Blizzard has announced that the world’s most popular massively multiplier online game, World of Warcraft, now has over nine million subscribers worldwide.
It doesn’t seem all that long ago when the developer announced that the game had reached the eight million subscriber mark
. Blizzard claims that the continually increasing number of subscribers is down to the compelling experience and continuing updates to the two and a half year old game.
The game’s The Burning Crusade expansion pack, which came out last year, undoubtedly caused a surge in the number of subscribers after selling almost 2.4 million copies in the first 24 hours after its release. The expansion then went on to sell around 3.5 million copies in its first month on sale.
Blizzard has also announced that it is currently working with its World of Warcraft partner in China, The9, to prepare The Burning Crusade for release in the region. The developer expects this to cause another influx of new and returning subscribers.
Given the sheer size of China and how fast the expansion pack sold in other regions, we expect to be reporting WoW passing the ten million subscriber mark soon after the expansion pack’s release.
Having said that though, with the laws that China introduced nearly two years ago
that were designed to prevent gamers from playing online games for too long
, could WoW’s appeal be limited in the region? Share your thoughts in our forums