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Diablo III Claims Sales Record

Blizzard Entertainment is claiming a new sales record for Diablo III, their action/RPG sequel, saying it is the biggest PC game launch in history. Of all time. Ever:

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that as of the first 24 hours of Diablo® III’s release, more than 3.5 million copies had been sold, setting the new all-time record for fastest-selling PC game.* That number does not include the more than 1.2 million players who received Diablo III as part of signing up for the World of Warcraft® Annual Pass promotion. Altogether, more than 4.7 million gamers around the world were poised to storm Sanctuary on day 1 of Diablo III’s release -- representing the biggest PC-game launch in history.

“Regarding today’s announcement, we recognize that setting a new launch record is a big achievement” As of the first week of the game’s availability, that number had already grown to more than 6.3 million.* The above figures also do not include players in Korean Internet game rooms, where Diablo III has become the top-played game, achieving a record share of more than 39% as of May 22.†

“We’re definitely thrilled that so many people around the world were excited to pick up their copy of Diablo III and jump in the moment it went live,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “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.”

“Regarding today’s announcement, we recognize that setting a new launch record is a big achievement,” Morhaime continued. “However, we’re especially proud of the gameplay feedback we’ve received from players worldwide. We’re pleased that Diablo III has lived up to players’ high expectations, and we’re looking forward to welcoming more players into Sanctuary in the days ahead.”

Diablo III went live on May 15, 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 opening their doors to players at midnight or concurrently with the local release time in celebration of the launch. In addition to being able to buy the game at retail stores, gamers in the regions above as well as in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil are also able to purchase Diablo III digitally via the official Diablo III website (http://www.diablo3.com).

Commenting on the game’s sales achievement, Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop, stated, “Diablo III was one of our biggest PC launches ever and will help make this a record year for Blizzard at GameStop.”

According to John Love, director of video games at Amazon.com, “Not only did Diablo III break the record for most preordered PC game of all-time on Amazon.com, but it also shattered the record for best day-one sales for any PC game ever on Amazon.com.” Blizzard thanks its retail partners around the world for their support and commitment to the Diablo series.

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150. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 28, 2012, 21:08 Ant
 
Blizzard doesn't have my money.  
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149. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 25, 2012, 09:16 nin
 
Slippy wrote on May 24, 2012, 23:03:
I assume this is a newly added feature...

I just logged in and there is a button to restore recently deleted characters!

This couldn't have come at a better time, my 5 year old son just deleted his 25th level monk today... He'll be so happy in the morning!

I'd read somewhere that after a character is deleted, you have X amount of time for a restore.

 
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148. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 25, 2012, 04:52 InBlack
 
Slippy wrote on May 24, 2012, 20:39:
Dev wrote on May 24, 2012, 09:46:
Slippy wrote on May 24, 2012, 08:42:
Dev wrote on May 24, 2012, 01:55:
You must not read tech news sites or blues enough. There's been cases of nvidia drivers screwing up with the fan control on nvidia cards and heating themselves into perma hardware failure (you'd think video card companies would do minimal testing on a new video card driver , say by playing a game with them to see if they melt?). Nvidia even offered to replace cards that had that happened to them.

It would be incredibly unusual, I agree, but it does NOT have to be physical problems.
How is a fan not running NOT a physical problem? I know what you are getting at though... still that would be an extream exception and not a problem resultant from Blizzard. The way he wrote his original post made it sound like computer hardware is made of gel caps and choco-puffs.
Because its a software controlled fan that they screwed up in a driver release?

um... I said, 'I know what you are getting at though...' remember (quote above for reference, lol)?

But if you must know... obviously the printouts for said code that was to be written into that driver release was sitting on one coders desk by the name of Edwin Smith who was having his morning coffee and spilled his java on the pages for the code before entering it. Embarrassed and intimidated by his direct supervisor, one Janice Popngot, he chose to enter the code as is and make a ‘best guess' on the illegible code. This resulted in the fan failure referenced... Coffee stained Dunder Mifflin 20 weight 92 brightness copy paper is obviously a PHYSICAL thing... therefore, still physical.

