“World of Warcraft” breaks 11 million player mark.

The 800 pound gorilla of MMORPGs continues its phenomenal growth with Blizzard announcing today that they’ve broken the 11 million player mark:

IRVINE, Calif. – October 28, 2008 – Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that the subscribership for World of Warcraft®, its award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), now exceeds 11 million players worldwide. This milestone was reached as the beta test for Wrath of the Lich King®, World of Warcraft’s second expansion, nears completion. Wrath of the Lich King will launch in several regions around the world starting on November 13.

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

That’s active subscribers, by the way, which Blizzard goes out of their way to mention:

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.

If WoW were a county it would rank in the list of countries by population at 75 out of 221 right between Greece (11,215,000) and Chad (10,781,000). Growth has slowed quite a bit since the first couple of years, but they still anticipate adding another million to the list within a year’s time now that they’ve launched in Russia and Latin America. Gotta admit, that’s mighty impressive.

5 thoughts on ““World of Warcraft” breaks 11 million player mark.

  1. …constantly evolving game experience

    You’ve hit 70, maxed out your raid gear over months and months of grinding… now evolve and do it again!
    Yikes.  I wish I could like the game, but it seems the recent zombie invasion was all too accurate a description of game play. 
    – Matt

  2. That’s one way to play, sure, but not how I do it. I actually don’t raid all that often and not even my 70 Dwarven hunter main has any raid gear. In fact the three epic pieces I got off the WotLK event last night are the first three epics I’ve had since I got one of the epic Headless Horseman rings during last year’s Hallow’s End event.

    I do spent a lot of time playing alternate characters, though, following quest lines I didn’t follow the first time through and learning how each class plays. I’m also playing on the Horde side as well as the Alliance so I’m seeing the game from that point of view as well.

    The occasional bout of PVP in the battlegrounds rounds things out and keeps me busy and the new achievement system makes for all manner of interesting side activities. There’s more to the game than just raid grinds.

  3. Yes, I suppose that is a way to play, and probably the better way.  I’m too competitive in PvP and refused to do Raids, so I often found myself, in BGs and Open PvP, at the pointy end of weapons and spells that were just too powerful due to equipment bonuses and such.  Which was very disheartening to this casual player.  But, that is how it is with PvE games—you want the best, you PvE. 
    I’ve started playing Warhammer, which has kept my interest for over a month now.  Not quite as equipment centric, and can be fun at times.  However, the imbalances and population problems have been a problem.  I think they stand a good chance of fixing it soon with free character transfers, but that is yet to be seen.
    Hmm.. didn’t mean for that to turn into a Warhammer plug.  Just to balance it:  To anyone thinking about Warhammer, I don’t suggest it at this time, wait a few months and then give it a try.
    – Matt

  4. You’re welcome to plug Warhammer or any other MMORPG you like to play. I hold no illusions to having the finest taste in video games.

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