Blizzard makes use of a system known as Warden on the Windows version of the game to detect third-party programs, such as botting software, allowing World of Warcraft to be played unattended. There has been some controversy as to the legality of Warden. Warden uses techniques similar to anti-virus software to analyze other running software on the players' PCs, as well as the file system. However, unlike most anti-virus software, it sends a portion of this information back to Blizzard, which caused privacy advocates to accuse it of being spyware.[122] One example of the information Warden collects is the title of every window open on the system while WoW is running.[123] On the other hand, many gamers responded positively to the development, stating that they supported the technology if it resulted in fewer cases of cheating. Blizzard's use of Warden was stated in the Terms of Agreement (TOA).[124]
^ "The Activision/Blizzard Merger: Five Key Points". Industry News. December 3, 2007. Archived from the original on December 21, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2009. One of the intriguing things about the old Vivendi structure was that, even when Martin Tremblay joined to run Vivendi's publishing, it was specified: "World Of Warcraft creator Blizzard Entertainment has been designated a stand-alone division reporting to VU Games' CEO, and is not part of Tremblay's product development mandate.

El sistema de personajes fue bien recibido, con críticos señalando a cada clase como viable e interesante, con características únicas,17​ así como que cada raza tenía un toque de distinción y de aspecto.15​ El desarrollo de los personajes también fue destacado, así como el sistema de talentos, su gran diversidad de opciones32​ y el sistema de profesiones.15​ La personalización física de los personajes fue considerada una de las cosas menos interesantes del juego,42​ aunque el nivel de detalle de los modelos fue elogiado.35​
World of Warcraft is set in the same universe as the Warcraft series of real-time strategy games and has a similar art direction.[10] World of Warcraft contains elements from fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction: such as gryphons, dragons, and elves; steam-powered automata; zombies, werewolves, and other horror monsters; as well as time travel, spaceships, and alien worlds.

In patch 2.1, Blizzard responded to this by adding additional anti-spam mechanics including whisper throttling and the report spam function. Additionally, trial accounts are prevented from speaking in the public chat channels (although they may speak to players within range or whisper to other players that have first whispered to them), participating in in-game trades, and using the Auction House and the mail feature, among other limitations.

Some of the challenges in World of Warcraft require players to group together to complete them. These usually take place in dungeons—also known as "instances"—that a group of characters can enter together. The term "instance" comes from each group or party having a separate copy, or instance, of the dungeon, complete with their own enemies to defeat and their own treasure or rewards.[32] This allows a group to explore areas and complete quests without others interfering. Dungeons are spread over the game world and are designed for characters of varying progression. A typical dungeon will allow up to five characters to enter as part of a group. Some dungeons require more players to group together and form a "raid" of up to forty players to face some of the most difficult challenges.[33] As well as dungeon-based raid challenges, several creatures exist in the normal game environment that are designed for raids to attack.[28][34]

^ Glenday, Craig (2009). Craig Glenday (ed.). Guinness World Records 2009. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (paperback ed.). Random House, Inc. p. 241. ISBN 9780553592566. Retrieved September 18, 2009. Most popular MMORPG game(sic) In terms of the number of online subscribers, World of Warcraft is the most popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG), with 10 million subscribers as of January 2008.

