Call of Duty Franchise Becomes One of the Highest-Earning Series As Lifetime Revenue Crosses $27 Billion

Published 02/05/2021, 2:36 PM EST


Call of Duty franchise is undoubtedly one of the most successful franchises ever. It has continuously topped the charts for over a decade now. With the release of Call of Duty: Warzone in March 2020, the popularity of the franchise reached new heights. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick revealed the figures praising the games.

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CEO Bobby Kotick, on a call with investors, revealed that the Call of Duty franchise’s revenue has crossed $27 billion. The amount includes game sales, in-game purchases, DLC, micro-transactions, and many more. During the pandemic, sales have grown exponentially. Activision Blizzard released their Q4 fiscal reports on February 4, 2021, and it has a lot to say about the numbers.

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Call of Duty Sales in Q4 Reports

The pandemic and the release of Call of Duty‘s newest title, Warzone, have clearly played important roles in doubling the net booking from a year ago. In Q4, Black Ops Cold War and Warzone saw the consumption of the highest number of battle passes since introducing the new system in 2019. According to Statista, Warzone had amassed 60 million players across the globe, rivaling some other Battle Royale giants on the market, including Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The numbers crossed over 75 million by the end of its first five months in the market.

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Activision Blizzard in 2021: Warzone

Activision’s President Rob Kostich clarifies Warzone will be Activision’s primary focus from the Call of Duty franchise. He expects to deliver the existing audience and players of the game quality service.

“Now this is only strengthened our commitment to continue to bring compelling, new content to both premium and free to play players on a regular basis,” Kostich added in the call. “And that said, we know our players’ expectations are very high for new content, and rightly so, we want to make sure we over deliver on that front as we move forward.” 

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Keeping in mind the usual CoD timeline, fans can expect a new Call of Duty title official announcement around May. Although the yearly call shows no such specifications, there are leaks of a new game. Following the announcement, players can expect the release by the holiday season or October/November. Even if there are no new titles lined up, there are quite a few games from other franchises releasing this holiday season. Overall, 2021 is going to be an exciting year for all gamers.

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Jenny is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since January 2021. She started as a competitive player, and found her joy in not restricting to just one title. She grew up around various popular PUBG and Call of Duty streamers, discovering her love for both titles.

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