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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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RE: WoW is evil.
By DPigs on 10/29/2008 6:38:17 PM , Rating: 2
Way to over analyze.

The fact is that there comes a pint where you need to start doing end game raiding to advance your character and that demands a major commitment of time, both for doing the run itself and for just organzing the 25/40 people. And then the end boss doesn't drop the item you need and you have to do it all over again. At least that was how it was when I played; I know they have tweaked things since then.

And I stand by my statement that WoW is evil. DotA FTW.

RE: WoW is evil.
By Iaiken on 10/30/2008 10:13:13 AM , Rating: 2
Way to get defensive.

Don’t even bother trying to imply that I don’t understand; my raid managed to clear TBC raid content on a 9-10 hour/week schedule. To top it off, I was raid leader! Sure there is a small amount of logistics involved during start up, but once things got rolling it took less time than most people spend watching television.

Really, it’s just a matter of being in control of yourself and having realistic priorities. But congratulations anyway on trading in your WoW addiction for a budding DoTA addiction. :P

RE: WoW is evil.
By dsumanik on 10/31/2008 12:17:11 AM , Rating: 2
You sir are full of it... running endgame content in wow is a FULL TIME JOB...its a LIFESTYLE choice, and a daily commitment for several hours a day. I was a raid leader for about 6 months... then burnt out...9 hours a week? Some raids can take 3-4 hours just for one instance... much longer if there are unecessary wipes or you are learning new content, or dont have the right RAID composition...

i.e. heavy healing low DPS...youll make it through but its gonna take forever. Never mind keeping up with the spawn cycles, theres a different dungeon every night.

This is purposely set up by blizzard to encourage more play time, develop real "friendships" and commitment to ensure continued active play and difficulty of walking away.

Its hard to bail on the raid when you are the Main tank, or primary healer.. you let down 25 of your friends because now they cant run the instance without you.

Guild Drama, politics, Website maintenance, DKP tracking, ninja rolls, poor loot assignment by blizzard, immaturity, people not showing up, or too many showing and getting mad they cant join the raid, or subbing members out for certain bosses when they need drops etc etc....all adds to the stress and juggling act that is running an endgame guild in WOW.

9 hours a week?

Not for a serious raiding guild, its every weeknight, all day saturday and twice on sundays.

If it wasnt everyone on the server would be runnin around with sunwell lewts and legendary weapons galore.

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