World of Warcraft population grows to more than 11 million

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Irvine (CA) – Blizzard said that the subscriber base of its massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft has surpassed the 11 million mark, which is about the same as the population of New York City and Chicago combined, the population of Ohio – or more than the entire population of Greece.

As the next stage of World of Warcraft, Wrath of the Lich King, is nearing its completion (launch on November 13) Blizzard said that there are currently more than 11 million subscribers to the game worldwide. The original game was released in November 2004. The first expansion pack, 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, Blizzard said.