``Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne'' Sells Over 1 Million Copies; Blizzard Entertainment's Latest Expansion Set Becomes the Company's Eighth #1-Selling Game

IRVINE, Calif.--()--Aug. 14, 2003--Blizzard Entertainment(R) announced today that "Warcraft(R) III: The Frozen Throne(TM)" has surpassed 1 million units sold worldwide, according to EDI sell-through, internal company estimates, and reports from key retail accounts around the world. Following in the tradition of previous Blizzard games, "Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne" is now the eighth Blizzard product to sell 1 million copies and also to reach #1 in U.S. sales. The game, which began shipping on July 1, is topping PC sales charts in North America, Europe, and Asia.

"We are very excited about the worldwide demand for 'Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne,'" stated Mike Morhaime, Blizzard Entertainment president and co-founder. "We put a lot of effort into giving players more of everything that 'Warcraft(R) III: Reign of Chaos(TM)' offered, in addition to a host of new features, and the expansion set's popularity tells us that our long hours and hard work have paid off."

"'Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne' is one of the largest PC expansion set releases for us since 'Diablo II: Lord of Destruction' in June 2001. We had high expectations for 'The Frozen Throne,' and it's turned out to be a solid hit," stated Bob McKenzie, director of merchandising for GameStop, Babbages, Software Etc., and FuncoLand. "From what we've seen with previous 'Warcraft' products and other Blizzard games, we expect 'Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne' to remain on the top-10 lists for some time to come."

"Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne" provides gamers with a vast new chapter in the epic 'Warcraft' saga. In the single-player campaigns, players revisit the war-torn world of Azeroth. Several months have passed since Archimonde and the Burning Legion were defeated at the battle of Mount Hyjal, but now a new evil threatens to plunge Azeroth into darkness once again.

"Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne" expands on every aspect of "Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos," with new Heroes, monsters, magical items, merchant shops, tilesets, over 20 new missions for the single-player campaigns, a bonus RPG-style mini-campaign, and an enhanced user interface designed to give players more control than ever before. Players will also be pleased to find that each army has been bolstered with powerful new units that add even more depth and strategic elements to the "Warcraft III" experience. Expanded multiplayer options include support for automated tournaments, extensive clan support, and many new maps to explore and do battle on. The game's powerful World Editor has also received significant enhancements, including the ability to link maps together to create custom campaigns.

"Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne" brings all of these new features and enhancements to the fastest-selling PC game ever(a), "Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos." To date, "Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos" has sold well over 3 million copies worldwide(a). "Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne" is available at retail chains worldwide for Windows(R) 98/ME/2000/XP and Macintosh(R) formats, at a price of approximately $35.00. The game is also available directly from Blizzard at 800-953-SNOW and www.blizzard.com. "Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne" has received a Teen rating from the ESRB.

Since its debut in 1994, the #1-selling "Warcraft" series has won industry acclaim and has shattered sales records worldwide with over eight million copies sold. In 1995, Blizzard followed the well-received "Warcraft: Orcs and Humans(TM)" with the critically acclaimed "Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness(TM)," which won multiple Game of the Year awards and is still considered by many critics to be one of the best games ever made. In 2002, Blizzard expanded the boundaries of the epic "Warcraft" universe with the release of "Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos(TM)." This third chapter in the legendary saga quickly reached the #1 position on sales charts around the world and has since garnered numerous Game of the Year awards.

Best known for blockbuster hits including the "Warcraft" series, "StarCraft(R)," and the "Diablo(R)" series, Blizzard Entertainment (www.blizzard.com), a division of Vivendi Universal Games, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard's track record includes eight #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's free Internet gaming service Battle.net(R) reigns as the largest in the world, with millions of active users.

(a)Based on EDI sell-through, internal company records, and reports from key distribution partners around the world.

Contacts

Blizzard Entertainment
Lisa Bucek, 949-854-6200
lbucek@blizzard.com
or
Gil Shif, 949-854-7200
gshif@blizzard.com
or
George Wang, 949-854-5100
gwang@blizzard.com

Contacts

Blizzard Entertainment
Lisa Bucek, 949-854-6200
lbucek@blizzard.com
or
Gil Shif, 949-854-7200
gshif@blizzard.com
or
George Wang, 949-854-5100
gwang@blizzard.com