World of Warcraft is undoubtedly one of the most popular games ever made. Played by well over 10 million people worldwide, it’s become a benchmark on which new MMORPGs are judged. For many players, the server where they play has become a sort of a second home. This is a space in which they, and thousands of others, spend their off hours and enjoy killing countless monsters with one another. Did you know that the original server blades used to host World of Warcraft are going up on the auction block?
In a charitable move to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Blizzard is putting nearly 500 HP server blades up for auction. Cleaned up, and placed in a decorative chassis, these servers can sit on your shelf as a commemorative reminder of good times had by all.
A commemorative plaque sits next to the server hardware giving the realm name, start and end dates of use, and signatures from the World of Warcraft team. Over the hardware, a clear protective screen featuring the World of Warcraft logo in white.
To many of the most dedicated World of Warcraft players, these server blades represent something more than just hardware. They represent a place in which friendships were made, enemies were slain, and countless bottles of Mountain Dew were consumed during late-night raids.
So, where can you go to pick up a piece of gaming history for yourself? There are two separate eBay stores open for the next few days. One of them contains blades that hosted the North American servers, and the other European. At the time of this article’s writing, the average bid for North American servers was about $150-200 and European servers were generally at $100-140 with bids only just beginning. With so many passionate World of Warcraft players out there, there’s no telling what these servers will be going for when the auction ends on Monday, October 24, 2011.