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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Is the New Fastest Selling PC Game of All Time

Expectations were high for the third expansion to juggernaut World of Warcraft.  After all, with a player base clocking in at 12 million, you can expect a significant number of people to go out and buy the game within a short amount of time after its launch.

Turns out more than a third of World of Warcraft subscribers went out, buying up 3.3 million copies in the first twenty four hours of it being available.  Which means that Blizzard has, with an expansion pack, claimed the title of fastest selling PC game of all time… from itself.  The previous bestseller was, you guessed it, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, the second WoW expansion.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun doesn’t indicate whether this 3.3 million includes digital pre-orders, which were an available distribution method for the first time in WoW history.  So the number could potentially be bigger.  Or not, if their tip comes directly from Blizzard, who presumably know exactly how many copies were sold in every form.

Just like they know that I got to 85 in less than a week.

(via Rock, Paper, Shotgun.)

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