WoW Subscriber Base Hits 11.5 Million

From Tom's Hardware: According to Blizzard, World of Warcraft surpassed 11.5 million subscribers after the release of the game's second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King. Apparently, more than 2.8 million copies were sold in the first 24 hours of its availability, and have now sold over 4 million copies in the initial first month. “Not only is Wrath of the Lich King still doing well, the base World of Warcraft game and the World of Warcraft Battle Chest are performing better than last year,” said Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. “That type of traction is very impressive for a game that is going into its fifth holiday season and speaks to the enthusiastic player base Blizzard Entertainment products have.”

Of course, Blizzard was also quick to define where the subscription numbers actually came from, revealing that the figures include Internet Game Room players who have accessed the game over the last thirty days. The subscription base also includes gamers 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. But whether the figures are embellished or not, the fact of the matter is that World of Warcraft is the #1 MMORPG to date, racking in mounds and mounds of cash for all employees enlisted at Blizzard--in a matter of speaking, Blizzard is the ultimate gold farmer.

To keep up with consumer demand, Blizzard is currently hiring for numerous positions. Interested individuals should head here and check out what the company offers; not only is Blizzard looking for talented people to "help keep pace with continued growth of World of Warcraft," loads of other jobs are listed as well. For Diablo 3, Blizzard seeks a Software Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Senior Game Designer, and a Senior 3D Environment Artist. For StarCraft II, a senior Game Designer and an Associate 3D Artist is needed. In all, over 50 jobs are available, spanning from Irvine, California to Austin, Texas.

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