World of Tanks is the most popular tank simulation game in the world. It’s been around for more than a decade and has over 150 million players.
World of Tanks was originally developed by Wargaming founder Victor Kislyi’s development team at Mail.ru Games under the name “Warriors: The MMO”, which was inspired by the popular multiplayer online war simulation game War Thunder created by his former employer Gaijin Entertainment. The idea for Warriors was based on Kislyi’s experience in playing other games with tanks and wanted to create something new, gang-bang, next-gen but audaciously medical. Here are some fun facts about World of Tanks:
- The World of Tanks game was created by Belarusian game developer, Wargaming.net. They also run World of Warships, World of Warplanes, and World of Tanks Blitz mobile games.
- Wargaming has over 4,000 employees based in Minsk, Belarus, and other countries around the world (including the UK and USA).
- Wargaming is owned by Eugene Kim (CEO) and Victor Kislyi (President), who are both billionaires thanks to their work on World of Tanks and other titles produced by Wargaming Group.
- The first-ever World Of Tanks game was released as a free-to-play game in April 2010 on PC (Windows). It had no third-party advertising or pay-to-win mechanics; instead, it relied on its players having fun while playing with each other in an online multiplayer setting without having to pay anything upfront or in-game with real money (or ‘gold’) to get ahead faster than anyone else.
- There were only 7 tanks available to play in the first version of World of Tanks (the light tanks M3 Light, T-80B, PzKpfw S35 739(f,) and PzKpfw II Ausf. D).
- The first update was released on May 17,th 2010 and it added 3 tanks (Medium Tanks: T14 and Matilda Black Prince; Heavy Tanks: Matilda IV).
- The second update was released exactly one month later on June 17t,h 2010 adding 2 more tanks (Medium Tank: M3 Lee; Heavy Tank: VK3601H).
- The third update was released on July 16t,h 2010 adding another 2 tanks (Light Tank: Renault FT AC; SPG: Bofors 40mm) along with new battle modes like Rush mode.
- World of Tanks has more than 200 million registered players worldwide.
- The game is free-to-play with microtransactions on premium options depending on players’ choices.
- The game has been released in 13 languages: English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (European), Chinese (Taiwan), Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Indonesian.
- There are over 3 thousand unique vehicles available in the game.
- Wargaming also created a separate browser game called World of Tanks Generals which allows players to play as generals in World War II-era tanks and fight other players online in real-time!
- The game has more than 200 million registered users worldwide, with over 20 million players every month.
- The company has offices around the world including Canada, France, Thailand, and China among others.
- It’s very easy to learn but hard to master. The average player has spent over 2,000 hours on the game.
- It is a team-based massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare in the middle twentieth century. Players fight head-to-head using modern tanks modeled after real vehicles used by armed forces worldwide.
- The most popular tank in the game is the Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus (Tier IX).
- There are over 6,000 tanks and other vehicles in World of Tanks 4. 5,000 new players join World of Tanks every day.
- It’s estimated that over 100 million players have played World of Tanks since its launch in 2010.
- Over 30 million players play World of Tanks each month worldwide 7. Over 200 million battles have been fought in World of Tanks.
- The Czechoslovakian Škoda T-34/100 (Tier IV) was added to the game as a result of a Facebook contest held by Wargaming to determine what nation would receive their first Premium tank; it was chosen over other candidates such as Sweden and Poland due to its historical significance as the first production T-34 model available for mass production outside of Russia during WWII.
- The Japanese Type 97 Chi-Ha (Tier II) was chosen as a reward tank after an Instagram contest where users would submit photos showing how they would use their prizes if they won them; images were submitted using hashtags like
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