MMO-Champion - PTR Build 13162, WoW reaches 12M Players, Authenticator Changes
Patch 4.0.1 - PTR Build 13162
One of the most exciting PTR build is being deployed on test realms, the amazing amount of changes will keep you busy for hours, or even days, it's just amazing! (Note: I might be using sarcasm.)
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World of Warcraft Reaches 12 Million Players!
"Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
IRVINE, Calif. -- October 7, 2010 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that the subscriber base for World of Warcraft®, its award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), now exceeds 12 million players worldwide. This milestone was reached in the wake of the mainland Chinese launch of World of Warcraft's second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King®, and also as global anticipation continues to mount for the December 7 release of the game's third expansion, Cataclysm™.

"The support and enthusiasm that gamers across the world continue to show for World of Warcraft reaffirms our belief that it offers one of the best entertainment values available today," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We are as committed as ever to taking the game to new heights, and we look forward to demonstrating that with Cataclysm in December."

Since debuting in North America, Australia, and New Zealand on November 23, 2004, World of Warcraft has become the most popular subscription-based MMORPG around the world. It was the bestselling PC game of 2005 and 2006 worldwide, and finished behind only World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade®, the first expansion pack for the game, in 2007. For 2008, the World of Warcraft series represented three of the top five bestselling PC games, with Wrath of the Lich King finishing the year at #1, and in 2009, World of Warcraft titles claimed three of the top six spots.*

World of Warcraft is currently available in eight languages and is played in North America, Europe, mainland China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Chile, Argentina, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

To keep pace with the continued growth of World of Warcraft as well as development on other Blizzard Entertainment games, the company is currently hiring for numerous open positions. More information on career opportunities available at Blizzard Entertainment can be found at www.blizzard.com/jobs.

For further information on World of Warcraft, The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and Cataclysm, please visit the official website at www.worldofwarcraft.com.

Battle.net Authenticator Change
Originally Posted by Lylirra (Blue Tracker)
To help keep Battle.net accounts as secure as possible, we’ve recently changed how Battle.net authenticators can be used. Going forward, Battle.net authenticators can now only be associated with one Battle.net account at a time. No changes are being made to how many game licenses a single Battle.net account can support. You can still have multiple World of Warcraft accounts under a single Battle.net account, for instance, and all game licenses linked with a Battle.net account will still be protected if an authenticator is in use.

Those of you who currently have more than one Battle.net account associated with a single authenticator will be able to maintain your existing setup without needing to do anything. This change will only affect new authenticator attachments. But, if at some point you decide to detach the authenticator from any of your Battle.net accounts for any reason, you won't be able to reattach it if it's already associated with another Battle.net account.

For more information on the Battle.net authenticator and mobile authenticator application (available for free with many mobile carriers), please visit http://us.blizzard.com/support/article/blizzardauth
Cataclysm actually adds a couple of security features linked to the authenticator, you can now restrict guild ranks to people using Authenticators.


  • AUTHENTICATOR_CONFIRM_GUILD_DEMOTE = "%1$s can't be demoted to %2$s because that rank requires an Authenticator. Do you wish to demote %1$s to %3$s?";
  • AUTHENTICATOR_CONFIRM_GUILD_PROMOTE = "%1$s can't be promoted to %2$s because that rank requires an Authenticator. Do you wish to promote %1$s to %3$s?";
  • AUTHENTICATOR_GUILD_RANK_CHANGE = "This action would make the lowest guild rank require an Authenticator.";
  • AUTHENTICATOR_GUILD_RANK_IN_USE = "You can't set this option on a guild rank in use.";
  • AUTHENTICATOR_GUILD_RANK_LAST = "You can't set this option on the lowest guild rank.";



There was also another weird authentication added to the game files a while back, it might be for internal use only and I decided it would be safer to hide the phone number just to make sure that I don't make Blizzard very sad.


