StarCraft 2 Sells 1 Million on Launch Day, Declared 'Biggest PC Game Launch of the Year'

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty sold over one million copies on its launch day last week, developer Blizzard boasted today, declaring it the "biggest PC game launch of the year."


Passing the million mark made SC2 "the best-selling PC game of 2010 within its first 24 hours of availability," says Blizzard. Going on to sell over 1.5 million units total in the first 48 hours apparently broke "the record for fastest-selling strategy game of all time."

"We launched StarCraft II in 11 different languages and on 5 different continents because we wanted to make sure as many players as possible were able to log on and play on day one," said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime. "We're pleased that so many people around the world have already picked up a copy of the game, and we look forward to welcoming even more players to Battle.net in the weeks and months ahead."

"StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is officially GameStop's fastest-selling PC game since Blizzard launched World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King in 2008," the retailer's senior VP of merchandising, Bob McKenzie, added in the announcement.

Unsurprisingly, industry analysts speculate that StarCraft II will sell by the bucketload. Several are predicting sales figures pushing six million units by the end of 2010. In the UK, the real-time strategy sequel has already surpassed the original's lifetime sales.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty was released for PC and Mac on July 27. If you've yet to bite yet, check out our review. If you're struggling with your first steps on the rungs of the multiplayer ladder, our Brian has a few handy tips for you.