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, often referred to as World of Warcraft , is a WoW massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) set in the Warcraft universe. It is developed by Blizzard Entertainment and contains 5 expansion packs: , World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade , World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King , World of Warcraft: Cataclysm , and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria . The initial release is now sometimes known as "vanilla WoW" or "classic WoW". A World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor 6th expansion was announced at gamescom 2015: ( World of Warcraft: Legion NYR).
As of 2010,
World of Warcraft had more than 12 million monthly subscribers,  [ and still holds the Guinness World Record for the world's largest and most popular MMORPG since 2009. ] citation needed It also continues its further story development throughout its franchising, other than online media, such as Warcraft  novels, comics, manga, RPG books, TCG, and board games.
Note the following have pre-expansion details separated from expansion details:
Uses and expands the storyline from the Warcraft series of games.
2 factions: Horde and Alliance.
8 initial races: Human, Dwarf, Gnome, Night Elf, Orc, Troll, Undead, Tauren; added Blood Elf / Draenei, Goblin / Worgen, and Pandaren.
9 initial classes: Mage, Warlock, Priest, Rogue, Druid, Hunter, Shaman, Warrior, Paladin; added Death Knight (Hero Class), Monk, and Demon Hunter.
9 initial professions, enabling resource gathering and item crafting; added Jewelcrafting and Inscription.
The Talents and Glyphs system allows further customization of the character's skills and stats.
Warlords of Draenor.
Garrison personal player area that other players can visit.
User interface and customer support
Customize AddOn and Interface with some game commands support.
Client seamlessly supports both Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Linux users can play via Wine (MS Windows emulation), however this is not supported and can be buggy at times.
Availability This section concerns content that is out-of-date. Reason: New languages like Italian, Br-Portugues, and Portuguese need to be added.
Oceania (English - Australia, Hawaii, New Zealand)
North America (English - US & Canada)
Europe (English-UK, French, German, Spanish, Russian)
China (Simplified and Traditional Chinese; including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau)
Latin America (Spanish, English?)
Vanilla realms circa 2016
On April 25, 2016,
Nethaera put a blue post up that discussed how the issue of a retro or vanilla realms within the company (not speaking to emulated or private servers directly) has been debated written by J. Allen Brack. The summary version of the response was this: 1) private servers need to be shut down to protect intellectual property rights, 2) maintaining a set of vanila-style servers is more technically difficult than people outside the company think (no specifics), and 3) the closest thing Blizzard might offer would be a " pristine realm" version of the game with all progression and XP acceleration elements as well as group finder turned off plus no access to cross realm zones.
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World of Warcraft Opening Cinematic
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Escape From Mount Stupid - World of Warcraft
An overview of World of Warcraft through late Cataclysm. 
Why We Became Addicted to World of Warcraft
The original WoW is sometimes referred to as "vanilla World of Warcraft," "pre Burning Crusade (Pre BC)," or "classic World of Warcraft".
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SeekingAlpha.com World Of Warcraft: Legion - Reinvigorating Activision's Most Critical Franchise Jimmy Lamz Jan. 22, 2016 11:28 AM ET
GameSpot Blizzard Will No Longer Report World of Warcraft Subscriber Numbers by Eddie Makuch on November 3, 2015
MMO-Champion WoW Down to 5.5 Million Subscribers, Warcraft Movie Trailer at Blizzcon by chaud 2015-11-03 04:04 AM
BusinessInsider.com How playing World of Warcraft every day for a year led Robert Hohman to found a $1 billion startup Julie Bort May 10, 2015, 9:56 AM
Kotaku Why World of Warcraft Lost So Many Subscribers Gergo Vas 5/07/15 11:00am
Wowhead News WoW Down to 7.1 Million Subscribers in Q1 2015, New Blizzard Merchandise, State of PvP by perculia 2015/05/06 at 12:34 PM
IGN.com World of Warcraft Subscriber Numbers Rise to 7.8 Million by Luke Karmali, February 7, 2014
Wowhead News Activision Earnings Report: WoW Up to 7.8 Million Subscribers by Perculia 2014/02/06 3:31 PM
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WoW Insider Tom Chilton: "At some point it's possible that World of Warcraft could end up being free-to-play..." by Adam Holisky Aug 22nd 2013 11:30AM
Salon.com Lay off WoW, GOP! Their inaccurate attacks on "World of Warcraft" damage a great U.S. brand and chill essential scientific research By Daniel Greenberg Friday, Mar 8, 2013 11:06 AM PST
BlizzPlanet WoW Down 1.1 Million Subscribers, Blizzard has Best Quarter Ever Financially By Eldorian – August 3, 2012
MMO-Champion WoW Loses 1.1 Million Subscribers, Down to 9.1 Million by chaud 2012-08-02 08:39 PM
Wowhead News World of Warcraft Loses Another 1.1 Million Subscribers by Ashelia 2012/08/02 4:15 PM
Wowhead News WoW Loses 100k More Subscribers, Subscriber Decline Finally Slows by Ashelia 2012/02/09 3:31 PM
PCGamer.com Fan made map brings World of Warcraft to Civilization V by Tom Senior 04:07pm November 4 2010
Web.Archive.org Sci Fi Weekly article "Warcraft Conquers The World" article archive SEP. 11, 2006 (archived 25-Apr-2009)
Facebook World of Warcraft in Facebook search
PerezHilton.com Justin Bieber Reveals His World Of Warcraft Love By Running A Chair Into A Wall! Check It Out HERE! 10/09/2013 8:03 AM ET
Metro.co.uk Why I quit World Of Warcraft – Reader’s Feature Sunday 6 Oct 2013 1:00 am
WineHQ.com The Official WineHQ website with info about World of Warcraft with Wine.
Selected gameplay World of Warcraft guides