WoW Classic’s first night smashes Twitch, sees lines form inside and outside the game

    
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Heading into World of Warcraft Classic on its first night was a lot like going to Disneyworld at peak season: No matter whether you were inside or outside, you were probably going to be waiting in a line.

As we covered last nighthuge queues racked up as players tried to pile into the servers, prompting Blizzard to open up five additional realms over the course of the evening. Even when players were in, the newbie zones saw fierce competition for limited mobs and slowly regenerating quest items. In a happy turn, the player community organized lines and groups for these quest objectives, patiently waiting to click on boxes and tag special mobs.

Over on Twitch, over 1.1 million concurrent viewers tuned in to see this legacy era version of World of Warcraft play out, crushing other titles like Fortnite and Minecraft. For comparison, when Battle for Azeroth launched last year, World of Warcraft peaked at 600,000 concurrent viewers. The presence and popularity of game streamers is a significant difference from the original launch, of course.

Source: Forbes, PCGamesN

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jimthomasUS

Thought I was going to be just a tourist back for the nostalgia but so far surprised at how much I’m enjoying the simple world.

A little dismayed by Massively’s lack of coverage however.

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Richard de Leon III

For me, I’d rather watch wow classic on twitch than actually play it. It’ll either be an exciting adventure drama if its a good player/guild, or a comedy seeing someone complain how hard it is compared to retail, rofl. Win/win for me.

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Jack Pipsam

I just logged in now and there’s suddenly a forth Oceanic server (Felstriker), didn’t even know they had done that lol. Checked the forums, apparently they added it at 7:30PM AEST, at which point (as I had predicted), both the additional server they added had massive-login times as the original PVP server lol. What a mad, but glorious time!
3 PVP, 1 PVE. There’s more than a lean where players are going.

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Godnaz

Watched big Twitch streamers Shroud, Sodapoppin, the Method team and Joana who were all playing but not nearly as entertaining as watching Asmongold, who was in queue whole the night. The dude knows his act and his audience well.

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rafael12104

I kept an eye on Asmongold’s numbers while I was enjoying NoPixel RP and he was well over 100k viewers and still managed about half that when he was getting a few hours of sleep. Incredible.

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laelgon

I briefly tuned in to twitch and watched some of the streamers, and that was a big ol’ oof. Certainly doing nothing to break the stereotype of MMO players being unemployed neckbeards living in their mom’s basement. Nothing like watching adult men get angry at other people for daring to also play the game.

Ultimately I’m curious how server pops will end up, and if Blizzard will be quick to merge servers as the numbers decrease. I can’t imagine more than a relative handful of the servers will stay highly populated for more than a few months. For me at least, a big influence on whether I stick with it will be if the game world feels full of people.

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styopa

“I’m curious how server pops will end up”
Nobody knows, that’s what makes the meta here so fascinating.

Fanbois think it will kill WoW Retail
Semi-Fanbois think it will flourish enough that they’ll include TBC and WotLK on some sort of reboot.
I think the people that wanted it mostly just hope it will be popular enough to sustain itself as a project for a long time if not indefinitely.
The semi-haters are reveling in everything that that is less than perfect (conveniently disregarding that 150,000 people in total queues last night means 150,000 people were willing to wait in queues to play the game…)
The true haters think this is all a stupid waste of time and developer effort, that people are only playing because they’re imagining Vanilla was somehow perfect (I’m honestly not sure if that’s just a strawman, or they honestly believe that).

I think most people expect that this massive surge of players will wash over the game, and X% will then go away out of boredom, disappointment, nostalgia-fulfillment, or other reasons. I expect there will be another, later more-distributed bump as those who hit level cap find there’s little to do other than make another alt. Personally, I hope what’s left after the two of those is 25% of the current numbers – I think that would still be a major statement to Blizzard and their dev team.

NOBODY knows what X is. Blizzard clearly can’t even figure out what sort of server load to prepare for *even though* they have the best data in terms of number of people reserving names and who bought new subs in August (it’s a fair bet that the differential between that number and their usual YoY August results is Classic-driven).

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memitim

Asmongold is the ultimate stereotype and I love him for it. :D

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Sargonnax

Classic is a great option for those interested and i am glad to see it added to the game, but i really question how many of these players will be around 3 months and 6 months down the road. I bet at least half these people walk away. Too many are looking at Classic like its the promised land, but things change about ourselves and the world after 15 years.

I really think the best option for the Classic game is an alternate development path and new content under the old rules versus releasing each old expansion over time.

I will casually play Classic since i have some friends in it, but nothing there will ever compare to the awesome experiences i had playing with my guild long ago on the original Archimonde server.

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Darthbawl

Bigger question: how long can they sustain these numbers?

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deekay_plus

i watched lian play via discord’s timely introduced in app streaming thing and it was quite nice for a vicarious gameplay streaming experience. really took me back

have zero interest in playing myself but i’ve been pretty hype to take part with the folks in guild playing if at least indirectly/by hanging out.

wow most certainly isn’t for me at this stage in my life but i’ve really been enjoying the fanfare nonetheless.

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BalsBigBrother

Its an impressive marketing number for sure and certainly shows how interested folks currently are in Classic.

Just as a comparison though CS:GO hit that number with a single stream for one of their Eleague finals while the above is totalled across all viewers of all the numerous WoW classic streams.

League of Legends and Fortnite have hit similar or higher peaks using the same concurrency across all available streams.

So yeah a big number that is up there but its been beaten too.

(For clarity I am not bashing or hating just trying to add some context and additional information for comparison purposes. Thanks)

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styopa

Agree with most of your points.

I think though when you consider that Blizzard insisted “you think you want it but you really don’t” it’s objectively a pretty large number. On any scale that’s not the AAAA megatitles, it would be a smashing success – particularly for an MMO that takes what, about 5g of HD space (1/10 of retail)?

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nomadmorlock9

Had such a great time. The best loot of the evening was when my wife looted a 6 slot bag! Haven’t had so much fun gaming in a while.

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camren_rooke

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IronSalamander8 .

Know what I mean? Nudge, nudge?

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Darthbawl

Clerk: Occupation?
Wife: Looter.
Clerk: Did you loot last week?
Wife: No.
Clerk: Did you try to loot last week?
Wife: Yes but Classic hadn’t launched yet!

(loosely based on History of the World Part I) 🤣