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Type of site
|Fan site (Wiki)|
|Launched||20 October 2010|
Wowpedia is a wiki about the Warcraft fictional universe. It covers all of the Warcraft games, including the MMORPG World of Warcraft. It is both a specialized wiki built around the Warcraft universe and a collaborative space for players to develop and publish strategies for Warcraft games. It was officially announced on 25 October 2010.
History and description
Wowpedia began as WoWWiki on 24 November 2004 as a source of information pertaining to the World of Warcraft universe, including the RTS games, novels, the RPG reference books, manga, and other written sources, along with the WoW expansion packs, The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Warlords of Draenor, Legion, and Battle for Azeroth.
Wowpedia's usefulness and strength as a wiki is in its establishment as a touchstone of "participatory culture", a "discourse community [...] in which more experienced contributors and various types of administrators play more or less strong roles in the editing process, often asking questions about edits made and offering suggestions." The success of Wowpedia has been described as the results of its editors' "blissful productivity, hard work and dedication at play". Wowpedia's format and coverage of the Warcraft games and lore contained therein has been used as an illustration of "the dedication of the community and how fans help each other when Blizzard’s official documents do not provide adequate guidance about gameplay features or the best way to engage with the game".
In July 2013, Wowpedia moved to Curse's Gamepedia game-based wiki hosting service. In December 2014, Wowpedia's URL was changed to a gamepedia domain, but the onscreen Wowpedia identity such as logos was retained.
As of December 2018, control of Wowpedia now falls under Wikia (now known as Fandom) due to its acquisition of Curse.
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