StarCraft II Sells 1.8 Million Copies on Day 1 - Excluding Korea!

by Brett Walton, posted on 28 July 2010 / 39,828 Views

Early data is in and it looks like StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty has become the fastest-selling game of 2010 to date and one of the fastest-selling PC games of all time. VGChartz estimates that around 1.8 million units of the game were sold on day 1 across the Americas and Europe including both physical retail sales and Battle.net download sales. This figure does not include players in Korea where it is virtually impossible to accurately estimate how many people will have purchased the game due to the way in which it is sold - mainly via time cards and also with Blizzard announcing that World of Warcraft users with an active account in Korea would be able to play the game free of charge. The number of players in Korea playing the game on day 1 could be as high at 3-4 million but only Blizzard will know for sure.

Breaking down the 1.8 million sales in the Americas and Europe, VGChartz estimates that around 31% or 570,000 units were sold digitally via Battle.net (obtained via a study of order numbers during the first day of sale) with the remainder coming from physical retail sales and 57% of total sales coming from the Americas with the remainder from Europe.

 

We expect Blizzard to make an official announcement in the coming days and hopefully they will shed some light on the success of the title in Asian markets as well. The current record-holder for day 1 PC sales is the World of Warcraft expansion Wrath of the Lich King, which sold 2.8 million units on day one, including sales in Asia. It will be interesting to see how Blizzard quantifies total sales and whether StarCraft II will be revealed as the new fastest-seller.

Keep checking VGChartz for all the latest news.


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40 Comments

Foamer (on 03 August 2010)

"so whats the deal are vgchartz numbers really off this much?" Only until they're 'corrected'...


amacfantasy (on 03 August 2010)

so whats the deal are vgchartz numbers really off this much?


Foamer (on 03 August 2010)

"Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that StarCraft(R) II: Wings of Liberty(TM) achieved a day-one sales milestone of more than 1 million copies sold worldwide" Kinda makes the headline "StarCraft II Sells 1.8 Million Copies on Day 1 - Excluding Korea!" look completely ridiculous.


WIzarDE (on 03 August 2010)

Holy mother of God !


Barozi (on 03 August 2010)

Official Blizzard press release: http://investor.activision.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=495875


c0rd (on 03 August 2010)

Ugh, I want the numbers now! How's them sales in Korea?! How bout first week? Pretty much been playing this game exclusively the past week.


DuckmanR10 (on 01 August 2010)

I've played my Xbox 360 only once this week, this game IS gold.


amacfantasy (on 29 July 2010)

so will we get data on the asian market soon likely ?


soupdawg30 (on 29 July 2010)

I won't be playing my PS3 for awhile now that I have SC2.


routsounmanman (on 29 July 2010)

@SmoothCriminal Ditto.


STEKSTAV (on 29 July 2010)

@SmoothCriminal Amen!


SmoothCriminal (on 29 July 2010)

@Lyrikalstylez Well your opinion sucks, in my opinion. Have a nice day.


libellule (on 29 July 2010)

hum, I m really interested in the Blizzard nbrs This is what will matter at the end. I m also not convinced we can trust the bnet sales datas


Bladeforce (on 29 July 2010)

"Blizzard makes game like Nintendo. I would shudder if Nintendo and Blizzard worked on a game together." ;) who says they arent?


Bladeforce (on 29 July 2010)

Fantastic game!! My consoles have took a back seat for quite a while now I'm back with SC. No better online multiplayer!


routsounmanman (on 29 July 2010)

@Rawnchie14 I said "non-bloody / macho shooter". No commas, semicolons or periods. You can't ommit the shooter part.


ljlrj (on 29 July 2010)

korea already 6 mill ibet


BrayanA (on 29 July 2010)

I'm on the 6th level, got all acheivments so far. The game is bloody good if you are RTS fan and your PC can handle it.


Lyrikalstylez (on 28 July 2010)

WTF, So many people going gaga over this game, and yet I have little hype for it or Maybe because I never played part 1 or maybe because PC gaming sux in my opinion Who Knows


Rawnchie14 (on 28 July 2010)

@ routsounmanman Have you played the game? It's pretty macho and most definitely bloody. Only thing it isn't is a shooter - although, involves shooting! lol


NightDragon83 (on 28 July 2010)

I'm honestly surprised there were so many retail/physical copies sold... I figured the ratio would be much higher for download/digital only copies of the game since that's how most PC games are sold these days. I'm really tempted to pick it up now, seems to be getting rave reviews as well, though I've never been one for RTS games.


skiptomylou41k (on 28 July 2010)

I account for 3 Collector's Editions :P


KungKras (on 28 July 2010)

Awesome sales, for an awesome game.


morenoingrato (on 28 July 2010)

ogm, starcraft 2 a sequel to a universally aclaimed 10 million sellign game that was anticipating a sequel for 10 years sold really massive. wow wow wow Oh wait, starcraft 2 a sequel to a universally aclaimed 10 million sellign game that was anticipating a sequel for 10 years sold really massive, expected


hunter_alien (on 28 July 2010)

My god that is fast... I wonder how massive first week sales will be, especially if S-Korea is accounted to :-D


heruamon (on 28 July 2010)

Blizzard still rules Computer Gaming...So glad, as it put's Kotick at an arms length from the companies operations.


tallgnome (on 28 July 2010)

I still haven't picked up my copy yet (midterm tomorrow), otherwise I am going to fail my summer courses


Kleeyook (on 28 July 2010)

It's interesting that estimatelt 3-4 millions Koreans played SC2 on day one.


routsounmanman (on 28 July 2010)

So refreshing to see a non-bloody / macho shooter selling such volumes and on the PC for that matter! Bravo, Blizzard, job well done once again. Top developers right now IMO: 1. Blizzard 2. Atlus 3. Nintendo


Games4Fun (on 28 July 2010)

Go Blizzard


.jayderyu (on 28 July 2010)

PC gaming is dead, PC gaming is dead..... wait damnd. Big name consoles developers suck and are screwing over PC gamers and not buy there games. Big name consoles developers suck and are screwing over PC gamers and not buy there games. I was expecting SC2 to be one of the best sellers of the decade, but that was over a long term. Blizzard makes game like Nintendo. I would shudder if Nintendo and Blizzard worked on a game together.


ssj12 (on 28 July 2010)

i predict like 30 million by the end of next year.


Kynes (on 28 July 2010)

SK pop: 49 million


DuckmanR10 (on 28 July 2010)

Still gotta go buy my copy today :)


Wagram (on 28 July 2010)

DAAAAAYUM.


Hephaestos (on 28 July 2010)

mine shipped the 26th, do I count? :p figures will double with korea! (what's the SK pop?)


NiKKoM (on 28 July 2010)

omg... I'm one of them!


MonstaMack (on 28 July 2010)

Leet.


hiroko (on 28 July 2010)

HOLY....SHIT


D-Joe (on 28 July 2010)

thats crazy