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Fan plays Cataclysm 149 hours a week

Average playtime up, says WOW stat-crunch.

One free time-rich gamer poured a staggering 149 hours into MMO expansion World of Warcraft: Cataclysm in its first week on release, according to numbers out today.

Figures released by social networking client Raptr show that its top user played for an average of 21 hours a day.

The stats also revealed that more than 50 per cent of all playtime on Cataclysm was logged by the top 11 per cent of players while the average total playtime on the first day of release was 6.23 hours. The average game session length is now 2.1 hours.

Even though Blizzard seems to be ramping up development on a brand new MMO, it seems that the seven-year-old Warcraft franchise is more popular than ever. The stats revealed that time played per day has grown 1.5 times for the MMO since the summer of 2010 while playtime per week has grown to 20 hours – almost doubling year-on-year.

Cataclysm, which launched on 7th December, is the fastest-selling PC game of all time, shifting 3.3 million copies in just 24 hours.

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