While looking for something completely different, I stumbled some data about a question that has been at the back of my cluttered mind for a while. How big is Blizzard Entertainment? Not in terms of staff (their website says they have over 250 staff), but in terms of computer infrastructure. It must take a lot of computers to run an online game as big as World of Warcraft.
I have my answer now: 9000 servers (page 12). And judging by what I hear from WoW players, it’s still not enough. Amazing what you can find on the American Securities and Exchange Commission.
There was even some controversy about this publicly available shareholder presentation, with Blizzard threatening bloggers who reposted it. Not sure why all the hubub, but interesting nevertheless.