World of Warcraft hits 9M players

World of Warcraft Blizzard entertainment announced yesterday that the user-base of World of Warcraft (WoW) just reached 9 million players, one million more than they had at the start of this year.

If the fantasy world of Azeroth were an actual country, it would be the 90th most populous country on earth, right in front of Somalia, Austria and Israel.

“We’re thrilled that gamers around the world have continued to embrace World of Warcraft so enthusiastically,” Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard, said. “We’ve worked hard to provide a compelling experience for our players, and we plan to continue updating the game with exciting new content for them to enjoy for many years to come.”

Now, let’s crunch some numbers. Blizzard charges a monthly fee of $14.95. Multiply that by nine million, times twelve months equals a yearly revenue of… One billion, six hundred fourteen million, six hundred thousand.