Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. recently announced that their latest release, Diablo III, has set an all new record for highest PC game sales in a 24 hour period at 3.5 million copies. This does not include the 1.2 million copies that were received by people who purchase the World of Warcraft Annual Pass promotion which has made Diablo III the biggest PC-launch in history. Within one week of release the game has already sold 6.3 million copies and continues to grow at an astounding rate. These numbers also do not include Korea where Diablo III is the top played game.
Diablo III was not without glitches upon its birth into the cyber world. Many people had to wait for hours before they could get online to play as Blizzard was not prepared for the hysteria that this game would create. Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment said, “We also regret that our preparations were not enough to ensure everyone had a seamless experience when they did so. I want to reaffirm our commitment to make sure the millions of Diablo III players out there have a great experience with the game moving forward, and I also want to thank them for their ongoing support.”
The game was unleashed on May 15th, with more than 8,000 retailers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil are also able to purchase Diablo III digitally via the official Diablo III website. Russian players will be to purchase the game digitally on June 7th which is when it will also be available there and the above Latin American countries retail stores.