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Going...Going...Gone as in gone from the stores! Blizzard has released a press release saying how much copies of the games they sold, an amazing figure is 2.4 million copies of the game were sold in the first 24 hours of release that's just over half of what was sold in the first month which were 4 million, so the hardcore players were the first to get the game then everyone else bought a copy because it was just so good! Also the official WoW Subscriber base has just reached 11.5 million which is about a sixth of the population of the United Kingdom! Here is the official press release:
WORLD OF WARCRAFTÂ® SUBSCRIBER BASE REACHES 11.5 MILLION WORLDWIDE
Wrath of the Lich Kingâ„¢ expansion fuels growth with record first-month sales of more than 4 million
IRVINE, Calif. - December 23, 2008 - Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that World of WarcraftÂ®, its award-winning subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, is now played by more than 11.5 million subscribers worldwide. This new high was reached following the November 13 release of the gameâ€™s second expansion, Wrath of the Lich Kingâ„¢.
Within its first 24 hours of availability, Wrath of the Lich King sold more than 2.8 million copies, making it the fastest-selling PC game of all time. In addition to winning a number of editorâ€™s choice awards from major gaming publications, the expansion has now gone on to sell more than 4 million copies in its first month, setting a new record for monthly PC-game sales. Both sales records were previously held by World of Warcraft's first expansion, The Burning Crusade.
â€œWeâ€™re pleased to welcome the new and returning players who have helped World of Warcraft reach these new milestones, and we appreciate the enthusiasm and support that the gameâ€™s global community has continued to show,â€ said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. â€œWe look forward to providing all of them with an excellent entertainment experience for a long time to come.â€
â€œNot only is Wrath of the Lich King still doing well, the base World of Warcraft game and the World of Warcraft Battle ChestÂ® are performing better than last year,â€ said Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. â€œThat type of traction is very impressive for a game that is going into its fifth holiday season and speaks to the enthusiastic player base Blizzard Entertainment products have.â€
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