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StarCraft II Sells 1.5M In First 48 Hours

by Jeff Cork on Aug 03, 2010 at 04:40 AM

Unless you've been living under a bridge, you've probably been hearing a lot about this StarCraft II thing lately. As it turns out, not only have a lot of other people been hearing about it, but a pretty sizable chunk of the gaming population has been plunking down cash for the thing, too.

Activision Blizzard today released the preliminary sales figures for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, and it's kind of huge. In the first 48 hours alone, the game sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide, with more than 1 million of those sales occurring in the initial 24 hours of availability. According to Blizzard, that makes StarCraft II the fastest-selling strategy game of all time. It didn't hurt that more than 8,000 stores across the globe had midnight launches for the game.

Is it belittling StarCraft II to call it a game at this point? Should we be calling it a phenomenon, or would Mr. StarCraft II be acceptable?