Activison Sold More Than $1 Billion Of Call Of Duty: Ghosts Into Retail Stores


Activision Publishing announced today that the company sold more than $1 billion of Call of Duty: Ghosts into retail stores worldwide as of day one.

“Call of Duty is by far the largest console franchise of this generation,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “More people have played Call of Duty this year than ever before, logging four billion hours of gameplay. And in the last 12 months, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, including its digital content, generated more revenues than any other console game ever has in a single year. Although it is too early to assess sell-through for Call of Duty: Ghosts, it’s launching at a time when the franchise has never been more popular.”

Millions of people are already playing Call of Duty: Ghosts online. Since its release yesterday, Call of Duty: Ghosts has moved to the #1 spot as the most played game on Xbox Live, according to Microsoft. Additionally, Activision confirmed that on the Xbox 360 videogames and entertainment system from Microsoft, average player sessions for Ghosts have been longer than either Black Ops II or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, during the same time period.

Call of Duty: Ghosts launched at 15,000 midnight openings around the world. Fans around the world shared their excitement in social media, with Call of Duty-related terms trending an astounding 20 times globally on Twitter in the last 24 hours.

“Ghosts is an amazing game which ushers in the next generation of Call of Duty. The team at Infinity Ward has delivered yet another epic thrill ride in the campaign, and what I think is our best multiplayer game yet,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “This is the must have launch title for the next generation of consoles, and we expect Call of Duty: Ghosts to be the most successful launch title for the Xbox One and PS4 by a wide margin. In fact, according to GameStop, Call of Duty: Ghosts is their most pre-reserved next gen title.”


      1. Note that they said “sold into retail stores”. That means they made $1,000,000,000 through shipping the game into stores, not from copies sold. GTA V sold $800,000,000 into stores on day 1.

        1. They ain’t gonna beat GTA5. They already have it made. This is the closest that gay ass rehash game has come to cheat that fame again. They only sold loads because there’s a bunch of morons out there in the world who can’t think logically anymore.

          1. I don’t get why everyone hates CoD. For an FPS game, it’s not bad. I just wish that they could tone it down to an E-10 or something so that I could buy it. Otherwise, it’s just too hardcore for me at the moment

      2. No they didn’t make that in sales they only sent out 1 billion dollars in games that are still sitting on the shelves lol

      3. Clearly they didn’t if you learned how to read the headlines clearly: SOLD $1 BILLION INTO RETAIL.

        They never said anything about how many copies and how fast they sold Call of Nooby to dumbass costumers which they tried to covert that fact by sugar coating this BS to fool idiots to think that they out bested GTA5 which they didn’t.

        And what’s more interesting is that GTA5 broke COD’s records on just two system versions in one day. That’s a remarkable achievement even COD can never accomplish. COD is released on more platforms which explains why its revenues and sold copies can be higher. But this is about which game sold the most and the fastest on day one.

        Face facts. COD has finally meet its match and it bested its ass without breaking a sweat or even trying to directly compete it. If COD would’ve released on two-three platforms only, it wouldn’t stand a chance to win back the fame they don’t deserve or if GTA5 were to be released on more platforms like Wii U, COD will still be finished either way. COD is DONE.

  1. Well… yet more news I wasn’t expecting…. Cod:Ghosts actually taking away GTAV’s short lived fame as the fastest selling game to reach a billion…

      1. Still surprising…. just saying the game isn’t that bad, the story is actually good for once and the Multiplayer feels more balanced and the maps are huge

    1. So just because people like the game means they are “Retarded”?

      Wow you are biased beyond belief

  2. This game is selling well because as everyone knows buying COD is what the “cool” people do, so of course it sells. It is THE most basic general mainstream game there is besides maybe the Madden and other sports games available. Games like these sell to the masses the way lil wayne and other shitty “musicians” sell to the mainstream audience. It sells to insecure people who have to have the next “Big Cool Thing” in order to be “cool” themselves and not left out of the loop. Will this game be decent? Maybe. Maybe even the best COD in years. But when it’s all said and done: It’s still just COD.

    This CoD is actually selling way less than the previous CoDs.

    In 2010, Activision announced they sold more than $360M of CoD during the first day only in UK and USA.
    In 2012, they said they sold $500M of CoD the first day, but in the entire world, they didn’t take only the numbers of two countries, The sales lowered.
    And now, they don’t even announce the numbers of games sold TO PLAYERS, but to STORES. It’s a number which doesn’t mean shit, they are trying to fool people and Activision’s shareholders.

    Actually, the Call of Duty series is selling less and less each year, and CoD Ghosts is getting bad reviews. It’s a dying series.

  4. Say what you will guys, but this is pretty bad news for the Wii U. With all of the people buying this game and then re buying it for PS4 and Xbox One…we’re in a pretty tricky situation. I don’t think that Wii Party U will be able to compete with these guys. That being said, I don’t like Call of Duty. I’m sure that it’s awesome for people who like FPS games, but I don’t care for the genre

    1. I’m a big FPS player and no, it’s not awesome at all. It’s generic, bland, and the health auto-regen this game introduced is the plague of this genre.
      CoD must die.

      1. It still looks like one of the ultimate experiences for an FPS gamer. Multiplayer is supposed to be intense and the health regen just makes things a little diceyer. Now you need to take out your opponents and fast! Less tactical retreats

        1. … Also less tactical moves = less brain.
          A good FPS is a FPS which combines skill and brain, not only skill, whatever kids and retards say.
          Nope, CoD is not a good FPS, sorry.

