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As someone who loves both these games, it’s fair to say that there both juggernauts in there categories, both offer very similar names and are both extremely popular with their fans. Which one is a more successful franchise? World of Warcraft came from the already heavily successful series of Warcraft which are some of the best RTS games you could play. It’s also clear Warcraft is a lot more flexible to produce more games like sequels and spinoffs while its income from subscribers alone is in another league even compared to GTA with its paid subscription model and user base. Minecraft has a good advantage of being accessible to many platforms including PC and has a much stronger appeal to juniors and schools. Its art direction launched the indie market and its level of creation is top of the line. Both WoW and MC set the bench mark for there categories, where many developers have tried to dethrone these games and failed. There is also many WoW and MC clones available on the market.

Which is more successful franchise?

World of Warcraft with 5.5 million subscribers as of the beginning of November 2015, World of Warcraft is currently the world's most-subscribed MMORPG, and holds the Guinness World Record for the most popular MMORPG by subscribers. Having grossed over 10 billion dollars as of July 2012, it is also the highest grossing video game of all time. In January 2014, it was announced that more than 100 million accounts had been created over the game's lifetime.

Minecraft received five awards during the 2011 Game Developers Conference. Of the Game Developers Choice Awards, it won the Innovation Award, Best Downloadable Game Award, and Best Debut Game Award; from the Independent Games Festival, it won the Audience Award and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. In 2012, Minecraft was awarded a Golden Joystick Award in the category Best Downloadable Game. As of June 2015, over 70 million copies had been sold, including 20 million between the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, 30 million mobile game downloads, and 20 million on PC, making it the best-selling PC game to date and the third best-selling video game of all time