This means the citizens of Azeroth now outnumber those from Cuba, Greece and more than 100 other countries, if this Wikipedia population list is accurate.
Of course, the thought of a WoW nation is absurd–industrial and agricultural productivity would be close to zero since everyone will be busy running raids, dueling in Goldshire or shopping for gear upgrades after they buy WoW Gold.
But still, it’s mind-blowing how 2 out of 1,000 people in the world play WoW.
The press release speaks for itself that the spike came from the release of Wrath of the Lich King expansion in China. But there might also be the slow and steady trickle from returning gamers who are coming out of hibernation now that beta is underway, and the December 7 Cataclysm release date is final.
The world events–like the recapture operations for the Gnome and Troll capitals–are also doing a bang-up job in keeping players interested and the pre-expansion doldrums at bay.
And for all the haters who think12 million is just some accounting hoax, believe me there’s still a lot of reasons to be playing WoW now. Casual players want to get ready for Cataclysm by leveling their alts to 80, clearing all the Icecrown and Ruby Sanctum bosses, with a little help from cheap WoW Gold to speed things up now that the expansion is just two months away.
Plus I know some people who are logging in just so they don’t miss the day when the elementals wreak havoc to the Alliance and Horde cities. I hear it’s going to be quite a blast.
(Pic from http://www.mmolecule.com)