World of Warcraft Has More Subscribers Than NYC Population

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced on Tuesday that it's incredibly successful MMORPG, World of Warcraft, has surpassed more than 9 million subscribers worldwide. "We're thrilled that gamers around the world have continued to embrace World of Warcraft so enthusiastically," said Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment®. "We've worked hard to provide a compelling experience for our players, and we plan to continue updating the game with exciting new content for them to enjoy for many years to come." The milestone news comes as Blizzard works with its partner The9 to prepare for the release of the games first expansion, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, in China.

Since its North American release in November 2004, World of Warcraft has achieved many accolades including becoming the best selling PC game of 2005 and 2006 and has maintained a top spot throughout much of 2007. The Burning Crusade expansion pack continued that trend earlier this year by breaking sales records around the world, selling over 2 million copies within 24 hours of its official retail sales launch and over 3 million copies in it's first month.

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Whats worse playing world of warcraft or sitting on the couch eating ho ho's and trying to come up with clever phrases that rhyme with world of warcraft.

Play WoW is just like anything else. yes there is the group of dorks you actually substitute WoW for real life but the majority just play cause its fun. Maybe you all are right. maybe we should stop playing and maybe go cause some trouble. Get a clue

The Blizzard marketing team do such a great job of making this sound like it's impressive. Almost certainly Sky and Virgin Media (cable providers) have this many subscribers yet we don't get them making grandiose comparisons with populations of cities. And Blizzard's figure is worldwide.

Having servers with 1.5m players like in Europe is sort of impressive from a technical perspective, but then many websites out receive far more hits everyday. Maybe Apache should start making comparisons with city populations on websites using their software, or Microsoft could say "MSDN has more subscribers than the population of Tokoyo!"; MSDN is sending GBs of information to each person too not measly little UDP packets.

Maple Story 50 Million subscribers but some source say that they are only 30M.

But of course Maple Story is not the overhyped products of the moment.

Nuff said.

I know too many players who live to play this game. They are completely consumed by it. So sad. As for me, I'm married and I plan to stay married. I've got too much going on to be involved in it!

What I find funny after reading this is how anything successful gets a bashing. World of Warcraft is pulling in millions a month from this game and has an incredabily amount of users so it means many people have to hate on it. Same with Microsoft, the OS populates over 90% of computer users' homes and has become widely successful so we hate on them. World of Warcraft does have some childish **** talkers in the game who feel they need to talk trash over the computer, but you can ignore them. I used to play WoW and while I did play it, I was completely addicted to it because it was alot of fun.

First smart comment on here.

My friends got me into WoW a few months ago and I love it. It's great fun. And to everyone else who thinks otherwise, what exactly are you hoping to accomplish by blasting all of us who think WoW is fun? Are you trying to change our minds? I'll tell you, the odds of someone reading a flame on a forum and then deciding to stop doing something fun are very slim indeed.
Can we at least try and not destroy each other over computer game preferences?

i only play WoW maybe 5-10 hours a month. not that much. not alot of time for it. i use it to mostly keep up with friends. as for games like Counter Strike... I'm no good at them. there's too many professional players on them for me to keep up

I don't know of anyone that plays 24/7, and also it doesn't cost $20 per month. The game is really a fine work of entertainment, if you think about it, say you spend $7.50 to goto the movies, and you do that twice a month, thats your WoW cost.

Been playing WoW since it was released, and still enjoy it.

I'm a casual player though, not into farming, raiding and all that endgame stuff that takes hours of planning and scheduling raids, and headsets, that seems more like work to me. But alot of people enjoy that and thats fine.

You can still play WoW and have an active social life though, so all you haters can STFU.

Are there idiots ? Sure with 9 million subscribers theres going to be some idiots in there. But not everyone is.

A big factor in enjoying WoW is picking the right server, I found that the game kind of stinks on a low population server, then I switched to a high pop server and the overall experience is alot better.

I've been playing about 4 or 5 months, it took me awhile to like the game, but I gave it a shot and at the end its a very good game. End game raiding, easy no, fun yes. But I think I will be canceling my account once some DX10 fps games come out later this year, like crysis. WoW can be really fun but in the end, dealing with guild drama, trying to find a good guild is all about the game, if your not in a good guild your not raiding at least not progressing...

I give blizzard props for the way they designed the game to be so addicting, I'm not even kidding, MSG is one of the ingredients.

9 million users? Nice.

8,329,481 - Gold farmers. (8,329,480 are bots)
670,519 - Legitimate accounts. (only 144,396 actual players)

Anyway you slice it though, Blizzard still gets $135,000,000 US (9,000,000 x 15) per month because of WoW. And that my friends, is what is called "/win".

Those people should get a real life. Who wants to go around and gather stones or leaves so that you can trade them for some other useless crap? And all they do in this game 90% of their time is going somewhere for whatever reason... so boring and such a waste of time and life.

Thanks for your completely misinformed and incorrect opinion.

