The online gaming phenomenon that is ‘World of Warcraft’ tops the All Formats Top 40 this week with the long-awaited first official add-on ‘World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade’ debuting at No1.
Released on Tuesday 16th January ‘World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade’, developed by Blizzard and published by Vivendi, was allowed 5 days of sales rather than the traditional two, but still narrowly missed beating ‘Championship Manager 04’ to the title of fastest selling PC game ever in the UK by just under 1,000 units. ‘Burning Crusade’ accounts for 30% of all PC games sold this week compared to 40% for Eidos’ ‘Championship Manager 04’ in week 13 2003. In its launch week ‘World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade’ outsells the original World of Warcraft’s launch week by almost 4 to 1 with the number of subscribers to the game now estimated to be over 8 million worldwide. ‘Burning Crusade’ is only playable with the original game so it is not surprising to see ‘World of Warcraft’ re-enter the Top 40 at No28. Last week’s chart topper from Capcom ‘Lost Planet: Extreme Condition’ moves down to No2, but outsells the No3 title Nintendo’s ‘Wario Ware: Smooth Moves’ by more than 2 to 1. Sega’s ‘World Snooker Championship 2007’ pockets a successful 2nd week of release with sales up 44%, moving up the rankings from No17 to No6 (No2 in the PS2 Full Price Chart, behind ‘FIFA 07’), while Nintendo’s ‘Wii Play’ makes the most of renewed stock, up from No19 to No11. The PC gaming sector does not only receive a boost from Warcraft, but also benefits from strong retailer promotions of super-budget titles with Egames/Greenstreet’s ‘Galaxy of Games Red’ featuring at No24, ‘Sega Rally’ from GDL’s Grabit range at No27, GSP’s ‘Puppy Luv’ at No31 and ‘Sonic Mega Collection Plus’ at No36.