IRVINE, Calif., June 25, 1997 — Blizzard Entertainment announced today that 13 million games of Diablo have been played over Battle.net since the game’s release in January. More than 700,000 registered users have played Diablo on Battle.net, making it the largest on-line gaming service in the world.
Additionally, according to PC Data’s latest figures, Diablo remains the number-one selling game for the fourth consecutive month and is the best selling game year-to-date. Worldwide, the game has sold-through more than 750,000 copies.
“We are thrilled with Diablo’s tremendous success, and the popularity of Battle.net has surpassed all our expectations,” said Allen Adham, president and founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “By creating an online community for Diablo, we have really struck a chord with gamers. Diablo fans log on to Battle.net not only to play the game, but also to meet and share gaming experiences with others players online.”
Diablo transports players to a medieval village plagued with evil and darkness. As the central character in Diablo, players explore a dungeon hidden beneath a desecrated church in their village. As players encounter 16 levels filled with corridors, traps, weapons, magical items and demonic creatures, the truth about the evil force that decimated the village begins to unravel.
Diablo is available immediately in Windows 95 CD-ROM format at most computer and software retail chains nationwide for approximately $50. This game, as well as other Blizzard titles, is distributed by CUC Software. Diablo is also offered directly from Blizzard at (800) 953-SNOW.
About Blizzard Entertainment
Best known for blockbuster hits including the Warcraft ® series, Starcraft™ and Diablo™, Blizzard Entertainment® (www.blizzard.com) is a premier publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard’s track record includes three consecutive number-one selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s free Internet gaming service Battle.net reigns as the largest in the world with millions of unique users.
PC Data is the Reston, VA-based market research company that reports actual sell-through statistics for software in a wide range of categories.