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"Released in December 2007 after the regulation of the internet, "The World" is the first online game released since "Pluto's Kiss," an event at the height of an internet hacking maelstrom that led to millions of computers across the globe shutting down. Running under ALTIMIT, a secure network operating system, "The World" has grown rapidly in popularity with millions having downloaded the game in the first month alone, and more than 20 million players by 2010, the time of the .hack//SIGN story. "The World", which is administered by the CyberConnect (CC) Corporation, began as a prototype game called "the Fragment" which gradually developed into the current version of the game. Programmers from the ALTIMIT development team left the company to work on "The World", forming the CC Corporation, and now act as the game's system administrators."