Sep 21, 2010

Starcraft II: Sells three million on first month

When Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty was released, researchers were bullish with their guesses, with projections of as much as 7,000,000 copies this year. Blizzard is making progress towards these figures, as the publisher announced today one-month sales of 3,000,000 copies.

Starcraft II sold 1,000,000 copies on July twenty-seven when it hit stores across the world and another 500k copies on day two, making it the fastest-selling real time methodology game in history, according to Blizzard . While these numbers don't come near to matching those generated by World of Warcraft--Wrath of the Lich King sold 2.8 million copies in its first day--Blizzard's Chairman Mike Morhaime today announced himself pleased by "how strongly the global community has welcomed [Starcraft II]." The Corporal will see you nowall 3,000,000 of you. 

Colin Sebastian of Lazard Capital Markets, who made the 7,000,000 sales guesstimate, expounded today the one-month figures show that "sales weren't as front-loaded as some had anticipated" and that Starcraft II's numbers "are tracking a little before our 4,000,000 guess for [the July-September quarter]." These guesses include some monetization of sales in South Korea, one of the major markets for the game, which Sebastian claimed hadn't yet had an effect on sales statistics due to an extended free test period for game-players in the Asian nation. After officially asserting the title in South Korea at the 2007 Worldwide Invitational in Seoul, Blizzard confirmed in 2008 the game would come in 3 parts. Wings of Liberty, number one in the trifecta, was at first scheduled for release in 2009 but got delayed just before the vacation season. While Wings of Liberty focused on the Terran race, the other 2 parts--Heart of the Swarm and Inheritance of the Void--focus on the Zerg and Protoss . Neither of the other 2 parts--which are technically expansions--have a date of release yet. 

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