Will World of Warcraft Drive ISP Adoption of IPv6?

One of the biggest drivers toward IPv6 adoption may be Blizzard’s online game.

By Enterprise Networking Planet Staff | Posted May 12, 2011
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Despite whitepapers, guides and expert industry advice regarding the importance of migrating from IPv4 to IPv6, some believe there is another force out there that will push IPv6 adoption in the ISP space.

Believe it or not -- it's a game that could change how quickly ISPs move to IPv6. When Blizzard offered the latest update to its massively online multiplayer game, World of Warcraft (WoW) the patch included the option for players to enable IPv6 when available. This, according to some industry experts could be the big driver behind ISP adoption of IPv6 due to the sheer number of users who will want IPv6 availability.


"Whether IT networking boffins like it or not, one of the biggest drivers toward IPv6 adoption may turn out to be Blizzard’s massively online multiplayer monolith, World of Warcraft (WoW).

"Not only will IPv6 present the potential for better performing networks, it’ll also include Quality of Service (QoS) and security measures ensuring better game play.

"So if demand from world’s legion of WoW players isn’t enough to convince ISPs to hurry up and get on the IPv6 bandwagon, don’t be surprised if you see subscribers rage-quitting en-mass some time soon."

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