World of Warcraft was the best-selling PC game of 2005 and 2006.[96] In the United States, it sold 1.4 million copies ($68.1 million) by August 2006. It was the country's third best-selling computer game between January 2000 and August 2006.[97] On January 22, 2008, World of Warcraft had more than 10 million subscribers worldwide, with more than 2 million subscribers in Europe, more than 2.5 million in North America, and about 5.5 million in Asia.[98] At its peak in October 2010 the game had 12 million subscribers.[99] As of November 2014 the game has over 10 million active subscribers.[100] On January 28, 2014 Blizzard announced that 100 million accounts have been created for the game.[101] On May 7, 2015, it was announced that there were 7.1 million active subscriptions.[102][103][104][105] At the end of June 2015, subscriptions dropped down to 5.6 million, lowest since 2005.[106] By the end of September, subscribers were at 5.5 million.[107]
03 nov Jugando la demo de WoW®: Classic Cuando la versión de demostración de WoW®: Classic se pueda jugar desde casa el 2 de noviembre queremos asegurar la mayor disponibilidad estableciendo límites a las sesiones de juego. Cuando la demostración esté disponible empezará a contar un tiempo límite para jugar y un tiempo de espera para poder iniciar la demostración de nuevo (este tiempo empezará a contar cuando te conectes por primera vez) para que la mayor cantidad de jugadores pueda jugar a la demostración de WoW®: Classic el mayor tiempo posible. Empezaremos con un tiempo de juego acumulativo de 60 minutos y un tiempo de espera de 90 minutos. Aquí tenéis algunos ejemplos de cómo funcionará: Si juegas 30 minutos y dejas de jugar 60 minutos, cuando vuelvas podrás jugar 60 minutos. Si juegas 60 minutos serás desconectado y tendrás que esperar 30 minutos para poder jugar de nuevo. Si juegas 20 minutos, después te tomas 20 de pausa y vuelves a jugar por 40 minutos, serás desconectado y tendrás que esperar 10 minutos más. Nuestro objetivo es quitar estas restricciones de juego cuando sea posible, pero si en algún momento en el futuro hay mucha demanda podremos volver a ponerlas. Actualizaremos este hilo con más información si es necesario. ¡Muchas gracias a todos!Katriedna1 03 nov
15 nov Agotamiento mental severo, WoW Classic. Esto va para todas esas personas que no tienen pensado jugar a World Of Warcraft: Classic. Parad ya, señor@s, aburrís lo que no está escrito, los que SI vamos a jugar al Wow:Classic, nos importa tres cuartas partes de un pepino pocho lo que tengáis que decir, a que aspiráis quejándoos?, que se os pasa por la mente para venir aquí a soltar !@#$%^ sobre este proyecto?. Espero que entre todos juntéis medio cerebro para explicarme por aquí que queréis conseguir con todo esto, si esperáis que alguien de la cumbre de Blizzard os lea y diga oh, vamos a cancelar el proyecto por un par de gatos mojados. Es que es para mear y no echar gota, el hate que se lee por aquí hacia este nuevo proyecto que ya saldrá en verano por suerte, porque ya hay fecha para que los cansinos de turno se metan en la cueva. Si no vais a jugar dejad este apartado del foro en paz, gracias cracks. Un saludito.Venath28 15 nov
World of Warcraft takes place in a 3D representation of the Warcraft universe that players can interact with through their characters. The game world initially consisted of the two continents in Azeroth: Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. Four separate expansions later added to the game's playable area the realms of Outland and Draenor and the continents of Northrend and Pandaria. As a player explores new locations, different routes and means of transportation become available. Players can access "flight masters" in newly discovered locations to fly to previously discovered locations in other parts of the world.[27] Players can also use boats, zeppelins, or portals to move from one continent to another. Although the game world remains relatively similar from day to day, seasonal events reflecting real world events, such as Halloween,[28] Christmas, Children's Week,[25] Easter, and Midsummer have been represented in the game world. Locations also have variable weather including, among other things, rain, snow, and dust storms.[27]
World of Warcraft was first announced by Blizzard at the ECTS trade show in September 2001.[43] Released in 2004, development of the game took roughly 4–5 years, including extensive testing. The 3D graphics in World of Warcraft use elements of the proprietary graphics engine originally used in Warcraft III.[43] The game was designed to be an open environment where players are allowed to do what they please.[44] Quests are optional and were designed to help guide players, allow character development, and to spread characters across different zones to try to avoid what developers called player collision.[45] The game interface allows players to customize appearance and controls, and to install add-ons and other modifications.[46]
In April 2015, an alternate way to cover the subscription was introduced. A player may spend real money ($20 in North America and differing amounts in other regions) on a WoW Token, which is sold on the auction house for in-game gold that initially could only be used to add 30 days of playtime.[36] At the launch of the feature in NA, a token sold for 30k gold and 24 hours later sold for 20k gold, therefore the gold amount changes depending on what players are willing to spend and the supply. Subsequently, the amount that an NA token sells for remained selling at above 30,000 gold and the other regions are well above that value. Once a player buys a token on the auction house, it is account bound and cannot be resold. In February 2017, the WoW Token can also be exchanged for $15 in balance that can be used as credit for purchases in most of Blizzard's games as well as in Destiny 2.[39]

En World of Warcraft un jugador tiene acceso a doce tipos de clases (según la expansión Legion) restringida según la raza que se seleccione.17​ Además de la diferencia existente entre cada clase, estas pueden elegir una rama de talentos entre un total de tres (o cuatro si se selecciona druida como clase), aumentando la diferencia entre estas.18​19​