Irvine, Calif. – Video game publisher Activision (NASD: ATVI) announced
on Monday that "World of Warcraft: Cataclysm," the third expansion
for its massively multiplayer online roleplaying game, sold 3.3 million copies
during its first 24 hours of release — making it the fastest-selling PC game
of all time.
The previous record for single-day PC game sales was set in 2008
by this expansion’s predecessor, "World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich
The new expansion sales tally includes pre-orders; the game went on
sale simultaneously in North America, Argentina, Chile, Europe, Russia,
Southeast Asia, Australia and Taiwan on Dec. 7.
Blizzard, the game’s developer,
said 15,000 fans attended official launch events hosted by retail partners