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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  1. Argroth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Senaelanna View Post
    I met a dude at the bar tonight who comment on my WoW hat. 2 minutes later, asian girls were sitting on me attempting to choke me with their tongue. I responded by getting their # and will continue monster pimping tomorrow night.

    Discuss.
    Fake stories are fun.
  1. lunaspike's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Leonora View Post
    You misunderstand me. You speculate that they reached a plateau, I dont think they reached a plateau. I think they would do better if they made the game more challenging. But both of us speculate since none of us really knows.
    Ah, sorry for the misunderstanding. I honestly don't know. From what I have seen cata will introduce more challenges, though I think the biggest one will be enormous queue times. I have to admit I get tired of certain instances being too easy. I like the level of difficulty in halls of reflection. What I am worried about is that they might go overboard and make stuff hard just for the sake of being hard, instead of trying to make it interesting and fun. I hope that makes sense.
  1. Zokten's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lunaspike View Post
    1. current market, people may not like to admit it but the U.S. at least is in some serious financial trouble.
    You might want to replace US with global.

    ---------- Post added 2010-10-09 at 05:57 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by lunaspike View Post
    I tend to think the first thing, economics, is a huge part of it. I have talked to so many that just say "it was either play wow or not eat for a few days a week".
    Sorry but that example is terrible
  1. Rivermark's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Falith View Post
    Uhm, why cant you just buy a normal authenticator?
    Blizzard don't ship to some countries.
  1. stupid11'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.
    Math fail.... it would be ~$480 million to make the expac "free." Half a billion dollars.

    ---------- Post added 2010-10-10 at 10:18 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by lunaspike View Post
    Yes, I think it has reached it's plateau, and I agree that nobody knows for sure why. I tend to think the first thing, economics, is a huge part of it. I have talked to so many that just say "it was either play wow or not eat for a few days a week". Now I don't think wow is overpriced for it's value, don't get me wrong. I think we are just in a bad state economically in the U.S.

    I think they will try to get the ceiling up, I think a big part of that was the recent push into asia. They put lots of work into changing things just for their version of wow. So it's got to offer them something very hefty in return. Blizz isn't the kind of company to do something without a return, but then what money making company is?
    Um, a few days a week times ~4 weeks per month is 8-12 meals. Who the fuck can live off of literally $1-2 a day (in the US)? WoW costs $12 a month in bulk, $15 a month individually.

    Your position is retarded. Entertainment spending goes up in a recession.
  1. lolipopp's Avatar
    If you want to save a lot of time over the next weeks and like to update everything in a single click, upgrade to Curse Premium!.

    u fucking joking me right :P?
  1. Phaidrae's Avatar
    OMG...new tree forms are TERRIBLE. So Soooooooo fail. They look like a cross between a goblin and a lion with an afro made of leaves...complete w/ a soul patch. Tell me plz, if I'm a female toon - why do I want a beard? I'm not a dwarf...

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