As Blizzard’s Wrath of the Lich King continues to thrive in the marketplace, selling 2.8 million copies in the first 24 hours and marking new records, the player base as a whole increases as well. Blizzard has provided the latest numbers of the WoW subscriber count and after reaching 11 million subscribers a couple of months ago, the MMO has now officially reached 11.5 million subscribers. Blizzard also notes that it has sold 4 million copies of Wrath in the month of November.
With World of Warcraft expanding into new territories like Eastern Europe and Latin America earlier this year, the news doesn’t startle many and while this may seem as if the MMO currently has that many players, Blizzard defines a subscriber as such: “World of Warcraft subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or have an active prepaid card to play World of Warcraft, as well as those who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access. Internet Game Room players who have accessed the game over the last 30 days are also counted as subscribers. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or cancelled subscriptions, and expired prepaid cards. Subscribers in licensees’ territories are defined along the same rules.”
With that many subscribers, Blizzard will need to keep the content coming, which should be easy for them as they already have the next expansion planned.