As a token of their appreciation for sticking beside World of Warcraft since its launch 10 years ago, Blizzard is giving collector-grade statues to WoW‘s most-active long-term subscribers.
Blizzard Entertainment launched World of Warcraft, the MMO Warcraft series spin-off, in November 2004; European gamers would receive the MMO a few months later in February 2005. Over the course of a decade, World of Warcraft became the reigning titan of the MMO genre; for several years, WoW was the most active MMO in the world, backed by the largest amount of subscribers over any other MMO. Apart from the list of gameplay expansions, World of Warcraft has a dedicated novel series, a card-based free-to-play game (Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft), and a live-action movie with filming already underway.
According to a Blizzard representative on MMO Champion, World of Warcraft players who registered within 60 days of the MMO’s original launch, and have been active since, will receive a commemorative statue to eligible players within North America and Europe. Selected players should receive an email at the address linked with their Battle.net accounts:
“As a way of thanking our loyal World of Warcraft players, we will send a physical gift to players who have been playing with us since the beginning. Players who are eligible have received an email at the address listed on their Battle.net accounts. If you did not receive that email, your account is not eligible for this gift.
These gifts were sent to physical addresses of eligible registered Battle.net accounts. To be eligible for this gift, a player must have created a World of Warcraft account within 60 days of the game’s release in America or Europe.”
The claim is backed by Battle.net user “Smitti” who posted pictures of Blizzard’s “10th Anniversary Physical Gift” on Imgur:
The statue is modeled after a 12′ statue of an Orc riding a wolf, located outside Blizzard’s Irvine, CA offices.