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World of Tanks is a multiplayer online game developed by Belarusian company featuring mid-20th century era fighting vehicles. It is built upon a freemium business model where the game is free-to-play, but participants also have the option of paying a fee for use of "premium" features. The focus is on player vs. player gameplay with each player controlling a tank or armored vehicle. World of Tanks debuted as an eSports game at the World Cyber Games 2012.

The game models the effects of both armor and cover and includes more than 240 armored vehicles from the Soviet Union, Germany, Britain, France, China and the United States. Japanese tanks have also been confirmed to be in development. A planned "Tree of Europe" has also been confirmed featuring Italian, Swedish and Polish tanks with Hungary and Romania possible. The vehicles have been carefully detailed with historical visual accuracy, but as this is not a tank simulator, certain parameters (e.g. reduced main gun characteristics-range and penetration physics) have been simplified, and in-game controls are very user friendly for gameplay. Eventually, there will be around 500 vehicles available in the game. World of Tanks was released on 12 August 2010 in Russia. One year later it was released for the People's Republic of China, later becoming available for the territories of Europe, North America, South East Asia and Vietnam.

World of Tanks is the first game of the Belarusian company to be released under the free-to-play model, which will see the game released for free with revenue generated from micropayments in the form of in-game currency, "gold", which can then be used to convert free experience gained for the purpose of acquiring vehicles or vehicle parts.

World of Tanks holds a Guinness World Record in the category of Most Players Online Simultaneously on one MOG Server. The record was registered on 23 January 2011 when the number of players on the game's Russian server totaled 91,311. This record was beaten by the European server on 13 April 2012 during the anniversary special weekend where all players could enter a code to be Premium account holders for a day. Numbers of over 305,000 were recorded during this period.

As of 2012, there are 45,000,000 registered players worldwide. On 4 October 2012, the game reached a record-breaking 500,000 concurrent players online on one server based in Russia. Within two weeks of the launch of the South Korean server, the number of concurrent users in Korea reached 10,000.

In 2012, Wargaming's revenue was declared to be 217.9 million Euro, with net profit of 6.1 million Euro, as declared in an annual report for the Cyprus Stock Exchange. The money gained by Wargaming almost exclusively came from World of Tanks.

In May 2013, Wargaming announced "World of Tanks Blitz", a mobile version of World of Tanks for tablets and smartphones using Android and IOS. It will be released in 2013.

On 10 June 2013 it was announced that World of Tanks was coming to the Xbox 360 in Summer 2013. Xbox 360 players will use separate servers to those playing the Windows version and players of each version will have separate accounts. The Xbox 360 version is being developed by Wargaming West studio (separate from the Windows version).

To date, has over 60,000,000 registered players worldwide.

Anybody here play or have ever played it?

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