Just a few months ago, things weren’t looking so hot for World of Warcraft. Granted, there were still millions of active players, but it was on a slow and steady decline. Blizzard were hoping that Warlords of Draenor would revitalise things somewhat, and it has.
According to a press release from Blizzard, they have surpassed 10 million subscribers thanks to the launch of their latest expansion.
On November 13, millions of Azeroth’s champions enlisted for the war against the Iron Horde with the launch of World of Warcraft®: Warlords of Draenor™, the fifth expansion to the world’s #1 subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game.* Blizzard Entertainment today announced that as of the first 24 hours of the expansion’s availability, more than 3.3 million copies had sold-through† and the game’s global subscriber base had passed 10 million, with growth across all major regions
Expansion or not, for a game that is around 10 years old, that’s damn impressive. The launch had some teething problems (including a DDOS attack), but Blizzard made it up with an apology and some free game time. I expect players to stick around for a good few months at least.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, is happy with the results the expansion has yielded.
“We’re thrilled that so many players jumped in to play Warlords of Draenor on day one and are having a great time with the new content. We poured a lot of hard work and passion into this expansion, and we appreciate all the kind words from players and the overwhelming support they continue to show for World of Warcraft.”
I’ve yet to give World of Warcraft a bash. I fear I will fall into the addiction and never crawl out. Besides, where am I meant to find time for it AND that other game I love so much?
Last Updated: November 20, 2014