World of Warcraft runs natively on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Boxed copies of the game use a hybrid CD to install the game, eliminating the need for separate Mac and Windows retail products. The game allows all users to play together, regardless of their operating system. Although there is no official version for any other platform, support for World of Warcraft is present in Windows API implementations Wine and CrossOver allowing the game to be played under Linux and FreeBSD.[47] In addition, the Windows client allows for direct OpenGL rendering in Wine, making performance on Unix-like platforms comparable to the native performance seen on Windows.[48] While a native Linux client is neither released nor announced by Blizzard, in January 2011 IT journalist Michael Larabel indicated in a Phoronix article that an internal Linux client might exist but is not released due to the non-standardization of the Linux distro ecosystem.[49]
Less than two months after beginning operation of World of Warcraft in China on September 19, 2009, NetEase was ordered to immediately stop charging players and to cease accepting registrations.[108][109] A press estimate indicated that if World of Warcraft were shut down in China, the loss of subscribers would have caused Activision Blizzard's earnings to fall from 65 cents per share to 60 cents per share.[108] In April 2008, World of Warcraft was estimated to hold 62 percent of the MMORPG subscription market.[110] The game has grossed $9.23 billion in revenue, making it one of the highest-grossing video games of all time, along with Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Street Fighter II.[111]

In the United States, Canada, and Europe, Blizzard distributes World of Warcraft via retail software packages.[50] The software package includes 30 days of gameplay for no additional cost. To continue playing after the initial 30 days, additional play time must be purchased using a credit card or prepaid game card. The minimum gameplay duration that a player can purchase is 30 days using a credit card, or 60 using a prepaid game card. A player also has the option of purchasing three or six months of gameplay at once for a 6–15% discount.[51] In Australia, the United States, and many European countries, video game stores commonly stock the trial version of World of Warcraft in DVD form, which includes the game and 20 levels[52] of gameplay, after which the player would have to upgrade to a retail account by supplying a valid credit card, or purchasing a game card as well as a retail copy of the game.


Blizzard routinely applies older expansions to all accounts as new expansions are released. On June 28, 2011, The Burning Crusade expansion was automatically applied to all previous Warcraft accounts at no cost. On September 19, 2012, the same thing was done with the Wrath of the Lich King expansion,[67] and on October 15, 2013 the Cataclysm expansion was also applied.[68] On October 15, 2014, Mists of Pandaria was applied to all accounts following the release of Warlords.[69] On May 17, 2016, Warlords of Draenor was applied to all accounts to coincide with the release of the Warcraft movie that gives a 30-day trial of the game.[70] All The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor content is now effectively part of the original game, with all new World of Warcraft accounts automatically including these expansions upon creation.[67] As of the pre-patch release of Battle for Azeroth in July 2018, all expansions up to Legion are included in the base game.[71]
The Warden's existence was acknowledged in March 2008, during the opening legal proceedings against MDY Industries.[125] The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Arizona, and also listed Michael Donnelly as a defendant. Donnelly was included in the suit as the creator of MMO Glider, software that can automatically play many tasks in the game. Blizzard claimed the software is an infringement of its copyright and software license agreement, stating that "Glider use severely harms the WoW gaming experience for other players by altering the balance of play, disrupting the social and immersive aspects of the game, and undermining the in-game economy." Donnelly claims to have sold 100,000 copies of the $25 software.[126]
26 oct Formato fisico del wow classic Creéis que sacarán una edición física o harán como con el starcraft remastered? Por otro lado he visto que el vanilla tenía un montón de versiones con 4 y 5 cds, 1 y 2 dvds, estaba pensando pillarme una de segunda mano por coleccionismo (la mía se perdió en una mudanza), sabéis cual fue la primera versión y cuál la última?Patxes13 26 oct
Los orcos arrasan muchas villas en Azeroth. Anduin Lothar, comandante de las fuerzas humanas del Reino de Ventormenta, revisa los cuerpos de algunos de los hombres asesinados, encontrándose con un mago llamado Khadgar, quien explica que está investigando los cuerpos al hallar en ellos indicios de magia vil. Khadgar convence al rey de Ventormenta, Llane Wrynn, de consultar con Medivh, el Guardián de Trisfal, y Llane envía a Lothar y Khadgar a la fortaleza de Medivh, la torre de Karazhan, para informarle sobre la presencia de magia vil en Azeroth. En la biblioteca de Karazhan, una figura fantasmagórica guía a Khadgar hasta un misterioso libro, que él toma.
Thrall, jefe de guerra de la Horda y chamán más poderoso de Azeroth, otorga el cargo de jefe de guerra a Garrosh Grito Infernal para unirse al Anillo de la Tierra en su lucha contra Alamuerte. Esta criticada y disputada decisión por parte de los altos cargos de la Horda llevará a esta nueva Horda a una serie de medidas en las que será palpable el afloramiento de la locura de Garrosh. Es necesaria la unión de los guerreros de la Horda y de la Alianza junto a los Dragones Aspecto para enfrentarse a los agentes de Alamuerte y destruir al mismo.
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