          1. Skill is definitely the most important part of a video game and thinking really ties into skill as well. It’s a very good FPS game for these reasons and more

            1. ” I don’t care for the genre”
              You said it yourself. If you don’t know much about it, don’t try to argue like that.
              I can name good FPSs which are waaaay superior to CoD because of this tactical dimension CoD doesn’t have. And for more reasons.

              1. I don’t care for the genre, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t know about it. I’ve played Metroid Prime, Alien FPS, and the Terminator FPS game for the arcade. At least you have a lot of maneuverability in Call of Duty. I’m sure that we could both name several FPS games that are better than CoD, but it doesn’t mean that CoD is a bad FPS game. Maybe it’s not very good or great, but saying that it is bad is going a little overboard

                1. CoD is hurting the genre extremely bad. Remember when BF tried not to look like CoD and was actually realistic and brain-asking ?
                  Remember when FPS used to be fast ?
                  CoD is none of that, it’s like an ersatz of a FPS trying to be realistic-ish but also a little faster than a Battlefied or a RO. It’s nor an interesting teamplay experience, as you can kill entire teams by yourself if you want to, nor a fast actually skilled FPS.
                  Just a simplified casual generic FPS people play to forget they have a brain for a few hours. That can explain the community of kids and shitnerdz.
                  And if everybody says it’s a bad game ( and it is a rather bad one, let’s say CoD is to video games what Hollywood is to the cinema ), it’s because of what it has done to FPSs and to video games in general, destroying the market by selling this piece of poop $60. Every gamer is pissed at Activision, and you should be too.

                  1. Either way, it’s up to the player to buy it. 60 isn’t outrageous for a game that you’ll be pumping dozens of hours into. Activision is actually a really good company and they’ve produced several of my favorite games over the years. Remember Spider Man for Gamecube? That’s still one of the best superhero games out there. Everyone disliked Hotel Mario, but it was actually a great game. Sometimes, everyone just jumps on the bandwagon without actually realizing how fun the game is. As I said, CoD may not be the greatest FPS game, but it’s still solid

                    1. “60 isn’t outrageous for a game that you’ll be pumping dozens of hours into”
                      See ? You’re not even shocked by the price anymore. That’s what I was talking about, TY Activision.

  5. I dont believe in COD hype, so fuck you activision! I bought BO2 and all i got was shitty campaign, boring multiplayer and good zombie mode! I love how they release this shit every year and be like “THIS IS THE BEST” and the same stupid people year after year believe in that shit only to find out that the game is shit. Activision should had bringed Destiny to WiiU instead of this garbage, but noooooooooo! Cod this cod that blah shit blah! Destiny actually seems fun and innovative unlike codshit! UGH! IM DONE!

  6. Actually you guys should grab it on the Wii U its a quality title, stop hating so much and buy if you want. If you don’t want stop moaning

    1. Yeah, and let’s watch the video game industry getting destroyed and gamers getting pooped on with a smile.

    2. It’s definitely good since it will help to establish the Wii U in sales, but it’s a better experience on the other consoles because of the controller difference. Either way it’s definitely solid

      1. If you want to play a FPS, don’t do it on console though.
        And nobody on PC will buy this shit, people have values here.

        1. I could never get into PC gaming or even digital things like the Eshop or PSN. I need to have the physical copy on hand if I’m going to buy a game. It’s just how I role. I’m sure a lot of PC gamers like CoD

              1. Nooooooooope you’re wrong. Dude, I’m a FPS player, I know the community, and truth it every gamer hates CoD, and those who don’t just don’t say it because they don’t want everybody on the forums/chat to bash them.
                You are way too casual to talk about games seriously dude, sorry.

                1. I’m a Hardcore gamer myself and I play many games. Barbie, Mario, Street Fighter, etc. With over 500 games in my collection, I’m definitely too core to be casual. I’m even going to get the MLP FIM game if it gets one. CoD has a lot of fans, but they just aren’t as vocal about it at times. You may just not be in the right circles

              2. No, kids raised on crap who don’t know good from crap, like cod. People who were here in the time before cod and the last generation or two of video games know good games from crap.

                1. That’s a strong opinion my friend, but is it the correct one? Trick question since opinions can’t be wrong or right. Some people like it and some don’t. It’s a good game for some and a bad game for others

  7. Let’s not forget and get too excited COD fanboys. It said that $1 billion were sold INTO STORES. They didn’t say anything about how many copied were sold to gamers yet. So, like what Activision said to Rockstar: Don’t get too comfortable.

    As far as I know, this was predictable since I know there’s so many idiots and fanboys out there wasting away money on the biggest, overrated franchise spam in history since Madden and every passing year there’s more ex COD players/fans and growing.

    So as far as I’m concerned, Ghosts sales pace aren’t gonna be as promising as Activision thinks. GTA5 well deserved that fame because they take their time developing games with some innovation and especially they listen to fans feedback. COD continuously fails on those regards and that’s why COD is dead/dying. In fact, it has been dead since after COD4 in 2007 and the old IW team left in 2010.

  8. Looks like Activision is reluctant to reveal how much money they made from sales to gamers instead of just to retail stores. I wonder why? Possibly because the game fell short of expectations in terms of actual customer sales?

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