Over 40 Million Monthly Players Across Call of Duty Franchise, Breakdown by Title

During a recent earnings call, Activision Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg, announced that the Call of Duty series sees more than 40 million active monthly users over 2011.

Hirshberg broke down the active monthly players of the most recent Call of Duty titles. Expectedly, Modern Warfare 3 has the biggest piece of the pie with 20 million players; Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2 follow with 10 million and 5 million, respectively. Eric explained, “in 2011, the franchise is estimated to have had over 40 million monthly active users across 5 Call of Duty titles. In terms of MAUs in December alone, Modern Warfare 3 exceeded 20 million; Black Ops exceeded 10 million; Modern Warfare 2 exceeded 5 million; and World at War and Modern Warfare, which launched 3 and 4 years ago, respectively, had more than 2.5 million monthly active users combined.”

Hirshberg also touched on Call of Duty Elite’s launch numbers. He stated, “Call of Duty Elite, which only launched last quarter, already has more than 7 million registered members and within that, more than 1.5 million players have already activated a premium annual membership, establishing Call of Duty Elite as the third largest interactive subscription service behind only World of Warcraft and Xbox LIVE, both of which, as you know, have been around for many years.”

Active Monthly Users During December 2011:

  • 20 Million – Modern Warfare 3
  • 10 Million – Black Ops
  • 5 Million – Modern Warfare 2
  • 2.5 Million – World at War and Call of duty 4

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002367454310 Jonathan Stoffregen

    wrong title “40 million children play cod frnachise”

  • Some guy

    Quite an amazing feat, from a business perspective – you have to admit.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if those numbers are inflated. Everytime I go back to BOps, I never see more than 50,000 people on. Maybe these are people who constantly make new gamertags to avoid paying for xbl. 

  • fixit

    i dont trust those numbers. they are just divided by half as they go down. i understand they arent precise numbers but still. anyway keep up the good work mp1st

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