BUT ANYWAYS... On the authorization service offered by Bliz...
How in the world can you guys complain about it or the fact that they are offering the service to help secure accounts and pushing for it’s use? This is the same service that most banks use (including the little key fob) and Blizzard is not charging anything for the service save the fob (which MOST banks do to). Now I don’t know about you guys but I take the security of my bank account far more seriously than my Blizzard account. The fact that they (a game publisher for God’s sake) are providing this service to try and help keep their customers accounts safe shows their level of commitment to security IMO. Does it guarantee safety? No, as I said before, nothing can do that. But it offers a free extra level of protection that is above and beyond what most game companies are offering.

With regard to the security of the code, remember this is a game… not a program that performs a single transaction like a bank would use. Everytime something is encrypted it takes time and processor power to decrypt. If they would have encrypted every single client/server transaction you guys would be complaining about performance… there’s no winning I suppose (don’t even start to beat the offline single player dead horse, that's a seperate issue from what we are discussing here). Rolleyes2

Ok so the comparisons between ActiBlizz and banks (plural) have already started...does anyone else find this slightly disturbing?
 
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147. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 23:28 xXBatmanXx
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on May 24, 2012, 16:23:
Dev wrote on May 24, 2012, 09:46:
Slippy wrote on May 24, 2012, 08:42:
Dev wrote on May 24, 2012, 01:55:
You must not read tech news sites or blues enough. There's been cases of nvidia drivers screwing up with the fan control on nvidia cards and heating themselves into perma hardware failure (you'd think video card companies would do minimal testing on a new video card driver , say by playing a game with them to see if they melt?). Nvidia even offered to replace cards that had that happened to them.

It would be incredibly unusual, I agree, but it does NOT have to be physical problems.
How is a fan not running NOT a physical problem? I know what you are getting at though... still that would be an extream exception and not a problem resultant from Blizzard. The way he wrote his original post made it sound like computer hardware is made of gel caps and choco-puffs.
Because its a software controlled fan that they screwed up in a driver release?

Isthere a list of hardware and drivers that does this? My fan is going like mad! hahahaa I have put in 8+ hours at a time on the game, no melty.....should be fine.

Looks like I spoke too soon....went upstairs and attempted to turn on screen (was on 20 minutes before this), "NO HDMI VIDEO".

wtf.
 
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146. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 23:03 Slippy
 
I assume this is a newly added feature...

I just logged in and there is a button to restore recently deleted characters!

This couldn't have come at a better time, my 5 year old son just deleted his 25th level monk today... He'll be so happy in the morning!
 
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145. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 21:40 Slippy
 
Prez wrote on May 24, 2012, 21:28:
(don’t even start to beat the offline single player dead horse, that's a seperate issue from what we are discussing here)

A dead horse? WHERE?? Bat

The smiley makes it Prez... LMAO! +5 Bat of Dead Horse Beating... LOL!
 
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144. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 21:28 Prez
 
(don’t even start to beat the offline single player dead horse, that's a seperate issue from what we are discussing here)

A dead horse? WHERE?? Bat
 
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143. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 20:39 Slippy
 
Dev wrote on May 24, 2012, 09:46:
Slippy wrote on May 24, 2012, 08:42:
Dev wrote on May 24, 2012, 01:55:
You must not read tech news sites or blues enough. There's been cases of nvidia drivers screwing up with the fan control on nvidia cards and heating themselves into perma hardware failure (you'd think video card companies would do minimal testing on a new video card driver , say by playing a game with them to see if they melt?). Nvidia even offered to replace cards that had that happened to them.

It would be incredibly unusual, I agree, but it does NOT have to be physical problems.
How is a fan not running NOT a physical problem? I know what you are getting at though... still that would be an extream exception and not a problem resultant from Blizzard. The way he wrote his original post made it sound like computer hardware is made of gel caps and choco-puffs.
Because its a software controlled fan that they screwed up in a driver release?

um... I said, 'I know what you are getting at though...' remember (quote above for reference, lol)?

But if you must know... obviously the printouts for said code that was to be written into that driver release was sitting on one coders desk by the name of Edwin Smith who was having his morning coffee and spilled his java on the pages for the code before entering it. Embarrassed and intimidated by his direct supervisor, one Janice Popngot, he chose to enter the code as is and make a ‘best guess' on the illegible code. This resulted in the fan failure referenced... Coffee stained Dunder Mifflin 20 weight 92 brightness copy paper is obviously a PHYSICAL thing... therefore, still physical.

