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/
This article was originally published in forum thread: PTR Build 13162, WoW reaches 12M Players, Authenticator Changes started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 207 Comments
  1. Drakxon's Avatar
    Its up to the guild leaders to enable or disable the auth per rank. I'm sure most guilds will require it for officers and above.
  1. Matchu'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.

    No. That's not even true.
  1. Ombree's Avatar
    almost first
  1. Frolk's Avatar
    For people that say "omg, i gotta buy an authenticator now, BUHU" if you haven't gotten one yet, u should buy one now, or do you wanna wait until AFTER you get hacked and then complain about it taking long to get your characters/stuff/gold back?
  1. Cerabret's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DarkZero View Post
    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.

    You really can't say that. Like getting sick in real life, you can seriously minimize the probability, but it will ALWAYS be a possibility. I haven't been sick beyond a simple cold in years, probably havent been to the doctors for anything except acne in about 10 years, but over the summer i got hit with a major staph infection, it's kinda the same deal.

    And in that respect, i can't personally blame GL's who want to know who they put in power is protected.
  1. Harith's Avatar
    Authenticator thing for guild bank/bank and bags = win?
    i can see this beaing an option sens it will mean you need to use your Authenticator 2 times witch in turns means the thing that send the fake signal and logs in with the real key won't work all they will be able to do is walk around with your char and rep your gear. so the only option left then is to take a big sample and figure out the algorytmem for the Authenticator (witch i have only met one person who has done it basicly they dude who teaches the high math teachers how to teach and he did it on his online back thing for fun)
  1. Zadoc's Avatar
    Hmm, my PTR seems to be running patch 13164 not 13162. Typo or maybe they did roll out another later build too?
  1. Candlemaster's Avatar
    rise against quote for the win go bob!
  1. AdamsGaming's Avatar
    The authenticator change is very good, if it is ever used. It will make sure the people promoted officers and guild masters in their guilds won't put everything in the guild bank in danger.
  1. ClavellBC's Avatar
    Nitpick about build number... it's actually 13164, not 13162, not that it should matter much.
  1. Cherrysoul's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Willelm View Post
    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!
    $6.50 u.s ... $26.50 AUS .. Hence why i do not have an Authenticator, I am not paying $20 postage for something that weighs well what nothing. Talk about being ripped off.
  1. Zef'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.
    Where did you get half a million from? They will make much more than that with sales of the expansion.

    EDIT: Even if 5 million buy Cataclysm at an average of $40 each that works out at $200 million. I only used 5 mill as I know in many places no purchase of expansions is necessary to play.
  1. subanark'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
    Even if you do have an emulator (or you make your own version of the authenticator) you still need the serial number of the authenticator to make one that mirrors the one in use. Getting the Serial number of an authenticator is somewhat tricky too (and this will probably only work if the user has the mobile authenticator).

    I can't think of any good reason to have more than one battle.net account. You can have multiple wow accounts on a single Battle.net account.

    Edit...
    I see what your saying, you can use a Java emulator to have a fake authenticator, which is much more vulnerable to hackers. I don't think doing this will be too popular, and it will be a lot of work on hacker's part to detect the few users that do this.
  1. Zoma's Avatar
    What? An entire build dedicated to Warlocks? What favoritism by Blizz. Need more pally builds. (sarcasm)

    Also, that part about 12 million subscribers will be great to use on the threads claiming WoW will be dead by the next expansion or so.

    G-rank Authenticators: Even if you are smart enough to avoid hackers and cheap enough not to spend $6 on extra security, what if someone else in the guild gets hacked? You still lose out on the empty G-bank and waiting for your Main Tank to get his gear back from Blizzard.
  1. Zadoc's Avatar
    So download a version of Authenticator for your iPod touch or mobile phone?
  1. skyesfury's Avatar
    How many of the 12 million are legitimate accounts and how many are the farmers/hackers/etc?
  1. Nexsa's Avatar
    Nice. Hopefully this will fix lot of troubles with accounts being taken and guild banks looted.
  1. davep's Avatar
    $2,158,560,000.00 a year, that's nice.
  1. Simca'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
    Why wouldn't you put two accounts on the same Battle.net account? You can access them both at the same time even if they're on the same acconut.
  1. Ultimanium's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cherrysoul View Post
    $6.50 u.s ... $26.50 AUS .. Hence why i do not have an Authenticator, I am not paying $20 postage for something that weighs well what nothing. Talk about being ripped off.
    This is what turns me off most from getting an authenticator.

    It costs just shy of 20 bucks to get the damn thing to Canada. CANADA.

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