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Guild Wars 2: Fastest-Selling MMO in History

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ArenaNet has partnered with a market research firm to assess the sales volume of Guild Wars 2. According to DFC Intelligence, Guild Wars 2 is statistically the fastest selling MMO in the genre's history with over three million units sold in the first nine months.

“After triangulating against multiple data sources, it’s clear that Guild Wars 2 is the fastest-selling Western MMO of all time based on the first nine months of availability”, said analyst David Cole of DFC Intelligence. “This puts Guild Wars 2 in an impressive position when they release in China, where we’ve seen similar franchises really take off”.

Guild Wars 2 is expected to experience rapid growth once it releases in China, where the player-base has the potential to exceed that of the West. To bring Guild Wars 2 to China, ArenaNet has partnered with KongZhong Corporation, a leading Chinese provider of digital entertainment services.

ArenaNet also announced a free trial for players looking to experience what millions of others are already enjoying. New players can create an account starting today and participate in a free trial from Fri., Aug. 23(12:01am PDT) through Sun., Aug. 25. (11:59pm PDT). Players can register for free trial accounts here: http://register.guildwars2.com/trial

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  • expressoexpresso Member UncommonPosts: 2,218
    Think Blizzard might disgree.  just saying
  • InFlamestwoInFlamestwo Member Posts: 662
    Originally posted by expresso
    Think Blizzard might disgree.  just saying

    Expansions don't count. Vanilla WoW  didn't sell 3 millions within a year..

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  • orbitxoorbitxo Member RarePosts: 1,928

    good for Anet-well deserved they released a top notch mmo.

     

  • XarkoXarko Member RarePosts: 1,044
    Unfortunately I am one of those 3m. Lesson learnt tho, no more pre-orders.
  • Four0SixFour0Six Member UncommonPosts: 1,175
    Originally posted by Xarko
    Unfortunatly I am one of those 3m. Lesson learnt tho, no more pre-orders.

    I learned mine with AION.

     

  • NadiaNadia Member UncommonPosts: 11,798
    Originally posted by expresso
    Think Blizzard might disgree.  just saying

    not saying the news is correct, but  ive got links to old Blizzard press releases

     

    first day sales
    http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/world-of-warcraft/569888p1.html

    April 2005, WOW claimed 1.5 mill
    http://www.gamershell.com/companies/blizzard_entertainment/219363.html

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/World-of-Warcraft-1-5-million-subscribers-1549.shtml


    June 2005, 2 million
    http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=5696#.UJEWi4aM-yo



    July 2005, WOW claimed 1.5 mill  in Asia contrast to 2mill US/EU

    Blizzard's China Success Spawns 3.5 Million WoW Userbase July 21, 2005

    http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=5989

     

    if GW2 sells in China this year,

    GW2 will easily take the claim of Fastest selling mmo in history

  • 13lake13lake Member UncommonPosts: 704
    Well it is, no other mmo has sold 3 million in under 9 months, well no mmo has sold 3 million in under a year either, it took WoW about 2 years. from 2004-late 2006
  • morbuskabismorbuskabis Member Posts: 290
    Originally posted by Xarko
    Unfortunatly I am one of those 3m. Lesson learnt tho, no more pre-orders.

    Mea culpa! I was also one of them....shame on me!

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  • DoogiehowserDoogiehowser Member Posts: 1,873
    Originally posted by InFlamestwo
    Originally posted by expresso
    Think Blizzard might disgree.  just saying

    Expansions don't count. Vanilla WoW  didn't sell 3 millions within a year..

    And why expansions don't count? or we count expansions only when it is convenient to make case in favor of GW2?

    "The problem is that the hardcore folks always want the same thing: 'We want exactly what you gave us before, but it has to be completely different.'
    -Jesse Schell

    "Online gamers are the most ludicrously entitled beings since Caligula made his horse a senator, and at least the horse never said anything stupid."
    -Luke McKinney

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  • XarkoXarko Member RarePosts: 1,044
    Originally posted by morbuskabis
    Originally posted by Xarko
    Unfortunatly I am one of those 3m. Lesson learnt tho, no more pre-orders.

    Mea culpa! I was also one of them....shame on me!

     

    Dont be so hard on yourself. Everybody makes mistakes.

    :P

  • TygranirTygranir Member Posts: 741
    Originally posted by Doogiehowser
    Originally posted by InFlamestwo
    Originally posted by expresso
    Think Blizzard might disgree.  just saying

    Expansions don't count. Vanilla WoW  didn't sell 3 millions within a year..

    And why expansions don't count? or we count expansions only when it is convenient to make case in favor of GW2?

    Expansions are not games. The article is about the fastest selling GAME.