BUT ANYWAYS... On the authorization service offered by Bliz...
How in the world can you guys complain about it or the fact that they are offering the service to help secure accounts and pushing for it’s use? This is the same service that most banks use (including the little key fob) and Blizzard is not charging anything for the service save the fob (which MOST banks do to). Now I don’t know about you guys but I take the security of my bank account far more seriously than my Blizzard account. The fact that they (a game publisher for God’s sake) are providing this service to try and help keep their customers accounts safe shows their level of commitment to security IMO. Does it guarantee safety? No, as I said before, nothing can do that. But it offers a free extra level of protection that is above and beyond what most game companies are offering.

With regard to the security of the code, remember this is a game… not a program that performs a single transaction like a bank would use. Everytime something is encrypted it takes time and processor power to decrypt. If they would have encrypted every single client/server transaction you guys would be complaining about performance… there’s no winning I suppose (don’t even start to beat the offline single player dead horse, that's a seperate issue from what we are discussing here). Rolleyes2
 
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142. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 16:23 xXBatmanXx
 
Dev wrote on May 24, 2012, 09:46:
Slippy wrote on May 24, 2012, 08:42:
Dev wrote on May 24, 2012, 01:55:
You must not read tech news sites or blues enough. There's been cases of nvidia drivers screwing up with the fan control on nvidia cards and heating themselves into perma hardware failure (you'd think video card companies would do minimal testing on a new video card driver , say by playing a game with them to see if they melt?). Nvidia even offered to replace cards that had that happened to them.

It would be incredibly unusual, I agree, but it does NOT have to be physical problems.
How is a fan not running NOT a physical problem? I know what you are getting at though... still that would be an extream exception and not a problem resultant from Blizzard. The way he wrote his original post made it sound like computer hardware is made of gel caps and choco-puffs.
Because its a software controlled fan that they screwed up in a driver release?

Isthere a list of hardware and drivers that does this? My fan is going like mad! hahahaa I have put in 8+ hours at a time on the game, no melty.....should be fine.
 
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141. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 14:04 NKD
 
Yifes wrote on May 24, 2012, 12:57:
Anyone else surprised that 1.2 million people bought yearly passes for WOW? Ridiculous...

You didn't actually have to pay anything up front, just commit to paying for another year. For someone who planned on playing for a year, there were no additional costs. They essentially just got Diablo 3 and a mount for free.
 
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140. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 13:34 nin
 
Yifes wrote on May 24, 2012, 12:57:
Anyone else surprised that 1.2 million people bought yearly passes for WOW? Ridiculous...

With the playerbase they have, I'm surprised it wasn't higher...

 
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139. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 12:57 Yifes
 
Anyone else surprised that 1.2 million people bought yearly passes for WOW? Ridiculous...  
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138. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 12:19 Optional nickname
 
avianflu wrote on May 24, 2012, 12:17:
It is official -- Blizzard is dancing away on top of their money piles

This was made official with the 40 Billion cash revenues from the last 12 years of WOW subscriptions.
 
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137. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 12:17 avianflu
 
It is official -- Blizzard is dancing away on top of their money piles  
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136. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 12:05 Ray Ban
 
nin wrote on May 24, 2012, 11:55:
Ray Ban wrote on May 24, 2012, 11:51:
My source also said that this was the first time in 25 years he had experienced an account hijacking and suspected brute force hacking of Battle.net accounts.

But by all means, don't let me stop you from cherry picking quotes.

And yet he lost his shit. Lesson learned for them?

Why yes, it is! He goes on to write:
Anyway, the point of this newsbit is to at least make our audience aware that hacking IS happening, and to encourage everyone to take whatever steps necessary to protect their account. If you don't want to lose your items and gold (or even have them delete a character, which they could also do), then go change your password to something tougher and sign up for both security options.

You see there? He tells people to change their passwords, and to sign up for auth.

If anything, I'm agreeing with the poster more than you are. And yet it was YOUR link!




And it is good advice. In this situation everyone has to do what he can to secure his account. I've changed my password as well.

Clarification: My point is that the level of security regarding Battle.net accounts has been / is too low. Blizzard has failed in this regard. Stronger mandatory security checks should have been in place long before launching a game with a real money auction house.
 
