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    How many people play World of Warcraft?

    The title pretty much says it all. I am started to play WoW again after the release of Cataclysm, and i was wondering about how many people play WoW on a rough estimate if anybody knows.

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    According to Blizzard, around 11.4M.

    A rough estimate would be "a crapload".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liara View Post
    According to Blizzard, around 11.4M.

    A rough estimate would be "a crapload".
    Wrong. there are 11.4 million accounts. Not people.

    Some have estimated that roughly 8-8.5 million individual people play this game. Many having multiple accounts.

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    What's really interessting though is how many people who ever played WoW. 30-50mill?

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    Obligatory: OVER 9,000!

    OT: 11.4 million accounts, like Liara said, but I don't believe they've released the amount of actual individuals who play.

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    Probably like 7 million?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noteworthynerd View Post
    Obligatory: OVER 9,000!

    OT: 11.4 million accounts, like Liara said, but I don't believe they've released the amount of actual individuals who play.
    That was in march.. or was it april? I bet it's much less now due to decline in quality, no content patches and summer.
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    ..................12

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    17 people with lots of alts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monacelli View Post
    17 people with lots of alts.
    Actually the number is 42.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dashield28 View Post
    Wrong. there are 11.4 million accounts. Not people.

    Some have estimated that roughly 8-8.5 million individual people play this game. Many having multiple accounts.
    And that's 11.4 million created accounts.. Doesn't mean they are active.

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    If I'm not mistaken tho, 11.4 million doesn't include all the players from China, since they have their own game designed by the governement or something like that. And I heard ALOT of people play WoW in China.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignorance View Post
    And that's 11.4 million created accounts.. Doesn't mean they are active.
    Actually it does. They stated 12 million active subscribers a while ago and recently said it has dropped by 600 000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignorance View Post
    And that's 11.4 million created accounts.. Doesn't mean they are active.
    No. At the time the number was taken that was active accounts.
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    World of Warcraft’s Subscriber Definition
    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 thirty 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.
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    One thing people need to realize is that WoW doesnt have the biggest population of any MMO, they are the highest SUB BASED MMO population on the market, but there's some asian MMO that has over 35million active members, forgot the name though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dashield28 View Post
    Wrong. there are 11.4 million accounts. Not people.

    Some have estimated that roughly 8-8.5 million individual people play this game. Many having multiple accounts.
    Yeah "some" is a great source. Let us all listen to "some".

    So if there are as you say 11 million accounts and 8 million players, does that not mean 3 million people have multiple accounts. Um..why would 3 million people need multiple accounts. That is a lot of multitaskers and gold farmers..or whatever.

    So my question would be..what source do "some" have?
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    One cause is a cognitive bias called projection bias. Essentially living inside your own head your entire life makes it exceedingly difficult to understand how others do not also live your same life, think your same thoughts, and hold your same beliefs. In many cases it's quite frustrating to try to empathize and understand why you yourself may not be the center of the universe, which generally results in one 'acting out' in various ways.
    So, in short: the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sw3d3n View Post
    One thing people need to realize is that WoW doesnt have the biggest population of any MMO, they are the highest SUB BASED MMO population on the market, but there's some asian MMO that has over 35million active members, forgot the name though.
    Most people are well aware of the various pay-to-win MMOs (the one you're thinking of is probably Maple Story) out there. They just don't get brought up because both sides of this argument tend to hate them equally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobzor View Post
    What's really interessting though is how many people who ever played WoW. 30-50mill?
    In an interview for the 5th anniversary, Rob Pardo estimated that 2.5 to 3 times the current subs had passed through the game. At that time it would have made 25-30 million people. That was 1,5 years ago.
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    One cause is a cognitive bias called projection bias. Essentially living inside your own head your entire life makes it exceedingly difficult to understand how others do not also live your same life, think your same thoughts, and hold your same beliefs. In many cases it's quite frustrating to try to empathize and understand why you yourself may not be the center of the universe, which generally results in one 'acting out' in various ways.
    So, in short: the internet.

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