Call Of Duty franchise tops $3 billion

November 29, 2009

Call Of Duty franchise tops $3 billionCall Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released earlier this month to both critical acclaim and fan anticipation. And it broke sales records, becoming the fastest-selling game of all time and beating the revenues of films and albums. The latest release of the series has also pushed the franchise over the $3 billion revenue figure.

The series is six years old, with the first Call Of Duty game being released in 2003. Activision claims that in that time 55 million copies of the games have been sold worldwide, which has generated more than $3 billion in global revenues. CEO Bobby Kotick bragged:

[It's one of the] greatest entertainment franchises of all time. If you consider the number of hours our audiences are engaged in playing ‘Call of Duty’ games, it is likely to be one of the most viewed of all entertainment experiences in modern history.

What’s sad is that the $3 billion isn’t enough for Activision and the company is looking at ways of wringing even more money out of he pockets of loyal gamers in years to come. And I thought EA was purely focused on profit.

34 Responses to “Call Of Duty franchise tops $3 billion”

  1. Rhino:

    Shame that’s not all it will be famous for.

  2. phranctoast:

    I know a story about it will pop up real soon on this site, but Amazon has some pretty decent cyber Monday deals.

    This includes Uncharted 2 for $40, L4d2 for $38.00, and Dragons Age :O for $40.00

  3. Barnabe Jones:

    Phranc,

    Amazon has had some great deals going since Thursday. I’m amazed that they have so many new games for so cheap.

    btw.. I ordered 2 copies of Dragon Age for $35 on Thursday. I choose the free shipping option (5-10 days). And my order arrived on Saturday morning.

    On topic:

    AC2 should be the game with the biggest opening in entertainment history and topping 3 billion.

    The fact the Medal of Honor is selling so well, is about as fair as the Wii’s sales history.

  4. Roca.:

    BJ,

    I bought Dragon Age from Best buy for $35. (if only you could co-op on this game)

    CoD will always sell in the billions because they produced the “first” good FPS this gen….so most ppl will just stick with that franchise because they got use to it. they play other FPSs (ex KZ2, halo) but in the end they will always go back to CoD. Activision knows this so they will keep making CoD games on a Madden-basis (every year)

  5. Barnabe Jones:

    I guess we’ll have to wait for white knight.

    I’m not opening Dragon Age until I beat AC2 though. I’m guessing I’m probably more than 75% done.

  6. Barnabe Jones:

    Remember Roca,

    Don’t let that elf talk you into doing something you’ll regret later ;)

    Seriously though.. my guys doesn’t have to get gay with the elves, right?

  7. Barnabe Jones:

    *my guy…

  8. Roca.:

    im not opening it until im done with GoW2, R+C and AC2

  9. phranctoast:

    Elves are like woman anyway. ;)

  10. Barnabe Jones:

    I can’t help but to laugh at the thought of the uncomfortable moments that must have caused.

    Imagine your father/mother/son/daughter walking in on you riding Zanler the elf doggy style. lmao.

  11. kev:

    congrats, activision.

    great game.

  12. phranctoast:

    Squeal life an elf boy.

  13. Barnabe Jones:

    :)

  14. JofaMang:

    Hahahah

  15. Saber_HAHAha:

    It’s a good thing that gaming companies are rapidly growing. Makes way for more innovation and better games (as long as you avoid a monopoly). The bad thing is that Activision has to act like this. I don’t blame them. Trust me, your shareholders can never get enough money. At least the Call of Duty games are extremely good. Sets up some competition. Now all new FPS franchises need to try and top COD.

    It’s always good to have awesome game which aren’t a monopoly. It was like Guitar Hero. If Rock Band didn’t come into play, there would be no drums, and probably a lot less features. It’s like what Madden will be once the contract expires. A strayed off there, but top games need to be at the top and shit games need to be on the bottom. Games better than the top games need to prove themselves and work the series upwards. All is good.

  16. twilight:

    It looks like another franchise that will be milked over and over.

  17. ncaissie:

    “Imagine your father/mother/son/daughter walking in on you riding Zanler the elf doggy style. lmao.”

    LOL yeah that would be funny.

  18. Roca.:

    ncaissie….you really never turn you PS3 off?
    you’re always on 24/7

  19. ncaissie:

    LOL yeah.
    It is the one in my room. It is connected to my projector. I leave it on so it can download games in the background and I’m not good at saving energy. LOL

    I need more time for GOW. I’m stuck at Pandora’s Temple fighting the three big guys.
    Every time I start I have to go do something and go back to my last save point. Man I love this game.
    I wish Sony would make it so you could sync you game saves on a LAN with more than one PS3.

  20. ncaissie:

    Hey Dave are you ever going to change the poll?

  21. ncaissie:

    Wouldn’t it be cool if you could upload your game saves then download them when you sign in to any other PS3 or 360?

  22. Roca.:

    “I wish Sony would make it so you could sync you game saves on a LAN with more than one PS3.”

    you can do it via a USB drive

  23. Barnabe Jones:

    Yeah you can pretty much copy any game except for Capcom’s.

    Some games that have an online portion require that you log in to your PSN account, which you can do on any console.

  24. ToshithegreaT:

    “CoD will always sell in the billions because they produced the “first” good FPS this gen”

    I agree, call of duty 2 was amazing as a launch title for 360 ;)

  25. ToshithegreaT:

    “I’m not opening Dragon Age until I beat AC2 though. I’m guessing I’m probably more than 75% done.”

    same here..

  26. ToshithegreaT:

    “I’m not opening Dragon Age until I beat AC2 though”

    :)

  27. Dave Parrack:

    ncaissie, good spot on the poll… watch this space.

  28. Rhino:

    I’m not voting for MW2, fucking hacked piece of shit. And yes I bought it for the PC and regretting it.

  29. Roca.:

    “I’m not voting for MW2, fucking hacked piece of shit. And yes I bought it for the PC and regretting it”

    did you pay the extra cash for it too? ;)

  30. ncaissie:

    “you can do it via a USB drive”
    USB is a pain in the arse when you have to warm up a projector to get the saves off one.
    Specially if someone is sleeping there.

  31. Roca.:

    you can also do it via PSP – remote play :D

    I believed you can either stream the save file and save it onto you PSP memory stick or copy the file onto the USB drive (if there is any plugged into the PS3)

  32. SW:

    @Rhino – Traitor to the cause.

    I shake my head at thee!!!one ;)

    (but seriously, what were you thinking?!)

  33. Rhino:

    @Roca, no I got it for $79 here in Brisbane. Was no way I was paying more than that for it.

    @SW I know, I know, but it was COD!!!!! I’ve played and enjoyed every single version of it (though was a little luke warm about WaW) So I was really looking forward to it. I tried looking past all the negatives that I read about it, but in the end I was just ripped off.

    Never buy another COD game again.

  34. JofaMang:

    Don’t worry, there are 5000 sheep for every person who realized that COD is an EA sports milk franchise. IW/Activision will still pay out their huge bonuses for a job not done!

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