Fri, Jul 23, 2010 | 21:37 BST
Analyst: StarCraft II sales could pull in $350M this year
Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey has predicted StarCraft II unit sales could reach 7 million during Blizzard’s current fiscal year, bringing in $350 million in sales and $171 million in operating profit.
Adding Korea into the mix, the game could generate 5.45 million active users during the first year of release, which is a conservative figure.
“We could be meaningfully under-appreciating the active player base in Korea, said Hickey. “Blizzard Entertainment Korea was rumored at a recent media event to comment that players in Korea have approached 11 million, suggesting an opportunity for performance in excess of our estimates (we have not been able to confirm commentary).”
StarCraft I sold over 9.5 million units worldwide during it’s lifetime, with 4.5 million of those units estimated to have sold in South Korea.
SCII: Wings of Liberty launches on Tuesday, and a cinematic trailer was released for it yesterday.
Gamespot also has 97 new shots you should check out here.