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135. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 11:56 Optional nickname
 
we can only change ourselves.

this is probably the only surviving quote for serenity, because, with our population going from 7 Billion to 10 Billion overnight now, and just the decline in varied tradition, as Apple and Google will control the world byt the Billions, I can say, I will boycott this game, and watch 35 million walk past my petition, and buy this game, no matter what the DRM measures are.

this is the sad fact of society that cannot be beat BUT!

we can only change ourselves.

Thank fucking God.
 
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134. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 11:55 nin
 
Ray Ban wrote on May 24, 2012, 11:51:
My source also said that this was the first time in 25 years he had experienced an account hijacking and suspected brute force hacking of Battle.net accounts.

But by all means, don't let me stop you from cherry picking quotes.

And yet he lost his shit. Lesson learned for them?

Why yes, it is! He goes on to write:
Anyway, the point of this newsbit is to at least make our audience aware that hacking IS happening, and to encourage everyone to take whatever steps necessary to protect their account. If you don't want to lose your items and gold (or even have them delete a character, which they could also do), then go change your password to something tougher and sign up for both security options.

You see there? He tells people to change their passwords, and to sign up for auth.

If anything, I'm agreeing with the poster more than you are. And yet it was YOUR link!

 
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133. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 11:51 Ray Ban
 
nin wrote on May 24, 2012, 11:42:
Ray Ban wrote on May 24, 2012, 11:38:
nin wrote on May 24, 2012, 11:23:
Ray Ban wrote on May 24, 2012, 10:51:
nin wrote on May 24, 2012, 10:42:
Ray Ban wrote on May 24, 2012, 10:36:
And the fun continues ...

www.gamebanshee.com/diablo-iii-hacking



To be fair to Blizzard, one thing I wasn't doing was using their authenticator or Battle.net SMS protection options.




If the holy Blizzard Authenticator is the only thing that can give you a reasonable protection from getting your account hijacked, shouldn't Blizzard then have made it mandatory?


Is it blizzard's fault if you get a keylogger on your machine?



So you've seen evidence showing that each and every one of these hijackings are due to key loggers?

That's really interesting. Where's the link?


I never said that. I did, however say the other day that blizzard claims that every case they've investigated either had no authenticator, or it was added post hack.

And in your case, the link YOU provided, the person openly admitted they didn't have one. And that's what I was basing my comment off of - your post and your source.

But hey, don't let that stop you from putting words in other peoples mouths.



My source also said that this was the first time in 25 years he had experienced an account hijacking and suspected brute force hacking of Battle.net accounts.

But by all means, don't let me stop you from cherry picking quotes.
 
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132. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 11:42 nin
 
Ray Ban wrote on May 24, 2012, 11:38:
nin wrote on May 24, 2012, 11:23:
Ray Ban wrote on May 24, 2012, 10:51:
nin wrote on May 24, 2012, 10:42:
Ray Ban wrote on May 24, 2012, 10:36:
And the fun continues ...

www.gamebanshee.com/diablo-iii-hacking



To be fair to Blizzard, one thing I wasn't doing was using their authenticator or Battle.net SMS protection options.




If the holy Blizzard Authenticator is the only thing that can give you a reasonable protection from getting your account hijacked, shouldn't Blizzard then have made it mandatory?


Is it blizzard's fault if you get a keylogger on your machine?



So you've seen evidence showing that each and every one of these hijackings are due to key loggers?

That's really interesting. Where's the link?


I never said that. I did, however say the other day that blizzard claims that every case they've investigated either had no authenticator, or it was added post hack.

And in your case, the link YOU provided, the person openly admitted they didn't have one. And that's what I was basing my comment off of - your post and your source.

But hey, don't let that stop you from putting words in other peoples mouths.

 
http://www.nin.com/pub/tension/
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131. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 11:38 Ray Ban
 
nin wrote on May 24, 2012, 11:23:
Ray Ban wrote on May 24, 2012, 10:51:
nin wrote on May 24, 2012, 10:42:
Ray Ban wrote on May 24, 2012, 10:36:
And the fun continues ...

www.gamebanshee.com/diablo-iii-hacking



To be fair to Blizzard, one thing I wasn't doing was using their authenticator or Battle.net SMS protection options.




If the holy Blizzard Authenticator is the only thing that can give you a reasonable protection from getting your account hijacked, shouldn't Blizzard then have made it mandatory?


Is it blizzard's fault if you get a keylogger on your machine?



So you've seen evidence showing that each and every one of these hijackings are due to key loggers?

That's really interesting. Where's the link?
 
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