As gamers grabbed Blizzard’s latest Diablo III game, majority of these individuals were so ecstatic that they’ve decided to abandon the company’s previous money making baby, World of Warcraft.
In a report by Forbes, Xfire said that the World of Warcraft has seen a major drop of players since Diablo III was released. They also added that World of Warcraft now only has one-quarter of the player base they once had.
While World of Warcraft is having difficulties, League of Legends and Star Wars the Old Republic seems to combat the Diablo III menace quit well. Though the two games have seen a drop in play time and players, League of Legends has only seen a small dip in user numbers and hours played while Star Wars has seen a downward trend ever since its launch.
President of Xfire Mark Donovan said, “We were surprised by just how quickly Diablo III shot up and how many minutes people are playing it. 35,000 Xfire players are playing 10 million minutes per day. We haven’t had that since World of Warcraft launched. We’re seeing our users uploading 3,000 to 3,500 screenshots a day from Diablo III, primarily from the US.”
As expected, Activision Blizzard’s new Diablo III became the fastest selling PC game ever, as they sold 3.5 million units in the first 24 hours after the game was released.
Though the rate eventually fell, as Blizzard’s first week figures was pegged at 6.3 million units, still the game took the world of PC games like a storm. It seemed like a tsunami, like tidal wave hit the gamers world.
These figures do not include those who have World of Warcraft Annual Pass who got a copy of Diablo III for free. If we include them in the tally, the first day total would end up at 4.7 million individuals playing the game last May 15.
Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said, “We’re definitely thrilled that so many people around the world were excited to pick up their copy of Diablo III and jump in the moment it went live.”
“We also regret that our preparations were not enough to ensure everyone had a seamless experience when they did so. I want to reaffirm our commitment to make sure the millions of Diablo III players out there have a great experience with the game moving forward, and I also want to thank them for their ongoing support,” he added.