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Diablo III was the biggest PC launch in history

by Bill Hess on May 23, 2012

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Apparently, Diablo III is extremely popular. That’s according to recent figures released by Blizzard that indicate the recent launch of the game as the biggest PC-launch of all time. Within the first 24-hours of Diablo III’s release, more than 3.5 million copies of the game had been sold, setting the new record for a PC-release.

Following up on the strong first day sales, the first week sales tally has grown to more than 6.3 million according to Blizzard, who says that this figure doesn’t factor in Korean players who are playing the game in popular “game-rooms”, where the title is also very popular.

“We also regret that our preparations were not enough to ensure everyone had a seamless experience when they logged in.”Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard had this to say about the recent release: Regarding today’s announcement, we recognize that setting a new launch record is a big achievement. We’re especially proud of the gameplay feedback that we’ve recieved from players worldwide. We’re pleased that Diablo III has lived up to players’ high expectations, and we’re looking forward to welcoming more players into Sanctuary in the days ahead.” “We also regret that our preparations were not enough to ensure everyone had a seamless experience when they logged in.”

Despite the commercial success that Blizzard and Activision have seen from the launch of Diablo III, the launch was somewhat marred with server errors for these millions of players trying to play the game at once. Since the release, Blizzard seems to have ironed out most of the kinks, but to do so, have taken the servers off-line multiple times. This downtime has been more pronounced in this release because of the constant connection required to play the game.

If you haven’t picked up Diablo III as of yet, you can check out our video review for our impressions. Though if you do, might we recommend adding a Battle.net authenticator to your account, so you don’t wind up like these guys.

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