World of Warcraft (WoW), the most popular multiplayer online
role-playing game (MMORPG) has reached a mark of 10 million
subscribers, with around 5.5 million in Asia alone.
Blizzard Entertainment has announced that the subscribership for
WoW, its award-winning MMORPG has passed 10 million subscribers
worldwide, since its launch on November 23, 2004.
This subscriber count includes individuals who have paid a subscription
fee or have an active prepaid card to play WoW, those who have
purchased the game and are within their free month of access as well as
Internet Game Room players who have accessed the game over the last
Though the game was launched in North America, its market there
accounts to only 2.5 million subscriber. Major part of the WoW
subscribers are in Asia accounting to approximately 5.5 million, while
the remaining 2 million subscribers are in Europe.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, said
"It’s very gratifying to see gamers around the world continuing to show
such enthusiasm and support for WoW. We are always pleased to welcome
new players to the game, and we are looking forward to sharing the next
major content update with the entire community in the months ahead."
WoW was the bestselling PC game of 2005 and 2006 worldwide. Its
first expansion pack ‘WoW: The Burning Crusade’ launched in 2007 holds
the record of being the fastest-selling PC game of all time, in
addition to being the the best selling PC game in North America and
Europe in 2007.
Blizzard claims to have sold with nearly 2.4 million copies in the
first 24 hours of availability of the first expansion pack and
approximately 3.5 million in its first month.
Meanwhile, the company is working on the second expansion pack
titled "WoW: Wrath of the Lich King", which was unveiled at the
company’s BlizzCon gaming festival in August 2007.
WoW is currently available in seven languages, with a Russian
version in development and scheduled for release later this year. In
addition to North America and Europe, the game is played in mainland
China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia,
and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.