World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Sells 3.3 Million Copies in 24 Hours

Take THAT, Call of Duty: Black Ops. Activision Blizzard is reporting that World of Warcraft: Cataclysm sold over 3.3 million copies in the first 24 hours from release, making it the fastest selling PC game of all time in the United States, and dethroning the previous title-holder, CODBLOPS.

Granted, all of the money is headed to the coffers at Activision, so it’ll be a very happy holiday for everyone involved – it must be nice to have the two most popular and best-selling games of all time in your wheelhouse. Maybe I should have opened with “Take THAT, Electronic Arts.”

Here’s what PC Mag had to say about it in their news story:

Activision Blizzard is having a pretty good year. Weeks after its “Call of Duty: Black Ops” game set a five-day sales record of $650 million, the company announced Monday that “World of Warcraft: Cataclysm” sold more than 3.3 million copies in its first 24 hours, making it the fastest-selling PC game of all time.

Those sales numbers surpass Activision’s previous PC sales champ, “World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King,” which sold 2.8 million copies in its first 24 hours.

“We had to bring Azeroth to the brink of destruction in ‘Cataclysm’, but the result was our best expansion yet,” Mike Morhaime, chief executive and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, said in a statement. “We want to thank all of our new, existing, and returning players throughout the world for their incredible enthusiasm and support, and we look forward to hearing what they think about all the new content.”

Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop, said the ‘Cataclysm’ release was bigger than “StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty,” another monster summer release from Blizzard.

In October, Blizzard Entertainment announced that its World of Warcraft subscriber base had grown to 12 million users, up from 11 million in October 2008.

I’m happy to say one of those sales was mine, and I’ve been loving the game. Then again, I love lots of games. Did you pick up Cataclysm on launch day or did you wait a bit? Let us know if you have it or are planning to find it under the tree this holiday season in the comments!

4 Comments so far

  1. Foxfier (unregistered) on December 14th, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

    Waiting until after the new year. Still annoyed about the lore stuff.

  2. Gamer417 (unregistered) on December 20th, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

    3.3M copies in 24 hours is absolutely crazy! :o

  3. Foxfier (unregistered) on December 20th, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

    The electronic pre-order probably accounted for a large chunk of those sales. Outstanding setup: let people buy it ahead of time, download it, and it goes live at a set time with no effort by the buyer.

    I’d love to see a breakdown of e-orders, mail orders and store orders…..

  4. Gamer417 (unregistered) on December 21st, 2010 @ 11:35 am

    Yeh me too. The fact you can often reserve them months in advance ensures so many quick sales instantly after launch as well I guess.

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