Well folks, it’s official: The North American server, or what’s left of it, is so dead now they’ve cancelled ranked battles.
Now, to be fair, it’s not just the NA server that got the axe. SEA Server got axed as well. Guess why. Go on. Guess.
Not enough players. They’re still rolling out ranked on both EU servers and the RU servers as well, but they figured why bother with us and Asia. They’ve burnt that bridge completely down to the point the trolls are the only ones left playing and they don’t give a shit about them either, so there you go.
But of course the shills are already out in force on the NA server swearing up and down it had nothing to do with population numbers that it was simple down to “there’s so much going on on the NA server”.
Seriously? THAT’S your argument DragonOfTheArmory?
And then yet another shill pops in to say it’s just a lack of interest.
Really, Caketime? You’re going with that when there’s no less than 11 threads about it made by pissed off players?
About the only guy calling this thing correctly is NA_PA2 who said:
If you apply Critical Thinking to their statement. EU and RU with healthy populations are running Ranked Battles.
SEA and NA with lower populations are not running Ranked Battles.
If you cannot run an event because the population is too low, do you say the population is too low, or do you spin it to make it sound better?
So let’s get into the hard numbers, shall we?
Now, everything is going along just fine on the EU server. Here’s their numbers over the last week:
Now, of note here is the average: 28,053 The other thing to note is the 11th and 12th. That was Saturday and Sunday, last weekend. Notice how much thicker the population area is? It’s nearly double the weekday numbers.
That’s an ACTIVE community that works it’s ass off during the week, then floods the servers on the weekend to game on for a while…as it should be.
But then we look at South East Asia over the last week:
Wow. That’s just pathetic. One of the most heavily populated areas on earth and they can’t even average 7,000 players. They fall just short at 6,897. How fucking pathetic is that?
Note also how their weekend numbers are a bit better, but it’s not nearly double the weekday average like the EU server is. That means that what you have are some unemployed assholes playing ’round the clock and that’s about it.
Then we move on to the North American server that we all know is used primarily as a botting test ground and chat room more than actual game play these days:
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. We can’t even manage to average 11,000 anymore. Shit, we’re BARELY hanging on to 10,000 at an average of 10,376.
Now what’s VERY telling about this image is that there is absolutely NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL from the weekend numbers to the weekday numbers. That means that the ONLY people playing the game are the same, tired old trolls. There are no weekend warriors anymore.
Now, if we consider that all servers have the same events and game modes (and they do) and we assume that only about 5% of people are clicking the ranked battle button at any given time, then our player numbers look about like this as far as players for ranked are concerned:
In fact, it’s fucking God-awful. No wonder they pulled the fucking plug. Are you really going to go through an update, launch, support and all that shit for what amounts to a few hundred forum trolls with no life outside a fucking free to play game?
Fuck no. I mean, why bother, right?
Folks, that’s EXACTLY what Wargaming said: WHY BOTHER?