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  • NadiaNadia Member UncommonPosts: 11,798
    Originally posted by Doogiehowser

    And why expansions don't count? or we count expansions only when it is convenient to make case in favor of GW2?

    the way its worded -- the claim is correct

     

    Guild Wars 2 is the fastest-selling Western MMO of all time based on the first nine months of availability

  • DoogiehowserDoogiehowser Member Posts: 1,873
    Originally posted by Tygranir
    Originally posted by Doogiehowser
    Originally posted by InFlamestwo
    Originally posted by expresso
    Think Blizzard might disgree.  just saying

    Expansions don't count. Vanilla WoW  didn't sell 3 millions within a year..

    And why expansions don't count? or we count expansions only when it is convenient to make case in favor of GW2?

    Expansions are not games. The article is about the fastest selling GAME.

    Expansions are not games? i guess we learn something new everyday on these forums.

    "The problem is that the hardcore folks always want the same thing: 'We want exactly what you gave us before, but it has to be completely different.'
    -Jesse Schell

    "Online gamers are the most ludicrously entitled beings since Caligula made his horse a senator, and at least the horse never said anything stupid."
    -Luke McKinney

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  • cinoscinos Member CommonPosts: 963
    Originally posted by Doogiehowser
    Originally posted by Tygranir
    Originally posted by Doogiehowser
    Originally posted by InFlamestwo
    Originally posted by expresso
    Think Blizzard might disgree.  just saying

    Expansions don't count. Vanilla WoW  didn't sell 3 millions within a year..

    And why expansions don't count? or we count expansions only when it is convenient to make case in favor of GW2?

    Expansions are not games. The article is about the fastest selling GAME.

    Expansions are not games? i guess we learn something new everyday on these forums.

    He is correct. An expansion typically cannot be played without the base game. It is an extension to an existing game. Not a playable game by itself. Simply put, it's just a larger form of DLC. Which I'm sure you wouldn't consider a full game.

  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 32,495
    Originally posted by Nadia
    Originally posted by expresso
    Think Blizzard might disgree.  just saying

    not saying the news is correct, but  ive got links to old Blizzard press releases

     

    first day sales
    http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/world-of-warcraft/569888p1.html

    April 2005, WOW claimed 1.5 mill
    http://www.gamershell.com/companies/blizzard_entertainment/219363.html

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/World-of-Warcraft-1-5-million-subscribers-1549.shtml


    June 2005, 2 million
    http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=5696#.UJEWi4aM-yo



    July 2005, WOW claimed 1.5 mill  in Asia contrast to 2mill US/EU

    Blizzard's China Success Spawns 3.5 Million WoW Userbase July 21, 2005

    http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=5989

     

    if GW2 sells in China this year,

    GW2 will easily take the claim of Fastest selling mmo in history

    Those annoucments seem to read that these are WOW's subscriber numbers, not necessarily their total sales.  Regardless Blizzard still crushes Gw2 in terms of actual revenue.

    Another thing to be wary of is that if you hire a marketing firm they tend to validate whatever conclusions they think will keep you happy and paying them their fees.  I'd prefer a more independent source but can't happen, so these results are more "guesses" than anything else.

     

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  • austriacusaustriacus Member UncommonPosts: 618
    Originally posted by Doogiehowser
    Originally posted by Tygranir
    Originally posted by Doogiehowser
    Originally posted by InFlamestwo
    Originally posted by expresso
    Think Blizzard might disgree.  just saying

    Expansions don't count. Vanilla WoW  didn't sell 3 millions within a year..

    And why expansions don't count? or we count expansions only when it is convenient to make case in favor of GW2?

    Expansions are not games. The article is about the fastest selling GAME.

    Expansions are not games? i guess we learn something new everyday on these forums.

    They are add-ons to an already existing game, you can not play mist of pandaria or any of the other expansions without the base game. Its more akin to a big DLC

    If they were stand alones it would be a different story.

  • InFlamestwoInFlamestwo Member Posts: 662
    Originally posted by Doogiehowser
    Originally posted by InFlamestwo
    Originally posted by expresso
    Think Blizzard might disgree.  just saying

    Expansions don't count. Vanilla WoW  didn't sell 3 millions within a year..

    And why expansions don't count? or we count expansions only when it is convenient to make case in favor of GW2?

    Because expansions are additions to an already released game.

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  • NadiaNadia Member UncommonPosts: 11,798
    Originally posted by Kyleran

    Those annoucments seem to read that these are WOW's subscriber numbers, not necessarily their total sales.  Regardless Blizzard still crushes Gw2 in terms of actual revenue.

    agree they were claimed as subs but blizzard gives a 30 day sub w all purchases

     

    Blizzard announcements were made as soon as the revenue was available from releasing in Euro and China

     

    should the bought units be higher?  yes but I doubt significantly so

     

    Originally posted by Kyleran

    Another thing to be wary of is that if you hire a marketing firm they tend to validate whatever conclusions they think will keep you happy and paying them their fees.  I'd prefer a more independent source but can't happen, so these results are more "guesses" than anything else.

    agree

  • expressoexpresso Member UncommonPosts: 2,218
    Originally posted by InFlamestwo
    Originally posted by expresso
    Think Blizzard might disgree.  just saying

    Expansions don't count. Vanilla WoW  didn't sell 3 millions within a year..

