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World of Warcraft reaches milestone in the lead up to the release of Wrath of the Lich King expansion

In a press release Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that the subscribership for World of Warcraft has exceeded 11 million players worldwide. This milestone was reached as Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft's second expansion, nears its worldwide launch date of November 13.

Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment commented on World of Warcraft reaching the milestone stating, "It's been very rewarding to see gamers around the world continue to show such strong support for World of Warcraft.” He also said, “We remain fully committed to responding to that enthusiasm with a high-quality, constantly evolving game experience.”

World of Warcraft debuted in North America on November 23, 2004, and has become the most popular MMORPG around the world. According to the press release World of Warcraft was the bestselling PC game of 2005 and 2006 worldwide, and finished behind only World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, the first expansion pack for the game, in 2007. In addition to being the bestselling PC game of 2007 in both North America and Europe, The Burning Crusade holds the record for fastest-selling PC game of all time, with nearly 2.4 million copies sold in its first 24 hours of availability and approximately 3.5 million in its first month.

World of Warcraft was recently launched in Russia and Latin America, and is currently available in eight languages. In addition to North America and Europe, the game is played in mainland China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Chile, Argentina, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

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11 M? right
By vapore0n on 10/29/2008 10:44:23 AM , Rating: 1
11 million subscribers and yet I cant find a group for ubrs...

Maybe its 11 million copies sold, not 11M active players?
Since you have to subscribe to play anyway...

RE: 11 M? right
By rcc on 10/29/2008 10:51:39 AM , Rating: 3
Blizzard has always said that their numbers are active subscribers. If so, you have to wonder how many copies were sold.

RE: 11 M? right
By SavagePotato on 10/29/2008 11:07:22 AM , Rating: 2
I would wager to say their numbers are still somehow very creative or just flat out false.

Companies always dramatize the number of subscribers. Like Second Life with it's player base of two million people. which is actually more like 50k actively played, probably two thirds of which are multiple camping alts for the actual active players.

RE: 11 M? right
By rdeegvainl on 10/29/2008 11:33:41 AM , Rating: 2
World of Warcraft subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or have an active prepaid card to play World of Warcraft, as well as those who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access. Internet Game Room players who have accessed the game over the last thirty days are also counted as subscribers. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or cancelled subscriptions, and expired prepaid cards. Subscribers in licensees' territories are defined along the same rules.

RE: 11 M? right
By Murloc on 10/29/08, Rating: -1
RE: 11 M? right
By kamel5547 on 10/29/2008 6:05:20 PM , Rating: 2
*Shrug* I gave my account (and cd's) to my sister, so it may be less than 1 copy sold per subscriber. (seeing how you can download a free demo trail it may well be fewer copies 'sold' at this point).

RE: 11 M? right
By amanojaku on 10/29/2008 10:55:40 AM , Rating: 2
Since you have to subscribe to play anyway..

You don't need to subscribe every month, according to some sources. The casual player can buy credits for time. I don't play WoW and I can't verify this, but it makes sense.

RE: 11 M? right
By 325hhee on 10/29/2008 11:03:58 AM , Rating: 1
The real numbers are a few hundred thousand subscribers in the US, and the rest are over seas in Europe and Asia, Asia Alone made up over 9 million of those supposed active players. The US has about 400-500 thousand subscribers. Europe has about 1.2 mil.

So in essence 8million GOLD FARMERS STRONG!!!!!

But really, they're lying when they said they were active subscribers, most of those were trial accounts, or gold farmer accounts, the numbers just make the company look good. I forgot which site has the numbers for MMoRPG tracking, but that site was fairly accurate, I was a long time EQ player, and I knew the numbers did seem low, and when I looked at the numbers, I could believe it, 200k active gamers sounds about right for EQ.

RE: 11 M? right
By Raidin on 10/29/2008 4:42:56 PM , Rating: 2
They're not lying, they do have over 11 million active subscribers.

If you don't consider a gold farmer or trial account as an active subscriber, that's your problem, doesn't make them liars. Besides, it's not like they can tell you off-hand how many of their accounts are gold farming accounts in order to exclude them, should they wish to publish the numbers of 'non-gold farming players'.

RE: 11 M? right
By Dharl on 10/29/2008 11:16:59 AM , Rating: 2
You don't need to subscribe every month, according to some sources. The casual player can buy credits for time. I don't play WoW and I can't verify this, but it makes sense.

You sir are correct.

I have a friend who does this when he plays WoW. He'll buy the game cards from various stores. Usually one months worth, even though he doesn't really play the full month. He'll end up playing 3 or 4 months out of a year.

RE: 11 M? right
By Aikouka on 10/29/2008 11:06:30 AM , Rating: 2
Your reasoning is that it's not true because you can't find a group for a level 60 10-man dungeon? 11 million, for one... doesn't mean there's 11 million on your server or even in your region. WoW is available in Europe, Asia and Latin America as well. We won't even mention that there are over 100 realms in the North America/Oceanic region.

RE: 11 M? right
By vapore0n on 10/29/2008 12:27:44 PM , Rating: 2
I heard blizzard added a new item

Its stats include pluses to satire, sarcastic, and funny_bone.
I think you need to grind for one of those. They are epic.

RE: 11 M? right
By walk2k on 10/29/08, Rating: 0
RE: 11 M? right
By rcc on 10/29/2008 1:40:31 PM , Rating: 2
Did you even read what you quoted? In January they had 10 Million subcribers. Not sold games, subcribers. Unless they don't understand the language it's pretty unambiguous.

But, I'm not sure I really care.

RE: 11 M? right
By walk2k on 10/29/2008 2:43:11 PM , Rating: 2

"It is important that the number is representative of TOTAL CURRENT SUBSCRIBERS, not other metrics like box sales, or peak concurrent users."

RE: 11 M? right
By HeelyJoe on 10/30/2008 6:53:36 AM , Rating: 3
Do you really not realize that you have just proven his point?

RE: 11 M? right
By Ammohunt on 10/29/08, Rating: -1
RE: 11 M? right
By jonmcc33 on 10/29/2008 8:25:25 PM , Rating: 2
Um, you can download the game for free and have a 10 day long trial now. It has nothing to do with "copies sold".

Given that it is indeed 11 million subscribed, that's a lot of people without a life.

RE: 11 M? right
By gyranthir on 10/31/2008 10:23:58 AM , Rating: 2
And a lot of gold farmers.

The trick though is, this game is all over the world.

8 Languages, many server farms.

CWoW (wow in china), has more subscribers than the US that actively play and aren't gold farming.

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