World of Warcraft: Bigger than New JerseyShawn Drotar

Posted on July 24th, 2007 in Gaming, PC Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

OK, so that’s not the best slogan available - but it’s an accurate one. Take that, Bon Jovi!

After passing the nine-million mark for subscribers, if World of Warcraft’s population were a state, it would rank as the United States’ ninth-largest, according to the most recent census numbers:

  1. California: 33,871,648
  2. Texas: 20,851,820
  3. New York: 18,976,457
  4. Florida: 15,982,378
  5. Illinois: 12,419,293
  6. Pennsylvania: 12,281,054
  7. Ohio: 11,353,140
  8. Michigan: 9,938,444
  9. World of Warcraft: 9,000,000
  10. New Jersey: 8,414,350
  11. Georgia: 8,186,453
  12. North Carolina: 8,049,313
  13. Virginia: 7,078,515
  14. Massachusetts: 6,349,097
  15. Indiana: 6,080,485

This is simply a jaw-dropping number, and a credit to the engrossing world that Blizzard has created. Show this number to anyone who doesn’t think gaming is mainstream entertainment. These aren’t one-time sales, like a movie ticket - these are people paying every month - and even solid games like Guild Wars, which charges no monthly fee, can’t claim anything close to this for a user base.

In the home states of 5WG-land, Colorado (pop. 4,301,261) and Utah (pop. 2,233,169), we’re still 2.5 million residents - combined - short of World of Warcraft’s subscriber base. It defies description.

2 Responses to 'World of Warcraft: Bigger than New Jersey'

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  1. Scott said,

    on July 25th, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    too bad it’s all Koreans :)

  2. Shawn Drotar said,

    on July 25th, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    World of Warcraft has a huge international base, to be sure - which is what I think you meant, Scott - but if you wanted to break it down by nation, it’s population would make it the 90th largest country in the world, just ahead of Somalia.

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