On July 6, 2010, Blizzard Entertainment announced that on its forums for all games, users' accounts would display the real names tied to their accounts.[127] Blizzard announced the change following an agreement with Facebook to allow Facebook to connect persons who choose to become friends to share their real identity (Real ID, as Blizzard calls the feature). The integration of the feature into the forums on the Blizzard Entertainment site raised concerns amongst fans of the many game series Blizzard has created over the years.[128]

World of Warcraft won several awards from critics upon release, including Editor's Choice awards.[10][20] In addition, it won several annual awards from the media, being described as the best game in the role-playing and MMORPG genres.[87] The graphics and audio were also praised in the annual awards, with the cartoonish style[88] and overall sound makeup being noted.[89] The game was also awarded Best Mac OS X Entertainment Product at the 2005 Apple Design Awards.[90] Computer Games Magazine named World of Warcraft the best computer game of 2004, and the magazine's Steve Bauman described his "feeling that Blizzard has analyzed every element of every existing game, pulled out the best ones, and then lovingly lavished an absurd amount of attention to their implementation." It also won the magazine's "Best Art Direction", "Best Original Music" and "Best Interface" awards.[91]
Players who purchase Warlords of Draenor Collector's or Digital Deluxe Edition receive an Orc themed card back in Hearthstone.[168] Heroes of the Storm players who reach level 20 receive the Grave Golem battle pet in World of Warcraft and after reaching level 100 in World of Warcraft receive an Ironside Dire Wolf mount in Heroes of the Storm.[169] Starting on March 11, 2016, players who level a character to 20 in WoW, which can be completed with the free starter edition, earn the alternate Paladin hero Lady Liadrin in Hearthstone.[170]
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]

El juego fue lanzado el 23 de noviembre de 2004, celebrando el décimo aniversario de la franquicia Warcraft. La primera expansión del juego The Burning Crusade fue lanzada el 16 de enero del 2007.7​ La segunda expansión, Wrath of the Lich King, fue lanzada el 13 de noviembre de 2008.8​ La tercera expansión, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm fue anunciada en el BlizzCon 2009 y fue lanzada el 7 de diciembre de 2010.9​10​ La cuarta expansión, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria fue anunciada en el BlizzCon 2011 y fue lanzada el 25 de septiembre del 2012. La quinta expansión, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor fue anunciada en el BlizzCon 2013 y fue lanzada el 13 de noviembre de 2014. La sexta expansión, World of Warcraft: Legion fue anunciada en el BlizzCon 2015 y fue lanzada el 30 de agosto de 2016. La séptima expansión, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth fue anunciada en el BlizzCon 2017 y recientemente lanzada el 14 de agosto de 2018 siendo la primera expansión en la historia del juego en ser lanzada globalmente de forma simultánea. Con 7.7 millones de suscriptores,11​ World of Warcraft continúa siendo con diferencia el juego en línea por suscripción con el mayor registro de usuarios, manteniendo el récord Guinness para el MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Rol Playing Game) más popular.12​
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