiment,” and therefore is purely an estimation. Player counts for the game haven’t been officially released outside of Activision Blizzard’s quarterly earnings calls.

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WoW Dragonflight has no doubt rekindled some interest in the age-old MMO.

World of Warcraft population compared to competitors

In comparison to its fellow MMOs, World of Warcraft still proves to be the most popular by a landslide. Not a single competitor comes anywhere near WoW’s estimated total player count, which is over 120 million.

MMORPG Total Players (millions)
World of Warcraft 123.46
Final Fantasy XIV Online 40.60
The Elder Scrolls Online 21.63
Guild Wars 2 17.57
Lost Ark 16.68

Is WoW a dead game?

It’s no secret that WoW has previously been on the decline, but these statistics prove it is far from dead. Indeed, it remains well ahead of competitors despite comparisons to FFXIV and Lost Ark.

With both Wrath of the Lich King Classic and Dragonflight now released, all eyes are on the future — and there’s a buzz surrounding the game once again.

So that’s a rundown of how many people play World of Warcraft in 2022, and an analysis of whether or not WoW is a dead game.

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