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Blizzard Making World of Warcraft Magazine

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 33 comments

All you World of Warcraft fans out there will be glad to know that Blizzard is collaborating with Future Publishing to bring you folks a fancy World of Warcraft print magazine.

While newspapers are desperately trying to figure out a way to make money online, Blizzard is taking its hugely successful and world famous MMORPG, World of Warcraft, to the printing press. With 11.5 million online subscribers, Blizzard is hoping some of those users will be interested in a quarterly title, which the company will be unveiling at this weekend's BlizzCon.

With editions in English, French, German and Spanish, the publication will be sold via subscription only through World of Warcraft Account Management or from the magazines official site. The magazine is available as a one or two-year subscription, pricing for one year is $39.95 in the U.S. and 34.95 EUR or 29.95 GBP in Europe -- two-year subscription packages cost $69.95 in the U.S., 61.25 EUR or 52.50 GBP.

The first issue will be 148-pages long and will focus on the five-year anniversary of the game. Anyone interested in purchasing? The website for the mag is set to go live on Friday so if you're just itching to subscribe, add worldofwarcraftthemagazine.com to your bookmarks.

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    Anonymous , August 20, 2009 4:52 PM
    Who the heck has time to read when there is WoW to be played?!
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    pullmyfinger123 , August 20, 2009 4:46 PM
    even though I quit WoW long time ago, i think this is a brilliant idea, of course, i just hope blizzard doens't make this magazine a walk-through of the game, instead focus on the players and the stories of the game
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    billin30 , August 20, 2009 4:46 PM
    Now the WoW nerds will have something to read while they fly from place to place...this is just kinda sad and a shameless money grab
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    billin30 , August 20, 2009 4:49 PM
    Now the WoW nerds will have something to read while they fly from place to place, not to mention a shameless money grab by blizzard...so sad
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    captaincharisma , August 20, 2009 4:49 PM
    this is a good move, now the wow addicts may actually go outdoors once in a while to buy the magazine
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    Anonymous , August 20, 2009 4:52 PM
    Who the heck has time to read when there is WoW to be played?!
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    valcron , August 20, 2009 4:53 PM
    Why would I buy a magazine for the game. What kind of information are they going to cover that I can not find on any fan site out there. MMO-Champion, World of Raids, etc. Just an attempt to capitalize on their game. (I give them full credit its a smart move) But I really don't see the use for it and no I will not subscribe to it.
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    cekasone , August 20, 2009 4:54 PM
    I already find it a pain to pay for the monthly subscription to play the game in the first place.
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    Impulse Fire911 , August 20, 2009 5:12 PM
    LOL WoW will soon be in the dictionary.
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    thepetey , August 20, 2009 5:28 PM
    captaincharismathis is a good move, now the wow addicts may actually go outdoors once in a while to buy the magazine


    it will get delivered to their door, even blizzard knows they wont leave their house!
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    tayb , August 20, 2009 5:38 PM
    Will there be pictures of blood elves for the 30 year old virgins to check out?
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    gekko668 , August 20, 2009 5:40 PM
    That's sound interesting. I hope they dont place sh!t load of ads in their magazine like other magazines do.
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    megamanx00 , August 20, 2009 5:41 PM
    This obsession with WoW is just getting out of hand.
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    jellico , August 20, 2009 5:46 PM
    For maximum effect, they should make sure the new issue comes out on Tuesdays, so players have something to do on maintenance/update day.
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    streak , August 20, 2009 5:47 PM
    Supposedly it is advertisement free (I wouldn't be surprised to see Warcraft related ads though) and supported only on subscription fees.

    Also, for those who don't think it will add any value and they can read all they want online at different websites, just think a little bit how Blizzard can control the flow of information about upcoming changes to the game via their own magazine. Instead of the info showing up on their website first, Blizzard can publish previews for new content, class changes, etc. via the magazie (followed a week later on their website). They can also provide exclusive interviews with the game designers (themselves!). Couple that with some beautiful artwork and an in-game pet (you know they will probably do this like they do for everything else), there will be plenty of reasons people will be interested in subscribing.
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    gnookergi , August 20, 2009 5:49 PM
    Sounds like they're trying to milk WoW suckers for even more of their income.
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    dman3k , August 20, 2009 5:52 PM
    I'd read it if they put a real girl on the cover in them outfits every issue...
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    Distinct , August 20, 2009 5:59 PM
    I think this is a great move by Blizzard. Their already involved deeply with the community of players that pay them, and now they'll be able to show them even more love with exclusive reading material. And not to mention... I'm sure they'll have some sort of Starcraft II section when it releases.
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    zak_mckraken , August 20, 2009 6:05 PM
    andboomerWho the heck has time to read when there is WoW to be played?!


    Finally, something to read in the bathroom!
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    jgiron , August 20, 2009 6:09 PM
    so this is the new WoW Playboy magazine.
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    jellico , August 20, 2009 6:20 PM
    jgironso this is the new WoW Playboy magazine.


    Really! What they should do is have centerfolds of female Night Elves or female Blood Elves depending on whether the magazine subscriber is predominately Horde or Alliance. :) 
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