World of Warcraft Classic just had one of the worst launch events in the history of online gaming and it’s still on. Starting at midnight between 26th and 27th August, the players were given 15 available servers to log into. Now, Role Playing and several of the PVP servers have been available with shorter log in times, having medium to low population count. However, the majority of old school guilds known for keeping the servers alive and competitive chose one of the five PVP servers – Firemaw, Gehennas, Golemagg, Mograine, and Shazzarh, and the queues are enormous…
The trouble for Blizzard Entertainment began few hours prior to the launch when the majority of people decided to cash in and purchase a subscription. Their online shops were immediately down and people barely made it with their purchases before midnight. And, since then, they’ve been posting updates by the hour that they are working on the login issues, but nothing is changing.
In fact, average waiting times for the previously mentioned four servers actually increased the following day, on the 27th. It seems that the majority of the people thought to let the hotheads rage through the night and then after they go to sleep, the rest would be free to log in conveniently. But, the queue times only increase. 12 hours into the launch, an average queue for the highly populated four servers was over 20 thousand players, with about 3 to 4 hours of average waiting time in the morning hours, increasing to 5 to 6 waiting hours in the afternoon of August 27.
Also, WOW Classic launch Twitch streams were followed by approximately one million viewers through the night. Blizzard doesn’t disclose the info about their server population, but according to online speculations, a highly populated WOW server currently holds between 15 and 30 thousand players. Meaning that with the 20+ thousand in the queue, sites like Firemaw, Gehennas, Golemagg, Mograine, and Shazzarh have had anywhere from 35 to 50 thousand people trying to log in since midnight. Not much Blizzard can do at this point but wait for the crowds to clear by themselves, as there are other servers that offer no queue waiting times at all and there are more servers announced coming our way.