Why don't you go back to your Xbox Live where you can swear like a sailor with all your high pitched 12 year old friends while spouting abuse at the person who killed you on the dull and turd coloured Gears of War.

If people want to waste their time getting wrapped up in a game then so be it.
Everyone has their own addictions anyhow..

The way I see it, there's less annoying/retarded people you have to deal with in real life

Spookie said,
Thanks for your completely misinformed and incorrect opinion.

Why don't you go back to your Xbox Live where you can swear like a sailor with all your high pitched 12 year old friends while spouting abuse at the person who killed you on the dull and turd coloured Gears of War. ;)

Don't even try it

You got the same exact type of people playing WoW. Like I said above, I only tried it for an hour and saw too many immature people on there and felt it wasn't even worth it.

NightmarE D said,
You got the same exact type of people playing WoW. Like I said above, I only tried it for an hour and saw too many immature people on there and felt it wasn't even worth it.

Right. Considering most of the starting zones are desolate. Major cities are now empty due to the exp pack... I feel you may be telling us porkies. Just didn't like the genre then? :)

I understand some people don't like it because it's a tad simple and a MMO but just spouting utter ******** about it makes you sound like a jurno for the daily mail who spounds things like- GTA KILL COPS FOR POINTS! It's so off the mark it's untrue and if you did a little research you might even begin to like it.

It's like going to Liverpool and seeing one mugging then saying every scouser is a thief. Just because it has a massive population you have more chance of running in to an idiot just like you have a high chance of running in to an idiot in Gear of War due to it's popularity with the kids. But pick up Flatout and you have nothing but men and women over the ages of 22 playing.

Mass generalisations aren't cool.

NightmarE D said,
I only tried it for an hour and saw too many immature people on there and felt it wasn't even worth it.

Well, you're right and milions of players are wrong... We have a genius, here

buletov said,
Who wants to go around and gather stones or leaves so that you can trade them for some other useless crap?

Who will ever like a game where you have a yellow mouth moving in a maze, eating small dots while some ghosts chase it? (pac-man).

Flatty said,
Well, you're right and milions of players are wrong... We have a genius, here :)

Just because millions of people play it doesn't mean everyone elses opinion of the game is invalid or stupid.

I, personally, thought NightmarE was right. I played it for about two weeks just to give it a fair test, and I thought the same thing he did. So what?

For some reason, because millions play it, anyone who doesn't play it and has a reason not to is somehow intellectually inferior to someone emotionally unstable enough to get irritated at the simple hint of there being something wrong with their game? Oh no!

Go collect some artificial rocks or something.

Eis said,
For some reason, because millions play it, anyone who doesn't play it and has a reason not to is somehow intellectually inferior to someone emotionally unstable enough to get irritated at the simple hint of there being something wrong with their game? Oh no!

I think you're completely missing the point. Or avoiding it. You choose.

Either way we were making the point you can't judge a MMO on 1 hrs play. It's like going to see a movie and then reviewing it on the first 30 mins of footage.

Hell you could level that point at anyone who defends a console, a game, a sport etc.

Eis said,
For some reason, because millions play it, anyone who doesn't play it and has a reason not to is somehow intellectually inferior to someone emotionally unstable enough to get irritated at the simple hint of there being something wrong with their game? Oh no!.

Wrong. You can say whatever you want, IF you give it a chanche. He played it 1 hour. One. And then comes here explaining people how mmorpg is...

I would never play a game for over an hour, if I didn't enjoy it to begin with. I play alot of games, and those games I enjoyed playing them right from the word go.
I've never played WoW, and it doesn't sound like an entertaining game to me.

Flatty said,

Well, you're right and milions of players are wrong... We have a genius, here :)

That is because there are millions of morons out there who would waste $20 per month on a game.

Spookie said,
I think you're completely missing the point. Or avoiding it. You choose.

Actually, I wasn't missing the point. I was replying to Flatty's:
Well, you're right and milions of players are wrong... We have a genius, here

You see? His entire point was quantity rules. Because millions play it, they are right. That's not true at all, and I defended THAT point.
It's like going to see a movie and then reviewing it on the first 30 mins of footage.

No, it's not. Games should be fun from beginning to end. Movies can be drawn out by an amazing plot. And since I don't normally hear WoW players rattling off about the amazing storyline, it probably relies on its gameplay.

But, if you join a game up and are immediately faced with immature children and rather dull gameplay then why continue playing? If you feel it's not worth it, you are entitled to your opinion, and you can write that opinion down wherever you feel like it. He wasn't being biased or saying the game ruined his life, he was saying he tried it and didn't like the damn thing. Same as I did.

Hell you could level that point at anyone who defends a console, a game, a sport etc.

You could, but I wouldn't. There's a line between defending something and being emotionally attached to something. Judging from your comments spamming anyone who says WoW isn't the coolest thing ever, I'm betting your emotionally attached to it, and you're only telling us all off to feel better about playing it all the time. Good for you, but it makes you sound a lot less convincing.
Flatty said,
Wrong. You can say whatever you want, IF you give it a chanche. He played it 1 hour. One. And then comes here explaining people how mmorpg is... ;)

What are you saying "wrong" to? I asked a question. How is my question wrong?

