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Session Name: War Stories from Azeroth
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Track / Format: Advanced Graphics Summit

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Overview: This talk celebrating World of Warcraft's 16+ year history covers unexpected server challenges and lessons that can be applied to any live game. WoW has constantly evolved with every expansion and the server team has encountered different challenges at every turn. Through four examples, this talk will cover a cross-section of those issues. Using events players remember such as the opening of the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj and the launches of several expansions, it will cover topics including load balancing, performance monitoring, good development practices, integrating new features into an existing code base, and transitioning to work-from-home during a pandemic. Take a look into the ongoing development of one of the most active and popular games of all time.

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