Diablo 3 Has Sold More Than 10 Million Copies; WoW Subs Down To 9.1 Million


Posted August 2, 2012 - By Leah Jackson

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Diablo 3 has sold more than 10 million copies according to Activision Blizzard. The action role-playing game was released on May 15 and quickly became the best-selling PC game of the year. On the other hand, Blizzard's also announced that their massively multiplayer role-playing game. World of Warcraft. has lost a number of subscribers. The numbers are down from 10.2 million in Q3 2011 to 9.1 million and according to the company, most of the lost subs were from Asian territories. 

“For the first six months [of 2012], we had the top three best-selling games in North America and Europe with Activision Publishing’s Skylanders Spyro’s Adventures and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and Blizzard Entertainment’s record setting Diablo III,” said Activision CEO Bobby Kotick.

Blizzard's Mike Morhaime had a positive attitude as well. He said that even though subscriptions are down, Q2 was still the “best Q2 ever” for Blizzard, and that pre-orders for World of Warcraft: Mist of Pandaria are “off to a good start.”  He also mentioned the opening cinematic of MoP would be shown at gamescom 2012.

Even though Diablo 3 managed to sell well, revenues declined for Activision Blizzard year-over-year. The company reported a 45 percent decline in revenue, from $1.15 billion in Q2 2011 to $1.08 billion in 2012. Revenue from digital channels totaled $343 million and represented 32% of the company’s total revenues.

What do these numbers mean to you? Do you think World of Warcraft sales will go up after the release of Mists of Pandaria? Do you think that Diablo 3 earned all of its success? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Diablo 3 Has Sold More Than 10 Million Copies; WoW Subs Down To 9.1 Million


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