Blizzard has released the sales figures for the massive RTS sequel Starcraft 2. The game has fast become the best selling PC game of the year, as well as being the fastest-selling strategy game of all time. The game sold more than 1 million copies on the first day. Launching simultaneously in more than 8,000 stores worldwide, it is clear that this is the biggest game for PC this year. The CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, Mike Morhaime, had this to say about the sales figures.
"We launched StarCraft II in 11 different languages and on 5 different continents because we wanted to make sure as many players as possible were able to log on and play on day one," said Mike. "We're pleased that so many people around the world have already picked up a copy of the game,and we look forward to welcoming even more players to Battle.net in the weeks and months ahead."
According to Joystiq, 1.2 million Starcraft 2 accounts have been registered to Battle.net, this is not an indicator of sales, but rather an idea of how many online players there are playing the game currently. SC2 has approximately 620 thousand registered users in the US alone, not surprising considering gaming retailer GameStop assisted with the launch by holding midnight sales around the country.
"GameStop had more than 3,000 stores open at midnight, so our StarCraft players got a jump start on playing the epic experience Blizzard consistently delivers with its games," said Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. "StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is officially GameStop's fastest-selling PC game since Blizzard launched World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King in 2008."