^ "The Activision/Blizzard Merger: Five Key Points". Industry News. gamasutra.com. 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.
Es una clase híbrida del juego, se puede definir como un protector que lucha y sana con el poder de la Luz, pero más enfocado al combate. Posee facultades para la lucha cuerpo a cuerpo y algunas para el apoyo a otros jugadores y de sanación, además de poseer un sistema de sellos que proporciona ventajas en la lucha a él mismo. A pesar de que son expertos en la supervivencia, sus ramas de talentos los hacen muy versátiles, al extremo de poder desempeñarse como Tanque (Protección), Healers (Sagrado) o DPS (Reprensión), y una amplia cantidad de armas. Emplean el sistema de maná, combinado con el poder sagrado, que es un tipo de energía que se carga al realizar ciertos ataques, y que sirve para activar otros ataques más poderosos. El poder sagrado tiene tres cargas. Sólo tiene un efecto devastador cuando están las tres cargas completas y usarlo consume las tres cargas, si se tiene dos cargas el daño es superior al normal y una carga es daño regular. Si no se usa, las cargas se van desactivando una por una. Usan armaduras de placas a partir del nivel 40 pero a partir del lvl 50 son maestros en placas. En la Horda los elfos de sangre y taurens pueden beneficiarse de esta clase, mientras que en la Alianza humanos, enanos y draenei pueden ser caballeros de la luz.
As characters progress in World of Warcraft and take on some of the toughest challenges, many of the rewards received are bound to that character and cannot be traded, generating a market for the trading of accounts with well-equipped characters. The highest noted World of Warcraft account trade was for £5000 (€7000, US$9,900) in early September 2007. The high price was due to the character possessing items that at the time were owned by only a handful out of the millions of active players, due to the difficulty in acquiring them. However, Blizzard banned the account five days after the purchase.[142]

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]

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]
En julio de 2009 se anunció que la película sería dirigida por Sam Raimi, conocido director de la franquicia Spider-Man.67​ En octubre de 2009 se anunció que Robert Rodat, guionista de Saving Private Ryan, sería el guionista de la película.68​ Finalmente, por otros compromisos, Raimi se desligó del proyecto y le reemplazó Duncan Jones como director, cambiando el enfoque de la película para mostrar ambos puntos de vista, el de la Alianza y el de la Horda.69​ El rodaje inició en Vancouver a principios de 2014 y la película se estrenó en todo el mundo en junio de 2016, conociéndose en Latinoamérica con el nombre de Warcraft: El Origen.69​
In South Korea, there is no software package or CD key requirement to activate the account. However, to play the game, players must purchase time credits online. There are two kinds of time credits available: one where the player is billed based on the actual number of minutes that will be available, and one where the player can play the game for a number of days. In the former, time can be purchased in multiples of 5 hours or 30 hours, and in the latter, time can be purchased in multiples of 7 days, 1 month, or 3 months.[54] As software packages are not required, expansion pack contents are available to all players on launch day.
↑ El nombre de estas dos facciones tiene su origen en Warcraft II: Mareas de oscuridad. La Alianza es la facción de los humanos, fue creada en el preludio después del éxodo de Anduin Lothar y los demás supervivientes humanos del reino de Ventormenta, cuando las hordas orcas eran imparables y estaban fortalecidas por otras criaturas como troles, ogros, goblins y dragones.
In September 2006, reports emerged of spoof World of Warcraft game advice websites that contained malware. Vulnerable computers would be infected through their web browsers, downloading a program that would then relay back account information. Blizzard's account support teams experienced high demand during this episode, stating that many users had been affected. Claims were also made that telephone support was closed for isolated periods due to the volume of calls and resulting queues.[115] In April 2007, attacks evolved to take advantage of further exploits involving animated cursors, with multiple websites being used.[116][117] Security researcher group Symantec released a report stating that a compromised World of Warcraft account was worth US$10 on the black market, compared to US$6 to US$12 for a compromised computer (correct as of March 2007).[118] In February 2008, phishing emails were distributed requesting that users validate their account information using a fake version of the World of Warcraft account management pages.[119] In June 2008, Blizzard announced the Blizzard Authenticator, available as a hardware security token or mobile application[120] that provides two-factor security. The token generates a one-time password based code that the player supplies when logging on. The password, used in addition to the user's own password, is only valid for a couple of minutes, thus providing extra security against keylogging malware.[121]
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]
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​