With Major ‘WOW Killer’s’ Age of Conan and Warhammer Online, Blizzard’s World of Warcraft Cannot Possibly Thrive

Fun Fact: World of Warcraft’s player subscription base is equal to Ohio’s population according to the 2007 census estimates.

Even before the release of next major expansion Wrath of the Lich King, Blizzard has much to brag about. After Age of Conan and WAR Online both have released and Blizzard still holds a strong grasp over the MMORPG market, an ever-growing gaming scene, and has now reached a player base of 11 million strong.


Quoted from Blizzard:

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.

Since debuting in North America on November 23, 2004, World of Warcraft has become the most popular MMORPG around the world. It 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.

To keep pace with the continued growth of World of Warcraft as well as development on other Blizzard Entertainment games, the
company is currently hiring for numerous open positions. More
information on available career opportunities at Blizzard Entertainment
can be found at

For further information on World of Warcraft, The Burning Crusade, and Wrath of the Lich King, please visit the official website at www.worldofwarcraft.com.

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