World of Warcraft Classic servers are now live, and as expected, players are crowding to get in. Unfortunately, servers are still pretty packed leading to long queues for some of the more popular servers. World of Warcraft director has now issued some clarification on Blizzard’s plans to alleviate the long queues in the near future. In a post on the Blizzard forums (via USG), WoW director Ion Hazzikostas was asked why Blizzard is hesitating on opening up new servers when queues to enter World of Warcraft classic can grow into the tens of thousands. The reason, Hazzikostas says, is because Blizzard is prioritizing the long-term health of World of Warcraft Classic over quick fixes.

"From the start of planning for this launch, we’ve tried to prioritise the long-term health of our realm communities, recognising that if we undershot the mark in terms of launch servers, we could move quickly to add additional realms in the opening hours," wrote Ion Hazzikostas, game director. "But if we went out with too many servers, weeks or months down the line we’d have a much tougher problem to solve. While we have tools like free character transfers available as a long-term solution to underpopulated realms, everything about that process would be tremendously disruptive to realm communities, and so it’s something we want to avoid as much as possible."

Blizzard picked the number of realms so that each would have a healthy population even if player numbers were around the developer's most conservative estimates. Since launch, less than a day ago, 20 new realms have been summoned into existence. New ones won't get added until they're filled, however.  Even in-game, queues persist. If you manage to log in, the hordes of fresh players all doing the same quests means you'll be competing over heavily contested spawns. Some players have tried to manage the chaos by forming orderly queues, politely taking their turn. Finally, to enjoy all the features in the game, players can Buy World of Warcraft Classic Mounts from at a reasonable price.