  • PHONESECURE_ENH_TEXT = "For security reasons, please call +x-xxx-xxx-xxx from the phone registered on this account to validate this login attempt, and enter your PIN as well as the following security code: %d.";
  • PHONESECURE_HEADER = "Phone Call Required";
  • PHONESECURE_TEXT = "Please call %s from your registered phone, and enter your PIN as well as the following security code: %s.";#
  • PHONESECURE_WAITING = "Waiting for authorization... %d";


BlizzCon 48-Hour Sale: Shop Before the Show
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
Heading to BlizzCon 2010? Planning to purchase some souvenirs at the show? From October 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific time until October 11 at 9:59 a.m., BlizzCon 2010 ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase select BlizzCon 2010 store merchandise online (while supplies last). Items purchased through this sale will be shipped directly to your home, giving you more time to take in the panels, tournaments, and other events at the show. To participate, log in to the online Blizzard Store during the sale hours using the Battle.net account provided when you purchased your BlizzCon 2010 ticket (viewable in the buyer's Order History), and head to the More Products section. A second 48-hour sale for BlizzCon Virtual Ticket purchasers will be taking place beginning October 13 -- place your order by October 10 to participate.

http://us.blizzard.com/store/
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Comments 207 Comments
  1. Cfyhx's Avatar
    First, oh and what a hell of a ptr build.
  1. Velandia's Avatar
    I like the Authenticator Changes.
  1. -Rain's Avatar
    Asshole, i actually believed the first part of the post and thought it would be amazing >:C
  1. Super Santiago's Avatar
    exciting!
  1. drsjohnny's Avatar
    some good stuff and wow 12M subs is sure alot and love the changes to authenticators as well
  1. Magmaros's Avatar
    i'm hoping this means they're pretty much done with the PTR builds and we get 4.0 this week
  1. Dragonwing's Avatar
    "Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."

    Who is this quoted from?
  1. granbr's Avatar
    12 millions...

    more than many countrys around the world...
  1. Alcotraz's Avatar
    What an exciting build.
  1. Will's Avatar
    It seems Blizzard realised how ridiculous the UA nerf was. It made no sense. Why'd they do it in the first place? I hear affl. is struggling on damage atm...

    ---------- Post added 2010-10-08 at 01:35 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by granbr View Post
    12 millions...

    more than many countries around the world...
    Of course not, but it's still a tiny little number compared to the total population on the planet, so the number makes sense
  1. Rhyahn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonwing View Post
    "Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."

    Who is this quoted from?
    Mark Twain
  1. Kapira's Avatar
    Last year they had a page on the Blizzcon site that listed all the fun stuff you could buy, but I can't seem to find it this time around.

    Am I just blind? I'd rather see what neat things they have for sale before deciding whether or not to get that virtual ticket, and the deadline for that is coming up fast...
  1. Willelm's Avatar
    I like the authenticator changes, but I can already hear the massive amounts of whining. "What, you mean, I have to pay $6.50 in order to be Rank 2 in my guild?! That's bull crap I'm not buying one of those!" (and yeah I know there's an app for it as well, but this is besides the point.)

    But yes, I like that change. Will keep guild banks even more safe!
  1. Deathwee's Avatar
    You know with Blizzard making over 2 billion dollars a year just from player subscription fees you would think they could afford to forgoe only half a million dollars and just make the expac free.
  1. Milton's Avatar
    ABOUT AUTHENTICATORS..
    This is a bad idea that only affects the honest ppl. Hackers can use the JAVA emulator on their PC to generate a new code every time they need to hack a new account. Us gamers, if we have, lets say... 2 accounts and use something like a mobile authenticator we will have to buy a NEW DAM PHONE just to keep the 2nd authenticator.
    Can I just ask who had this bright idea.... /facepalm

    About the lock changes
    I couldn't care less
  1. Blindfaith's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonwing View Post
    "Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."

    Who is this quoted from?
    Mark Twain :P
  1. Malthurius's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Deathwee View Post
    You know with Blizzard making over 2 billion dollars a year just from player subscription fees you would think they could afford to forgoe only half a million dollars and just make the expac free.
    Why would they do that when people will buy the expansion regardless?

    Yeah, it's been a rather slow day.
  1. Artzii's Avatar
    The authenticator changes are...interesting to say the least. I've got mixed feelings about it, but it'll be interesting to see what kind of impact it has.
  1. DarkZero's Avatar
    I hope many guilds doesn't use that "this rank requires an authenticator". I don't plan to add an authenticator to my account. I've never been hacked in the last 5 years and I don't believe I will soon enough.

    At least I have an android phone now, so I can easily add a mobile authenticator.
  1. Falith's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Milton View Post
    ABOUT AUTHENTICATORS..
    This is a bad idea that only affects the honest ppl. Hackers can use the JAVA emulator on their PC to generate a new code every time they need to hack a new account. Us gamers, if we have, lets say... 2 accounts and use something like a mobile authenticator we will have to buy a NEW DAM PHONE just to keep the 2nd authenticator.
    Can I just ask who had this bright idea.... /facepalm

    About the lock changes
    I couldn't care less
    Uhm, why cant you just buy a normal authenticator?

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