Activision Blizzard Q2 2017 Financial Conference Transcript

The Activision Blizzard Q2 2017 financial conference call took place today Aug 3 at 4:30pm EST. If you read the transcript after the break, it seems that World of Warcraft Patch 7.3 is scheduled internally for release after GamesCom 2017. Blizzard will feature the content there (unless Coddy was referring to something else).

  • Activision Blizzard had 407 million Monthly Active Users (MAUs)B in the quarter.

  • Blizzard had the biggest quarterly online player community in its history with a record 46 million MAUsB, up 38% year-over-year. The Overwatch community continued to grow more than a year after launch, setting another all-time MAUB record with the release of two seasonal events in the quarter. Hearthstone® MAUsB grew year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter to an all-time record, driven by its expansion, Journey to Un’Goro™.

  • Blizzard had Q2-record time spent. In April, Blizzard launched Uprising, an Overwatch seasonal event that included a player-versus-environment mode that drew record play time. Overwatch’s Anniversary event in May and June also drove strong engagement with record participation in customization items. Time spent in World of Warcraft® grew year-over-year in the second quarter, and the Legion™ expansion continued to perform ahead of the prior expansion.

  • Blizzard announced the first seven team sales for the Overwatch League , the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams, and the league is set to begin its inaugural competitive season later this year.

  • Blizzard announced a live-streaming media rights partnership for esports and in-game content across a number of franchises, but excluding Overwatch League content.

  • Activision Blizzard delivered nearly $1 billion of in-game revenues in the quarter with record performance in the first half of 2017.

  • Blizzard’s Overwatch, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and Diablo® III, which debuted new content during the quarter, drove strong in-game participation.

The event didn’t have Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime this time as a speaker, but he answered a question during the Q&A. The conference had the following speakers: Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick, Collister “Coddy” Johnson, and Spencer Neumann. Read the most pertinent parts of the event in the transcript.

Activision Blizzard Q2 2017

 

The Burning Heart | Patch 7.3

Prophet Velen: The loss of Xe’ra is a blow, especially to Turalyon. But even the Light Mother could not be allowed to force destiny upon us.

I wish Illidan had found another way to refuse her… but I too have had choices imposed upon me by the naaru.

This must not distract us from our mission. Now that we have the Army of the Light survivors with us, it is time to press our attack.

We need a foothold on the Antoran Wastes from which we can assault the Burning Throne. It is time to deprive Sargeras of his prize!

 

Objectives

Use the Navigation Console to travel to the Antoran Wastes.

The Burning Heart

 

Essence of the Light Mother | Patch 7.3

Prophet Velen: This is a crucial moment, (name). Our campaign must not lose momentum. Though she has fallen, I still sense Xe’ra’s presence all around us. The Light that shone within her heart can yet be a source of strength for our cause. No doubt the loss of Xe’ra has deeply wounded Turalyon. I will do what I can to ease his troubled spirit while you gather the vestiges of the naaru that remain.

 

Objectives

Collect 3 Vestiges of Light.

Essence of the Light Mother

 

Patch 7.3 Army of the Light Emissary Reputation Rewards

The Army of the Light Emissary reputation rewards offers Rank 2 recipes for Blacksmithing, Jewelcrafting, Leatherworking, and Tailoring. Among the broader rewards for everyone are the Sunglow faintly-glowing beverage, an iLevel 900 cloak, Boon of the Lightbearer (shoulder enchant), the Army of the Light Tabard, and the 475,000 gold Lightforged Warframe mount.

Army of the Light

 

World of Warcraft PTR Patch 7.3 (24730)

This is the second patch today, and finally it unstuck players still trapped in the ghost crash loop at the Krokuun graveyard. New Argus maps have been introduced.

 

Unknown at this moment if this is a bug, but in this patch Argus can be seen in the sky without defeating Kil’jaeden in the Tomb of Sargeras raid.