    3.5 million in the first 7-8 months of release http://www.joystiq.com/2005/07/21/world-of-warcraft-becomes-1-mmorpg-in-the-world/ now 1.5 million didin't buy a box but it's safe to assume we'll get a number close to if not over 3 million in 9 months.  After all 2 million subs today doe snot equal 2 million boxes sold total. My money is still on Blizzard selling more BOXES in 9 months than GW2.

  • DoogiehowserDoogiehowser Member Posts: 1,873
    Originally posted by InFlamestwo
    Originally posted by Doogiehowser
    Originally posted by InFlamestwo
    Originally posted by expresso
    Think Blizzard might disgree.  just saying

    Expansions don't count. Vanilla WoW  didn't sell 3 millions within a year..

    And why expansions don't count? or we count expansions only when it is convenient to make case in favor of GW2?

    Because expansions are additions to an already released game.

    Which makes it even more difficult to sell it in huge numbers because it is an expansion. And yet Blizzard does it every time.

    It is just very convenient to not count expansion numbers because they make GW2 numbers look bad. I consider every expansion as a game in itself considering the amount of content it adds to already existing game.

    "The problem is that the hardcore folks always want the same thing: 'We want exactly what you gave us before, but it has to be completely different.'
    -Jesse Schell

    "Online gamers are the most ludicrously entitled beings since Caligula made his horse a senator, and at least the horse never said anything stupid."
    -Luke McKinney

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  • NadiaNadia Member UncommonPosts: 11,798

    the claim did say Western mmo - implying not including Asia

     

    there has been no China release for GW2 yet

    there is a beta next month for GW2 China

    http://www.mmoculture.com/2013/07/guild-wars-2-2nd-test-phase-for-china-begins-in-september/

  • orbitxoorbitxo Member RarePosts: 1,928
    Originally posted by expresso
    Originally posted by InFlamestwo
    Originally posted by expresso
    Think Blizzard might disgree.  just saying

    Expansions don't count. Vanilla WoW  didn't sell 3 millions within a year..

    3.5 million in the first six months of release http://www.joystiq.com/2005/07/21/world-of-warcraft-becomes-1-mmorpg-in-the-world/ now 1.5 million didin't buy a box but it's safe to assume we'll get a number close to if not over 3 million in 9 months.  After all 2 million subs today doe snot equal 2 million boxes sold total. My money is still on Blizzard selling more BOXES in 9 months than GW2.

    and thats were it seems to stay =  as you are still paying a sub for a mediocre game- and iam not.

     

    <.<

     
  • austriacusaustriacus Member UncommonPosts: 618
    Originally posted by expresso
    Originally posted by InFlamestwo
    Originally posted by expresso
    Think Blizzard might disgree.  just saying

    Expansions don't count. Vanilla WoW  didn't sell 3 millions within a year..

    3.5 million in the first 7-8 months of release http://www.joystiq.com/2005/07/21/world-of-warcraft-becomes-1-mmorpg-in-the-world/ now 1.5 million didin't buy a box but it's safe to assume we'll get a number close to if not over 3 million in 9 months.  After all 2 million subs today doe snot equal 2 million boxes sold total. My money is still on Blizzard selling more BOXES in 9 months than GW2.

    Expresso, GW2 sold those 3 million games in 5 months. I know its hard for you to admit that something can surpass anything blizzard made. But this time you are wrong.

  • TygranirTygranir Member Posts: 741
    Originally posted by Doogiehowser
    Originally posted by InFlamestwo
    Originally posted by Doogiehowser
    Originally posted by InFlamestwo
    Originally posted by expresso
    Think Blizzard might disgree.  just saying

    Expansions don't count. Vanilla WoW  didn't sell 3 millions within a year..

    And why expansions don't count? or we count expansions only when it is convenient to make case in favor of GW2?

    Because expansions are additions to an already released game.

    Which makes it even more difficult to sell it in huge numbers because it is an expansion. And yet Blizzard does it every time.

    It is just very convenient to not count expansion numbers because they make GW2 numbers look bad. I consider every expansion as a game in itself considering the amount of content it adds to already existing game.

    Go buy MoP without everything prior and try to play. Expansions are not games.

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  • VolkonVolkon Member UncommonPosts: 3,748
    So basically, no matter how you slice the numbers, WoW and GW2 are the two big dogs in the kennel surrounded by packs of yipping chihuahuas. 

    Oderint, dum metuant.

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