Spookie said,

I think you're completely missing the point. Or avoiding it. You choose.

Either way we were making the point you can't judge a MMO on 1 hrs play. It's like going to see a movie and then reviewing it on the first 30 mins of footage.

Hell you could level that point at anyone who defends a console, a game, a sport etc.


An MMO is infinite, whereas a film is not.

How long must someone play an MMO to review it then?

Eis said,
But, if you join a game up and are immediately faced with immature children and rather dull gameplay then why continue playing? If you feel it's not worth it, you are entitled to your opinion, and you can write that opinion down wherever you feel like it. He wasn't being biased or saying the game ruined his life, he was saying he tried it and didn't like the damn thing. Same as I did.

I said it once, I'll say it again. You can't judge a MMO on a hours worth of play. Every MMO is slow to begin. You can't give someone 40 spells, a talent tree, a raid system, a RvR world and a ranking system from day one. EVE does that exact thing and most of the subscribers drop in the first week. MMOs are slow burners.

You don't see people saying: "That Counter Strike is so awful I can't play it! I joined a server and it was full of childish idiots. I REFUSE to try it again!". They just leave the server and find another. Just in the case of a MMO. Leave the general channel, find a friendly newbie guild and get in to the game and progress together. :)

Many games cater for this, EVE has EVE-Uni, many other of the MMOs have dedicated guilds on various servers with experienced players giving time to newbies to get them off the ground.

Eis said,
You could, but I wouldn't. There's a line between defending something and being emotionally attached to something. Judging from your comments spamming anyone who says WoW isn't the coolest thing ever, I'm betting your emotionally attached to it, and you're only telling us all off to feel better about playing it all the time. Good for you, but it makes you sound a lot less convincing.

Negative, I play EVE-Online. I quit WoW over 3 months ago. I just think the constant "I PLAYD FOR AN HORZ ZOMG MMOS R 4 *** LULZ" are so common these days that they just needed the record setting straight from another perspective.

PureLegend said,
How long must someone play an MMO to review it then?

Good question, I reckon reaching a reasonable level to experience some group PvE, RvR (if it's part of the game) and see the storyline expand (*points at LotRo*). Expecting someone to reach level cap then experiance 'End game' content is unreasonable. :)

obsolete_power said,
That is because there are millions of morons out there who would waste $20 per month on a game.

Live is £44 for a P2P system. The PS3 does it for free. Does that make every live user a moron? :(

edit: Fixed the condescending Jimmy Carr-esq tone. Don't think some would get the pun. :P

for all the naysayers.. which is obvious most of you are.. the fact is.... it's a bloody good game and MILLIONS of people enjoy it... so drop the crap already.. and let ppl enjoy there game

Some like it and some don't. You like it and have every right to say so. That's your opinion of the game and I respect it, but others like me don't care for it and we have every right in the world to say we hate it.

NightmarE D said,
Some like it and some don't. You like it and have every right to say so. That's your opinion of the game and I respect it, but others like me don't care for it and we have every right in the world to say we hate it.

except for the simple fact that people like to complain more about something then praise it.... and it's also easer to whinge bout something you might not like.... I just got really sick of it... and this is comming from a world class whinger...

i wonder if they are couting bots gold farmers and spammers into that so realistically i would say there are only around 8.5 million users not to mention people that own several accounts.

littleneutrino said,
i wonder if they are couting bots gold farmers and spammers into that so realistically i would say there are only around 8.5 million users not to mention people that own several accounts.

I suppose your right but then you could say the same about new york as to whether they count crack dealers towards their population. just because their scum doesn't mean they're not there

I believe they are active subscribers. And bots and gold farmers do need an active account to play the game. So they still pay.

Good lord!

I'm glad I never got involved with the WoW or Sims franchises. Give me an old skool single player game any day.

I've found that unless you start playing multiplayer games the day they're released, you'll never keep up with the skill of other players with more free time. Case in point: I could never hope to win a game of CounterStrike, ever.

raskren said,
unless you start playing multiplayer games the day they're released, you'll never keep up with the skill of other players with more free time. Case in point: I could never hope to win a game of CounterStrike, ever.

Counter Strike is another kind of game. It's like playing tennis: you can start today and train for years, but you will never become as good as a pro-player. That's right. But WoW has a cap: when you reach level 70, it's all about looking for powerful stuff, fighting and using the auction house. You can play for 5 years and have good stuff in your pockets, but you can be a relatively young player (like me, playing since 3 months) and still find awesome stuff. That's because items and rewards are mostly given in a random way :). Sure, if you play PvP yoi will always find strong players. If that makes you feel weak, don't fight them. Just it. WoW is not PvP, is a lot of things ;).

Personal opinion: Ultima Online was/is the first and unique *real* mmorpg. 10 years ago, it started it all. You know is coming back in a "revisited" edition?