Call of Duty: Warzone is one of the most popular recent additions to the roster of battle royale titles. The title introduced a number of gameplay elements into the genre which played a vital part in its success. Activision’s financial result for this year’s July-September quarter has thrown up a surprise in terms of revenue, and the company majorly owes this huge return to the success of Warzone and Modern Warfare.
The micro-transactions in both CoD Modern Warfare and Warzone are the major pillars behind this success. The company has earned $1.9B in revenue during the said quarter. Out of this, around $1.2B came from the micro-transactions in MW and Warzone. This is a pretty big jump from the $1.2B the company had made last year, during the same quarter.
This year has been quite beneficial for the entire gaming industry. Almost the entirety of mankind is trapped indoors, and video games have kept many of them entertained and sane in this time. This contributed significantly in filling up the company’s coffers.
Activision features a wide range of titles, but the CoD franchise has always been its prized stallion. According to Activision’s report, the number of monthly users on both WZ and MW has grown tenfold this year, with a similar spike in micro-transaction amounts. In fact, Modern Warfare holds the record at Activision for the highest first-year sales.
While the company has earned an unexpectedly huge revenue and is speculating an overall revenue return of $8.1B by the end of this year, tension among employees has still not subdued. Recently, the company announced that it will be shutting down the Versailles offices, putting the jobs of hundreds of employees at risk.
Unions representing the employees called for a strike earlier last month. Even players and streamers showed their support by not covering the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands pre-patch.