Blizzard unveils Diablo III infographic

Internal statistics reveal players have spent 2.8 billion hours playing Blizzard's action role-playing game.

More than a year after the release of Diablo III, developer Blizzard has released an infographic showing statistics for the title.

Despite criticisms, Diablo III's stats boast huge numbers.

So far, players have spent over 930 years of real-world time in Diablo III. The highest number of daily players since launch has been 5.8 million, while the game averages 2.1 million players each day.

The total number of hours played for the game has passed 2.8 billion, with an average of 8.2 million played per day. 67.1 million characters have been created worldwide since launch, with only nine percent made up of Hardcore mode characters. The most popular character choice was the demon hunter, followed by the wizard, the barbarian, the monk, and the witch doctor.

For more information, and to view the entire chart, check out the Blizzard website.

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linas3000e
linas3000e

Geez,  what are they going to do next, develop a gaming couch? Because it looks like their priorities are way off. When developers start talking about feelings, intimacy, sharing or how things are "super cool", you know that the game has problems. And in this case it's obvious. I wish someone would slap them all in the face. For their own good. Because the sooner they see that they are only BSing themselves, the better. I don't want to see Blizzard jump the shark.

PCsama
PCsama

i played Diablo3 since it came out most of my playing was been logoed off or lost the connection with the battle net server or just having a little problem with foes stopped fighting suddenly and then your hero dies by a tiny foe

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

Ah Activision....

Tony Hawk's World of Diablo 3...

Beat Game, get  gold magic find gear somehow, be it find it (good luck... you'll need it.)
Barter for it/trade for it in the AH...(It will be overpriced) or... Buy it from the RMAH or an online item site... 
Use overpowered skill based leveled character with subpar gear with item/gold find...kill same stuff repeatedly... find 2-3 things...OR BETTER YET...download a bot from www.edgeofnowhere.cc and find it all and sell sell sell, and make new char based off of those 2-3 things (or if botting, everything)... Buy rest from AH/RMAH/item site (If botting, ignore this step)... talk smack you have best wizbarb in all creation(If botting, you may have this title).... get killed by some guy with hacks... feel small/dumb(botting or not..this will happen).... or...be the guy with items AND hacks(Botters..pay attention)... kill others... feel big/skilled because you used a program to kill other players. (Botters..you won the game here too!)
At least those parts hold true to Diablo 1+2's legacy.
Almost forgot... most importantly, Eat Hot Pocket...
(Botters, eat two and call blizzard in the morning asking why your serial key is disabled)

Bought game day after release, waited a week to install, beat game, played through nm/hell..
Removed serial key from box....returned to Walmart...

Odd note, I am a statistic, I've actually legitimately farmed over 14M gold...
(I never botted D3...I have better stuff to do...like play Diablo 2)
I haven't played D3 since they put ubers into the game... I played a bit...stopped... played after they added MP, They tossed Ubers in...quit...
Was an O.K. game first walk through of norm... Not worth all of those hours though.
Story wasn't as good as D2's (Or D1's for the matter.), Graphics look like WoW... (Thanks Jay Wilson for half-assing our game) Combat system was so-so... Music was good at least, but that's a given...2 things you can count on with blizzard/activision...music and cutscenes are top-notch. (look? I said something positive about the game/s)
Random bs post..pay no mind/carry on.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

This graphic lies.  How much of that gold was BOUGHT on the Real Money Auction House, not "found on the ground"?  Not to mention the people that are bots, and people who got banned and had to re-buy the game.  Don't believe Blizzard, they're bulls**ting you.

TheLeftHandDoom
TheLeftHandDoom

1. bots 2.5 billion hours.

2. Kripp .2 billion hours. 

3. everyone else .1 billion hours.

SpardisJX
SpardisJX

I'll take "Things No One Cares About" for $400 please...

Kezzy123
Kezzy123

Internal statistics reveal players* have spent 2.8 billion hours playing Blizzard's action RPG.
Internal statistics reveal bots have spent 2 billion hours playing Blizzard's action RPG.
Internal statistics reveal players have spent 0.6 billion hours playing Blizzard's Auction house RPG.
Internal statistics reveal players have spent 0.2 billion hours playing Blizzard's action RPG.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Where's the graphic itself????

