SWTOR Beats WoW at its Own Game- Epic Battle of the MMORPGs

We have heard talk for years now of how BioWare just might have the first MMO to rival the infamous World of Warcraft. However, it would not be the first game to make attempts to take down the Blizzard giant in the MMORPG scene. There were skeptics and there were supporters but no one could say for sure if SWTOR would measure up to the level of WoW until it happened.

Here were are just a few days past the official launch and SWTOR is breaking records right and left. It would appear now that they have also beaten WoW at their own game. Daily Mail reports on the stats:

  • Hits 1 million subscribers faster than any rival, including World of Warcraft
  • Gamers play for 5.5 million hours over Christmas
  • Three billion enemies are killed
  • Dark Side is narrowly ahead: 810,000 Jedi created, 850,000 Sith

While WoW boasts the title of the most popular online world ever created with more than 10 million gamers playing, SWTOR has now surpassed even WoW when it comes to subscribers. They are the fastest to ever get to 1 million and they are set to break more records as the game continues.

While SWTOR is showing massive success early on, there is also a lot of questioning regarding the business model. Some believe that the game was just too expensive to create to continue to maintain over time, overthrow a giant like WoW and still turn a decent profit.

Many MMOs have had to switch to a free-to-play model in order to keep fans interested and keep the game alive. Other games just had to shut down altogether. Will SWTOR be able to maintain? Only time will really say for sure but so far it seems they are on the right track to continue beating WoW on the MMORPG scene.

Lisa Clark

Lisa has been an avid gamer since she was old enough to hold her first controller and a game writer for more than a decade. A child of the Nintendo generation, she believes they just don’t make games like they used to but sometimes, they make them even better! While consoles will always be her first love, Lisa spends most of her gaming time on the PC these days- on MMOs and first-person shooters in particular.