I thought this week it might be worth taking time out from the endless cycle of major releases to take a look at a game I totally don't understand, but completely respect. That game is World of Tanks.
Despite having never played this game, I continue to be blown away by it in terms of the numbers that are playing and the money it appears to be raking in.
At PAX Australia, for example, the World of Tanks team went all out. In terms of floor space and people attending their booth, there were only two real competitors: World of Tanks and League of Legends. Their booths were bigger than Ubisoft's, Microsoft's — bigger than anything.
I spoke to some of the people behind the game at the show. They were telling me that 100 million people are currently playing World of Tanks. 100 million. I mean seriously, that's ridiculous.
The interesting thing for me about World of Tanks is this: it's a niche game. It's a niche game for history buffs and people who like tanks but, because it's a global phenomenon, it's the kind of game that brings that niche together in one spot.
I find the whole thing interesting, but also insane. Anyone here into World of Tanks?