StarCraft II ships 3 million in first month

Thursday, 4th November 2010 22:25 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime has confirmed that StarCraft II shipped out 3 million units in its first month of release.

The game shipped on July 27 this year.

Development of StarCraft II was announced on May 19, 2007, at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in Seoul, South Korea. Work began on the game in 2003.

Two full-sized add-ons to the current Terran campaign – the Zerg-based Heart of the Swarm and Protoss adventure Legacy of the Void – are in the works and as yet undated.

Morhaime was speaking in a results call for Activision Blizzard’s third quarter, which showed greater-than-expected figures for both revenue and sales.



  1. Erthazus

    Actually i think this is disappointment for the franchise considering Blizzard fanbase.

    There was so much hype since it’s announcement. I think the problem is in the game and how it looks. Very polished game. I like it, but i don’t like that it is basically a big mod over Starcraft I with new units. Belts and whistles are awesome, but you could make them in the first game with patch.

    Even Brood War had more to offer than SCII.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Shokaku

    Yes very disappointment… Medal of Honor medium-quality game got 2mln copys in 1st month, wth??

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    @Shokaku, yeah you are right. Thats the whole point…

    #3 4 years ago
  4. dark_prince123

    @2 moh was released on 3 platforms and its a FPS game, SC 2 was released on one platform and its a RTS ( not so popular as RTS ) so 3 millions seems fair and it will keep selling

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    As far as hype goes, the release of this game was being viewed as a Halo or a CoD type event. 3 million is really good, but it should have done more.

    Oh well, i’m sure Blizzard are still happy. Considering what the average PC game sells these days, this is a massive success. Its just abit of a shame that its a success due to low sale standards on PC.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. mescalineeyes

    @1: That’s simply not true.

    In other news, this game is perfect, I hope GSL etc. will help it sell tons more.

    Ok enough chit chat back to :>

    #6 4 years ago
  7. SwiftRanger

    Lads, StarCraft II is the fastest selling RTS ever so try to place it in a bit of a context then, 3 million in one month is quite beefy and then those are just the retail sales, in Russia and most Asian countries they even have a subscription program for it.

    It’s a huge success, especially when you see how inaccessible (looking purely at the gameplay itself) it is online and how plain old it actually feels/plays for its genre (it’s polished retro material, period). Nobody expected it to be as massive as CoD. That would be a very unfair comparison (shooter vs strategy game, multiplatform vs PC/Mac, realistic vs sci-fi, etc.).

    StarCraft I also “only” did 9 million in its entire lifetime. Blizzard games got long legs, just like PC games in general.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Virginityrocks

    ^ Agreed. Whereas a console game ends up in a bargain bin after a few short months and ends up going completely forgotten after its first year, a PC game can have a lifespan of more than a decade. And is one of the reasons why PC gamers don’t buy as many games as console gamers do. We can be content with 1 or 2 games for many, many years if there is enough free content updates, custom maps and mods available, which is often the case.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    @ Virginityrocks, SwiftRanger i agree with you two. You are absolutely right about lifespan.

    But i still think it could do much better than 3 million. But content is incredible and i like that Blizzard makes custom modes. Really cool :)

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    Three million for a full-price, PC-exclusive RTS in one month is amazing. Also, it’ll keep selling forever.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. endgame

    “Three million for a full-price, PC-exclusive RTS in one month is amazing. Also, it’ll keep selling forever.” pretty much what I was about to say minus flaming the newbies. :)

    #11 4 years ago

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