Igal-Ze
Igal-Ze

1.2 billion of those hours were spent on reading "server maintenance" messages.

ecs33
ecs33

My problem with D3 was that, once you had every class level capped, all that was left was grinding for boring items! D2 has infinitely more replayability and atmosphere. 

ecs33
ecs33

lol..I wonder how many of these hours were bots?

shanoobergloobe
shanoobergloobe

how is this possible!? how can ppl still play the same shit over and over when it only took about 15 hours to beat the entire game?!?!?!?


i say bullshit!

SY_shoot
SY_shoot

I kinda wanna install D3 again and check out these new patches they added...

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

Worst waste of 930 years worth of PC operating electricity.

Skkyzz
Skkyzz

Diablo III is a great game, and i´ve been playing it for a while, and i still dont understand all those bad critics about the game ... i guess everyone just follow´d the wave, withour even looking at the bright sides.

sweet_jcs
sweet_jcs

Did they add multiplayer yet?

PsychoCrushor
PsychoCrushor

Cool figures, bro. Still don't want to play it.

Goron24
Goron24

Great statistic. Imagine what it would look like if the game were good...

Heavenly_King
Heavenly_King

14.5M is an impressive number.  I hope that the expansion is great.  And the PS version has easy trophies :D

grnsuperman4
grnsuperman4

Blizzard gave this game away for FREE to World of Warcraft players who signed up for a year of WoW. So how many of those players actually paid for the game? Not hard to have big numbers if you GIVE THE GAME AWAY.

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

I Wonder how many millions of those are bots.

krystyla
krystyla

now lets subtract bots and we would have the actual quite a bit lower playtime

heat_masheet
heat_masheet

wow more trivia answers to questions no one is asking.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Diablo 3 might be a great success according to these numbers, but that doesn't mean we, the loud minority, can't complain about it anyway :P. I've got no connection problems, but my backlog puts me in 2007 and always-online games except MMO's were unheard of back then, so I'm just gonna pretend like they don't exist until I've finished off enough games to get to that time period. 

I love Diablo 2 and have long searched for a good replacement, but haven't found any that could rival it. Well, I'm a bit comfortable with knowing all about Diablo 2 and thus wary of new games, the same reason some continue to play WoW after it gets stale. I still play Diablo 2 and am far from finished with it, but I also look to forward to seeing how Grim Dawn plays. That game seems the most Diablo-like in a good way from all Diablo clones present.

blackothh
blackothh

we are busy bashing microsoft, we dont have time for you

but how many of those stats are from gold farmers?

Xethrayne
Xethrayne

I've spent more time in Diablo II then I ever will in Diablo III

vbritez20
vbritez20

got this game for free so no complains from me, I like it and play it from time to time, think that what made people really talk bad of this game was the always online for single player mode the other stuff just add more to it like you don't have points to distribute or build your character (dex, stam, mp, etc), no horadric cube, no books or scrolls to find, they could add so much more really lol, but I like what I got for free XD

alucardswrath
alucardswrath

They seem to always forget to add how many of those "players" are the bots. Statistics that favor for them to look "good" are the only times bots are welcomed. Also the gold that was made in the game is more thanks to gold sellers. BS chart IMO.

heat_masheet
heat_masheet

@VarietyMage by their count, on average every individual character has(and/or spent) almost 10 million gold. dunno if I believe that! not even 1% of the money came from questing, that means it's from farming and grinding gold. Not a fun game imo.

atopp399
atopp399

@SY_shoot Make sure you install it to an SD card or your game will stutter...

heat_masheet
heat_masheet

@Ultramarinus yep. in 930 years, we could have designed a habitat for colonies living on the moon. lol 

Chronoslayer
Chronoslayer

I think what sg_hobbes mentioned is what's behind most of the complaints about the content of the game. People wanted more of what was in Diablo II, and were upset to see it removed. I had no attachment at all Diablo II, and I found alot to like in DIII (once I was finally able to connect to it, anyway). I also find myself wondering, "Why don't people just enjoy bashing monsters with all those fun spells/moves and pretty graphics, and badass cutscenes?" They would, I think, if they weren't so attached to DII and wanting more.

