Tuesday, January 26, 2010

World of Warcraft has just 32 developers for 5.5M Lines of Code

I don't play it, but World of Warcraft is the world's most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game with more than 11.5 million users. It clocks in at 5.5 million lines of code. According to this blog post, there are only 32 developers working on this code, an impressive ratio of code to coders.

"Population [of development team]: 32. [...] Whole team maintains 5.5 million lines of code. [...] 20,000 computer systems, 1.3 petabytes, more than 4600 people. Operating an online game requires more than just game development!"

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6 comments:

Douwe Osinga said...

The most popular MMOG would be of course FarmVille with 28 million 1 active users. I am sure they dont have 32 people working on it...

Gabor said...

It's hardly as real-time or interactive as WoW. But good point.

Gabor said...

Also, I think FarmVille's user numbers now exceed the population of the UK. (> 28 M)

Alex said...

Since when has the population of the UK been around 28 million.
Even in 1900 it was over 30 million.
I think you will find that it is around 61.5 million as of 2008.

Gabor said...

Whoops. I meant to say 62M, not 28M. Not sure how the 28 made it in there.

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