World of Warcraft Classic Is a Huge Success so Far!
There was once a time when Blizzard confidently said they would never host Classic WoW. At the Warlords of Draenor Blizz con event, one hooded gamer asked: “Have you ever thought about adding servers for previous expansions as they were then?”.
Then Vice President of World of Warcraft, J. Allen Brack replied: “No. You don’t want to do that either. You think you do, but you don’t”.
Well, it seems that not too long after that, Blizzard changed their mind and announced World of Warcraft Classic. Fans of Vanilla were ecstatic. In the 2 years since the announcement, there has been a multitude of forum posts and articles discussing whether Brack was actually right. Was it just nostalgia? Would fans enjoy playing this 15-year-old game or were they romanticizing the past? It turns out, Brack was very wrong.
Classic WoW was released on August 28, 2019, and although it’s only been a few weeks since then, it’s fair to say that Classic WoW has already been a massive success. World of Warcraft Classic became the most-watched game on Twitch and in August alone, WoW viewership jumped up 83%. According to TwitchTracker, 67.9 million hours of World of Warcraft Classic was watched in August, and 53.4 million hours have been watched so far in September. WoW Classic is still ranking in first place on Twitch, dominating all other games.
Before the launch of Classic WoW, Blizzard allowed players to log into the game and reserve character names. This process meant that Blizzard got an idea of how many players would be flooding to the servers on launch day. They realized there was a high demand and long queue times were expected. To try and ease some of the pressure, Blizzard added four new servers before the game even launched. Even this wasn’t enough. On launch day some players were stuck in queues for 8 hours or more, while attempting to get their hands on some much sought after Classic WoW gold! Even more servers have since been added on US realms and European realms as server after server becomes full.
Activision Blizzard Stock Price Boost
The stock price of Activision Blizzard shares has risen in recent weeks, with Classic WoW being a huge factor in this. The latter half of 2019 is proving to be profitable for Blizzard as they rebound from a slump in May of this year. This slump was thought to be due to Blizzard investors getting nervous about a potentially shrinking audience for Blizzard games. That audience seems to have received a healthy revival with Classic WoW.
We don’t know the exact figures of how many players have flocked to the game since the launch of Classic WoW because Blizzard stopped reporting their subscription figures a long time ago. However, if the Twitch streams are anything to go by, millions upon millions of players have set foot in old Azeroth. If Classic WoW was just another WoW expansion, it would be considered the most successful expansion ever created!