Balatro made $1 million within hours of release

Image via LocalThunk/PlayStack.

Balatro, the hit roguelike deckbuilder, reportedly made $1 million in revenue eight hours after it came out.

Publisher Playstack broke the news to GamesIndustry , adding that the game became profitable an hour after release. Within three days of coming out, it’d sold 250,000 copies .

Suffice it to say, Balatro has exceeded the expectations of both its creator LocalThunk and Playstack. It currently stands as the fastest-selling game in the publisher’s eight-year history.

“Seeing so many people share and enjoy this odd creation has been incredibly overwhelming,” wrote LocalThunk. “I can’t thank the Balatro fans and Playstack enough for making this possible.”

Balatro offered a “rare privilege” Citing the industry’s tumultuous period, Playstack CEO Harvey Elliott noted the company has a “rare privilege” to recognize the game’s near-instant profitability.

“I cannot praise LocalThunk and the publishing team at Playstack enough for achieving such an impressive milestone,” he added. “We are floored by its success.”

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