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World of Warcraft crosses 10 million milestone

The biggest online game in the world breaks another record.

Which game boasts a population greater than Sweden, Israel or Haiti? Online role-playing phenomenon World of Warcraft is the answer: Blizzard Entertainment announced this week that subscriber counts for its smash hit fantasy RPG recently broke the 10 million mark. Warcraft players number more than 2.5m in North America, while Asian subscribers account for the majority of the remainder.

The new figures — which Blizzard attributes to new and returning players signing up over the holiday season — cements the game’s position as the runaway leader of the lucrative massively multiplayer genre. World of Warcraft is expected to receive its second expansion pack, Wrath of the Lich King, later this year.

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime commented in a press release: “It’s very gratifying to see gamers around the world continuing to show such enthusiasm and support for World of Warcraft. We’re always pleased to welcome new players to the game, and we’re looking forward to sharing the next major content update with the entire community in the months ahead.”

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