Blizzard could sell 12 million units of its PC games next year, predicts Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter, who says the delay of StarCraft II will ultimately spell a stronger 2010 for the company.
In fact, Pachter says ultimately this number could be as high as 16 million units -- spelling revenues $400-$600 million higher than this year. He also expects the profitability of WoW in China to grow.
Blizzard is the MMO market's 800-pound gorilla, and at the one-year anniversary of its merger with Activision, it's become a major cornerstone of the publisher's strategy. At the core of Activision's decision to push StarCraft II into 2010 is the company's grand plan for the re-launch of the Battle.net service, with which the game's release will now coincide.