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Cataclysm Sells 3.3m in 24 Hours

Blizzard announces sales figures for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, saying the third expansion for their MMORPG sold through more than 3.3 million copies during its first 24 hours of availability. They say this makes the add-on the fastest-selling PC game of all time (including digital pre-sales), "based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners." They say: "This milestone eclipses the previous record of more than 2.8 million copies sold in 24 hours, set in November 2008 by Blizzard’s second World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King." On a semi-related note, the new UK game sales chart from GFK Chart-Track is online, where Cataclysm is number three in a chart that's still dominated by Call of Duty: Black Ops.

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2. Re: Cataclysm Sells 3.3m in 24 Hours Dec 13, 2010, 11:28 JoeNapalm

Lemme see here...3,300,000 x $40...carry the one...

Yup, that's $132M in a day.

Or $5.5M an hour.

In effect, damn near $100K a minute.

Without considering subscriptions, Collector's Editions, etc.

Now, before y'all nerd out on me about net vs gross and market variables, currency differences, Asia, etc...I think we can all agree that they just made a huge bucket of green, green money.

I can already hear the new WoW clones crowding the wings. Hail Blizzard, those who are about to die a quick and painful death seek to emulate you.

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