sg_hobbes
sg_hobbes

@Skkyzz it is it has an interesting story and great mechanics. the problem is they iterated on a almost 20 year old design and removed alot of the things that made diablo II so much fun. fully random maps for instance. half way through my second playthrough i relized that i was running through the exact same area i ran through the first time. Maybe i'll play it again in 4 years, if i can blizzard may have closed the servers by then due to lack of activity

StickyJr1
StickyJr1

@grnsuperman4 'Free' is a relative term.  If you were running a company, would you rather get $60 once, or between $160 and $180 guarranteed over the course of a year?

It made fiscal sense for Blizzard to offer Diablo III in that manner.  Just imagine how many of those subscriptions were from dormant accounts or for accounts that were going to go dormant during that year.

Exquisite
Exquisite

@blackothh I'm gonna say pretty close to 100%, since farm gold is pretty much all you do.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

@heat_masheet I didn't make that much in the short time I played.  I only spent maybe 200K of gold on the AH, and that was it.  By that time I had died enough times due to net lag (main reason) and lack of decent item drops in Hell / Inferno that I quit playing.  And you're right, it wasn't fun.  It certainly is not a Diablo game, by any standard.  Diablo 3 is as different from Diablo 2 as AD&D 4th edition is different from AD&D 3 / 3.5 edition (i.e., they severely gimped player choice, changed the universe and ruined the combat system).

SpardisJX
SpardisJX

@azazelis @SpardisJX Ooooooo how clever of you, round of applause for you sir.   If only I could match your wit, oh wonderful my life would be...

H0RSE
H0RSE

@Chronoslayer Yes, sadly, players tend to want more of the same, regardless how much they say otherwise. They also tend to have a hard time judging franchise games on its own merits, and instead tend to always compare it to other releases in the series. 

I played D2 heavily for many years, and I can see where D3 falls flat, but it is nowhere near as bad as a number of people claim it to be. I still find it to be a fun game, mainly because I don't play it wishing it was something else - I except what it is and go with it.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

@Chronoslayer Not with the net lag killing me every few minutes, forcing me to pay the Diablo 3 Death Tax, which I end up bankrupt over, because I can't get good enough loot from the monsters I kill, in order to make enough gold to pay for my constant always-on-internet-induced resurrection services.  Thus, I am forced to use the Auction House to get decent enough equipment in order to survive each successive tier.

I didn't have this problem in Diablo 2, I had tons of money playing single-player, never needing to use network games, and I could gamble better items if I didn't feel like grinding.  Even when I grinded, I almost never died - there's no net lag in single-player offline.  I had skill trees that allowed for customization, I had randomly-generated levels, I had up to 15 - 20 monsters chasing me on a lot of screens, I was powerful enough to handle almost any creature using skill and changing elemental skills/equipment.  I could get set items on a fairly regular basis (even if they didn't match up).  The game was so well-balanced that I'm still playing it 12 years later.  None of this happened in Diablo 3, and when the servers get turned off, no one will ever play it again.  I'll STILL be playing Diablo 2.  I wanted D3 to be like D2.  It never will be, and I will always want another Diablo game that's like D2.

H0RSE
H0RSE

@StickyJr1 I was just gonna say that - nothing was actually "given" away...

H0RSE
H0RSE

@Goron24 @Hurvl  

Path of Exile can be fun, but I'm not a fan of the aesthetic - it gets boring and stale.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Goron24 Well, I don't like that it's F2P, so that makes Grim Dawn seem better. I know that it probably will be far from the awful pay-to-win F2P games that miscredit the term F2P, but I only play singleplayer games where you can access everything for a one-time payment. There were hardly any F2P games in 2007 either, so it'll take some time before I try any of them out. I'm not short on games, so anything that doesn't fit my preferences will have to take a number and stand at the end of the line.

thedarkwolf666
thedarkwolf666

@Hurvl @Goron24  

Grim Dawn is extremely solid for a six man team and an alpha build. And Path of Exile is truly free. Everything that you can pay for is entirely optional. Cosmetic item/skill effects, and extra stash tabs. I've never filled my initial stash tab, and you get several for free.