Category: World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft: Legion

Blizzard announced the next World of Warcraft expansion today at Gamescom. World of Warcraft: Legion will be the MMO’s 6th expansion and will bringing back some familiar faces along with some new zones and lore.

Some features we gather from the trailer are:

  • New Hero Class – Demon Hunter!
  • New Continent – The Broken Isles
  • Artifact Weapons
  • Class Order Halls
  • Adventure to Level 110
  • New Dungeons and Raids
  • New Honor System
  • Beta begins later this year.

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WoW at 5.6 Million Subscribers

Tucked away in a Yahoo Finance article that shines a light on Activision Blizzard’s successful second quarter is a line that may or may not be a shock to you.

Though World of Warcraft® ended the quarter at 5.6 million subscribers, Blizzard revenues are up year-over-year based on strong performance across the expanding Blizzard portfolio. On June 23, 2015, Blizzard Entertainment released, Fury of Hellfire, one of the largest non-expansion content updates to date for World of Warcraft. This new content helped stabilize the subscriber number towards the end of the quarter. World of Warcraft remains the No. 1 subscription‐based MMORPG in the world.

The days of 10 million subscribers is long long gone it seems as WoW currently has about half that number now. It still remains the largest subscription-based MMORPG game at 5.6 million, but at the rate it seems to be declining, it shouldn’t be long before it’s surpassed. We’ll find out shortly what the future holds for World of Warcraft when they reveal the next expansion at Gamescom that starts tomorrow and lasts for 3 days.

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Blizzard Drops Another Banhammer

Blizzard has dropped another banhammer and this time has banned thousands upon thousands of accounts that have been caught using bots or botting programs. One thing to note is that most of these are not permanent bans this time around, rather 6 month bans that will be released sometime around November.

We’ve recently taken action against a large number of World of Warcraft accounts that were found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay, known as “bots.” We’re committed to providing an equal and fair playing field for everyone in World of Warcraft, and will continue to take action against those found in violation of our Terms of Use. Cheating of any form will not be tolerated.

The main bot that seems to have been targeted was Honorbuddy. Just about every who has used it in the past few months will probably be presented with “this account is temporarily suspended.” Many people are reporting that their main tanks or raid leaders from their progression guilds have been banned and won’t be back until November. This is probably going to have some measurable amount of impact on the amount of progression guilds and we’re probably going to see several big ones break up over it. It might even have a noticeable impact on the economy and the price of the new WoW Token.

What’s your stance on botting? Did you get caught in the ban wave?

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