With the onset of Guild Wars 2 getting closer into our hands, a few of us here took a step back and looked at why Guild Wars 2 is such a hit before any kind of widely accessible beta has occurred. It’s no surprised that the community is probably the biggest reason why. The community, by word of mouth (and the internet) in addition to Arenanet making quite possibly the best MMO to grace our computers in a very long time has turned this game into an international event.
We constantly see posts on Twitter from Arenanet written in german and it’s easy to see why: Guild Wars has a HUGE following in Europe, specifically Germany. One of their best fansites (elite, as Arenanet would put it) has been home to a rather large community that many here in the west would has missed had it not been for their awesome interview with Jeff Grubb and that incredible video about Why Developers Love GW2.We here at GuildWarsInsider thought that it was time that WarTower.de got some credit for making Guild Wars (and Guild Wars 2) a gleaming success in the sense of bringing people together.
The folks over at Wartower.de were kind enough to respond to a few of our questions about their site (found below). Interestingly enough, they gave us some really incredible answers that hold true not over at Wartower but also on GW2 fansites abroad.
Wartower: We consider February 18th, 2004 the somewhat official birthday.
GWI: Also, who were the original creators of the site?
Wartower: The original creator and owner of the site was, and still is Savage. Co-Creator was BFLanger.
GWI: It’s kind of hard to miss the overall size of your site, just how many members do you have?
Wartower: About 110.000 and counting
Wartower: We recommend our trade section, which has a good set of well enforced rules. Buyers are held accountable and sellers cannot close threads because they just sold the item inside the game on a whim. We offer a large section where guilds showcase themselves, meaning people can easily find like-minded players. Our WTF Tool allows the community to ask us anything and I do mean anything. The Guild Wars 2 section is still growing and will undergo a lot of change in the coming months to accommodate discussions on all topics imaginable. It is also worth taking a look at our convention videos from the past and listen to our podcasts, some of which are in English.
GWI: Your Guild Wars Trading Post section in your forums is immense. Do you plan to create one for GW2 as well?
Wartower: One of the reason our trade section got as big as it did were the ‘suboptimal’ trading options within Guild Wars 1. Which turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because it gave communities a reason to exist. GW2 seems to fix a lot of that, so I expect less trade activity, but I am sure there is a way for communities to modify the game and give people a reason to visit fansites.
If you have a moment, you should really check them out at their website: Wartower.de and for those who would be linguistically impaired – try Google Chrome for its translation feature. Before I sign off, I’d like to thank the people over at Wartower for their time and we look foward to seeing you guys in Guild Wars 2.
This edition of the International Spotlight was brought to GWI through the combined efforts of Roland Daemon, Kefkah and Ethan Ethanson of GW2Evolution.com and of course, the helpful admins of Wartower.de