World of Warcraft Reaches 2 Million Subscribers Worldwide
From Gamespot: World of Warcraft: Population 2,000,001 (and rising)
"Many in the game industry consider China to be the ultimate prize in the massively multiplayer online role-playing-game market. Today, the public got some proof why. Blizzard Entertainment announced that, less than a week after it launched its überpopular World of Warcraft in China, the game's worldwide subscriber base has surpassed two million."
"The figure marks an increase of over 500,000 subscribers since mid-March, when World of Warcraft was already the most popular MMORPG in North America, Europe, Korea, and Oceania. China likely contributed many of those subscribers, as anticipation for WoW was extremely high in the country. That enthusiasm hasn't diminished now that the game has been released. According to Blizzard, the beta test of the Chinese WoW localization saw 500,000 players online concurrently--roughly the same peak-number figures for North America, Europe, and Oceania combined."