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World Of WarCraft

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Blizzard
Developer: Blizzard
Release Date: Nov. 23, 2004 (US), Feb. 11, 2005 (EU)

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As WP's senior editor, I edit review and preview articles, attempt to keep up with the frantic pace of Rainier's news posts, and keep our reviewers on deadline, which is akin to herding cats. When I have a moment to myself and don't have my nose in a book, I like to play action/RPG, adventure and platforming games...

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'World of Warcraft' Exceeds 1.5 Million Subscribers

by Judy on March 17, 2005 @ 10:09 a.m. PST

Rich in legend and filled with adventure, the World of Warcraft awaits! For the first time, players experience the lands of Azeroth from a new, in-depth perspective. As heroes, they explore familiar battlefields, discover new lands and take on epic quests and challenges.

Building on its record-breaking debuts in North America, Korea, and Europe, "World of Warcraft" has reached global peak concurrency - the number of subscribers playing at the same time in each market - of more than 500,000 players.

"All of us at Blizzard are extremely gratified and amazed at the international demand for 'World of Warcraft,'" said Mike Morhaime, president of Blizzard Entertainment. "From region to region, we've seen a phenomenal level of enthusiasm for 'World of Warcraft,' and we're absolutely thrilled people are enjoying the game so much."

Since its debut in North America on Nov. 23, 2004, "World of Warcraft" has launched to critical and commercial success in Korea and Europe, exploding in popularity across the globe. In the span of a few short months, "World of Warcraft" has achieved record-breaking milestones, including:

Europe:

  • Over 290,000 account creations and 180,000 peak concurrency in its first weekend.
  • Over 500,000 active subscribers and 230,000 peak concurrency to date.

Korea:

  • The most successful 100-day launch of any MMORPG in Korean history since its commercial release on Jan. 18, 2005.
  • "World of Warcraft" is currently played in 75 percent of Korean Internet Game Rooms (IGRs), the primary venue for playing games in Korea. IGRs subscribe directly to MMORPGs and then players buy blocks of time from the IGRs for game time.

North America:

  • Over 200,000 subscribers and 100,000 peak concurrency achieved in the game's first 24 hours.
  • Current subscriber base of over 800,000 players.

Blizzard Entertainment is now focused on preparing the game for launch in additional regions in Asia and firming up service support in existing data centers. "World of Warcraft" is scheduled to launch in China in 2005, where excitement for the game has already reached a fevered pitch, as evidenced by the 100,000 applications for the limited open beta in just the first hour of signups on Feb. 28, 2005. Launches in Taiwan and other regions are scheduled to follow closely thereafter.


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