We all know World of Warcraft is still going strong after over 10 years, but did you know it’s one of the highest grossing video games of all time?
It’s true: according to recent sales figures, World of Warcraft has made over $8.5 billion since its launch in 2004. Let us repeat, 8.5 billion dollars. It makes sense, of course: World of Warcraft revolutionized the MMORPG genre, and even mainstream console video games would adopt questing and leveling systems made popular by Blizzard’s flagship game. Even if “WoW” has fallen from its peak of 12 million subscribers, it still commands a playerbase that other games in the genre can only dream of. With a movie on the way and the Legion expansion coming next year, World of Warcraft looks to remain a cultural icon for many years to come.
Still, 8.5 billion dollars. To put this wild success into perspective, we’ve put together 10 things you could do with the money World of Warcraft has made to this day.
Own All Ten of 2015’s Most Expensive Cars
The 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari is considered one of the priciest cars of this year, and it is only worth about $1.4 million. With $8.5 billion, you’d be owning a massive garage full of expensive cars in no time.
Own All Ten of the World’s Most Expensive Mansions
London’s Buckingham Palace is one of the world’s most expensive homes by a long shot, and that’s worth roughly $1.55 billion. With your World of Warcraft money, all ten of your fancy cars could each have a lavish home to live in.
Purchase Over 4000 Honus Wagner Cards At Auction
Most people would consider $2.1 million to be too much to spend on this antique baseball card.
However, with your stuffed coffers, you could build a giant Honus Wagner card made of Honus Wagner cards.
Claim Ownership of Multiple Small Islands
Fiji’s Macuata Island is listed at $2.5 million on the private island marketplace.
To you, that’s like buying a value meal at a fast food restaurant.
Build A Football Stadium
The MetLife NFL Stadium in New Jersey is the most lavish football stadium to date, and that cost $1.6 billion. Were you to build a football stadium, you could make one at least four times as nice.
Tell Donald Trump That He Only Has Half of Your Money
It’s hard to go a day without hearing about billionaire Donald Trump, so imagine learning that he’s worth only $4 billion. Even if Donald Trump were to make a clone of himself that made as much money as he did, you would still have more money than him.
Buy Family Dollar
In 2014, discount variety store Dollar Tree purchased Family Dollar for – you guessed it – $8.5 billion. If you felt for some reason that every Family Dollar store in America should belong to you, then you would be able to do just that.
Fly Into Space
If you’re the average billionaire, you may spend 20-40 million dollars to fly into space and call it a day.
If you are a World of Warcraft billionaire, you may consider paying less than a billion dollars to fund a custom rocket-ship and use that to fly into space instead.
Stack 30 Columns of Quarters That Reach The Moon
For those who would prefer to stay out of space, you could build a literal money tower into the cosmos instead. Since it takes less than 1.05 billion quarters stacked together to reach the moon, then you’d have no problem converting your cash into 30 of these towers.
Hey, we’re not saying these are good ideas, which is probably why no moon-touching towers of quarters exist today.
Be a Millionaire for the Rest of Your Life
Let’s assume that, due to advancements in modern medicine, you life for 120 more years. Were you to spread $8.5 billion across your remaining life, you would still have over $7 million to spend every year.
Sure, it’s not as flashy as building a football stadium or owning a mansion, but some people dream of comfort over luxury. Perhaps you just want to pay off student loans, provide for your families and friends, and pay off a nice house to live in for generations to come. We’re not here to tell you what you should do with $8.5 billion, but this should put into perspective just how much money we’re talking about.
Either way, with this kind of money to sit on for the rest of your life, you would have a lot of free time to play World of Warcraft.
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