Diablo 3 now the fastest-selling PC game with more than 3.5 million copies sold in Day 1, Blizzard says

By on May 23, 2012 in Gaming, Technology Comments

Blizzard Entertainment announced on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 that Diablo 3 (Diablo III) is now the fastest-selling PC game ever, with more than 3.5 million copies sold as of day 1 and continues to increase its sales rapidly.

Diablo 3 (Diablo III)
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According to a press release by Blizzard Entertainment that day, Diablo 3, which was released last May 15 in various parts of the world, has sold more than 3.5 million copies within the first 24 hours, and has set the new all-time record for fastest-selling PC game.

As noted by Blizzard, the figure, which was based on their company records and reports from key distribution partners, does not include the more than 1.2 million players who received Diablo 3 as part of signing up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass promotion, meaning the total sales on the first day have reached to more than 4.7 million copies.

Apparently, the sale was said to have already reached to more than 6.3 million as of Tuesday, May 22, with the number notably excluding players in Korean Internet game rooms, where Diablo 3 had more than 39% share of the total record sales.

“We’re definitely thrilled that so many people around the world were excited to pick up their copy of Diablo 3 and jump in the moment it went live.” Blizzard Entertainment CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime was quoted in the press release, and thanked all the supporters of the PC game.

“We also regret that our preparations were not enough to ensure everyone had a seamless experience when they did so.” Morhaime added, with earlier reports said that the message ‘Error 37’ is being displayed when logging in on the day it was launched, due to high volume of traffic.

“Regarding today’s announcement, we recognize that setting a new launch record is a big achievement. However, we’re especially proud of the gameplay feedback we’ve received from players worldwide.” Morhaime explained further.

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