EA has come out with the initial sales figures for Spore, the company’s much-lauded evolution game, and the numbers are quite impressive. Turns out that since the game’s September 7 release, over 1 million
copies have been sold and players have uploaded more than 25 million creatures. The figure counts the Windows PC, Mac, and Nintendo DS versions of the game, leaving out the mobile and iPhone versions.
This is especially important for EA, given the recent controversy surrounding its DRM restrictions – which supposedly led thousands of potential customers to download the game
illegally from file sharing networks – and a related class-action lawsuit
filed by disgruntled Spore owners. Unfortunately for customers, it will probably also mean that we’ll continue to see these controversial DRM schemes applied in future games from EA. The big question, then, is whether Spore can continue to sell over time and prove the hype was justified.