 

New quest “The Netherlight Crucible” at in the Vindicaar (Krokuun) to upgrade relics to level 1. You must be Artifact level 60 to unlock the second tier of relic upgrades. To reach level 60 you must collect Artifact Power to upgrade the Concordance of the Legionfall artifact passive, or if you are behind, purchase the artifact traits with artifact power until you unlock the Corcordance of the Legionfall trait. Currently, Follower Missions and Argus chests reward Artifact Power 300+ million, so you will reach level 60 within the week.

The Invasion Point scenarios either are bugged or been disabled. When you enter them, they have been completed already with a portal back outside.

Patch 7.3 – The Return of the Validated Doomsayers

Years ago, Blizzard Entertainment introduced a pre-Cataclysm world event featuring Doomsayers from the Twilight’s Hammer Clan who had infiltrated Orgrimmar and Stormwind with tales of impending doom, as Deathwing and elementals sought to end the world. You can watch the Alliance and Horde versions in our 2010 articles.

There was a second arrival of Doomsayers in July 2016 for the pre-Legion world event which granted the Feat of Strength: “It All Makes Sense Now.”

 

In the Legion version, a random doomsayer would transform into a demon, with a chance to drop Pocket Fel Sprayer.

 

With Sargeras’ return looming in the horizon, Patch 7.3 brings the Validated Doomsayers once more, but this time exclusively in the streets of Dalaran (tested). They will provide you with 12 pamphlets.

Validated Doomsayers

 

Whispers of a Frightened World | Patch 7.3

Magni Bronzebeard: “Champion! Azeroth needs our help.”

(Magni Bronzebeard’s words echo in your mind, as if rising from somewhere deep and ancient. Azeroth’s world soul seeks to deliver a warning to the Speaker, but some force is interfering with the message.)

(Magni has urged you to travel to Sholazar Basin, the vibrant heart of frozen Northrend, to aid him.)

 

Objectives

Meet Magni in Sholazar Basin and hear the warning.

Whispers of a Frightened World

 

Patch 7.3: Vindicaar Soulbound Item Vendor

The new Soulbound Item vendor Thaumaturge Vashreen sells iLevel 775 gear upgrades for Alt characters. These can be purchased for 650 Veiled Argunite. A currency that drops from elite rare bosses throughout Krokuun, Mac’Aree, and Antoran Wastes in Argus. The bosses usually drop 3-6 Veiled Argunite and 5-10 from treasure chests. **Hope the iLevel is increased before the patch goes Live. You can get better ilevel 845 from normal dungeons.

Turalyon offers a quest titled “Fuel of a Doomed World” which grants 500 Veiled Argunite as reward.

 

SONGHAMMER announces roster joining Music Video scheduled this Summer

The BlizzCon-acclaimed Hard Rock band, SONGHAMMER, is gearing up to start production of their next Music Video “Eat Us Alive” to be released this summer, and they have announced today three additions to the cast… and let me tell you… these are BIG names:

  • Greg Grunberg (IMDB) — better known as Matt Parkman in NBC TV’s HEROES, Wexley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Commander Finnegan in Star Trek: Beyond.

  • Clare Kramer (IMDB) — executive producer of three TV series: Film Pigs, Tweet Out, and Take Five

  • Sam Jones (IMDB) — known as Flash Gordon (1980), also seen in the role of support character in Stargate SG-1, Baywatch, A-Team and more.

 

You can download their Warcraft-inspired music over at Songhammer.com

Follow Songhammer in Facebook, and Twitter for future updates! If you wish to sponsor Songhammer to support the production of their next music video send a private message to Songhammer.

 

World of Warcraft: Traveler Book 2 The Spiral Path Coming February 2018

World of Warcraft: Traveler # 2The next chapter in Greg Weisman’s Scholastic children series, World of Warcraft: Traveler, Book 2: The Spiral Path, is coming on February 27, 2018. You can pre-order it now.

“An epic action-adventure series set in Blizzard’s popular World of Warcraft® game franchise. Features a young cast of characters discovering the mysteries and majesty of the world around them. Includes twenty illustrations throughout drawn from the point of view of Aram, the main character.”

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Series: World of Warcraft (Book 2)
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (February 27, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1338029371
ISBN-13: 978-1338029376

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