StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm sells 1.1 million copies in 48 hours

We knew StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm would be a hot commodity when it was released, given its near fanatical multiplayer and eSports following. Blizzard confirmed just how hot the title was today, announcing that the game had sold about 1.1 million copies in the first 48 hour hours.

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We knew StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm would be a hot commodity when it was released, given its near fanatical multiplayer and eSports following. Blizzard confirmed just how hot the title was today, announcing that the game had sold about 1.1 million copies in the first 48 hours.

"We want to thank the global StarCraft community for the incredible passion and support they've shown for Heart of the Swarm," Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, said in a release. "In addition to a brand-new single-player campaign, we added a ton of enhancements with this expansion to make StarCraft II even more fun to play, and more exciting to watch. We're pleased to see gamers and eSports fans around the world enjoying Heart of the Swarm."

Of course, Blizzard is no stranger to big sellers. Just last year, Diablo 3 sold 3.5 million copies within 24 hours of its release in May, and World of WarCraft: Mists of Pandaria sold 2.7 million within the first week of it hitting shelves in September.

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    March 21, 2013 12:15 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm sells 1.1 million copies in 48 hours.

    We knew StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm would be a hot commodity when it was released, given its near fanatical multiplayer and eSports following. Blizzard confirmed just how hot the title was today, announcing that the game had sold about 1.1 million copies in the first 48 hour hours.

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      March 21, 2013 12:16 PM

      "hour hours"

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        March 21, 2013 12:20 PM

        Hour hours, not Valve hours or Blizzard hours.

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      March 21, 2013 12:40 PM

      What did Sim City sell in the same time frame? EA needs to sit back and learn a thing or two from Blizzard.

      Congrats to Blizz for SC2! I'll be picking mine up at Target for their buy 2 get 1 free deal. :D

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      March 21, 2013 1:34 PM

      So an expansion that requires the base game to play sells what SinCity5 sold in 2 weeks, in 2 days. Nice job, SimCity 5.

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        March 21, 2013 1:52 PM

        HOTS does not require WoL

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          March 21, 2013 1:53 PM

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            March 21, 2013 2:04 PM

            Whoa seriously? A) I had no idea, B) This number is way better now.

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              March 21, 2013 7:24 PM

              Yeah, it's a $40 expansion. They probably could have made it standalone but from the start when they said they weren't including Zerg and Protoss campaigns in base Starcraft 2, they said those would be expansion priced and require the first game.

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                March 21, 2013 7:59 PM

                you can snap WoL + HotS for 60$ on the blizz store

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        March 21, 2013 3:02 PM

        Super smooth launch too. Right after midnight you could play the game with no fuss or problem, really good

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          March 21, 2013 7:08 PM

          I think its their best launch post WOW, yet.

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          March 21, 2013 9:08 PM

          I was shocked at how good of a launch it was. I guess they're used to doing them by now.

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          March 21, 2013 9:16 PM

          Yeah good point. Fantastic launch

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          March 21, 2013 9:55 PM

          Why would there be fuss? Almost every player already has an account. They probably only got a fairly minor spike in the number of players.

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            March 21, 2013 10:32 PM

            Because the problem isn't the number of accounts, it's the number of accounts all wanting to play *RIGHT NOW*

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          March 21, 2013 10:02 PM

          Seriously, there was no problem right after it went live. Pretty awesome.

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      March 21, 2013 1:38 PM

      not inclusive of preorders?

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      March 21, 2013 7:11 PM

      I was very skeptical, but I must say they did alright with this expansion. Multiplayer is more fun, so that's a big deal.

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      March 21, 2013 7:29 PM

      You rock Activision-Blizzard.... what other games company can constantly say at every release they have that they sold over a million copies in just a few hours? Still, the faster you climb--the harder you fall.

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      March 21, 2013 9:11 PM

      I've been playing sc2 constantly for the past 2-3 months, Hots is only making this even better

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      March 21, 2013 10:07 PM

      game fucking owns

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      March 21, 2013 10:10 PM

      Tip> For those who love Starcraft like me but don't have the time or desire to actually play it, you can watch all the mission play through along with in-game cut scenes / story-lines on HuskyStarcraft on Youtube.

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        March 21, 2013 10:11 PM

        Does he keep his mouth shut or talk?

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