Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision
Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), 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."
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc.
is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of
interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, the
United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway,
Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, mainland China and the
region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can
be found on the company's website, www.activision.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in
this press release that involves Activision Publishing's expectations,
plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including
statements about the expected Call of Duty: Ghosts, are forward-looking
statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and
uncertainties. Factors that could cause Activision Publishing's actual
future results to differ materially from those expressed in the
forward-looking statements set forth in this release include
unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the risk
factors sections of Activision Blizzard's most recent annual report on
Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The
forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information
available to Activision Publishing and Activision Blizzard as of the
date of this release, and neither Activision Publishing nor Activision
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statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may
ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of
the future performance of Activision Publishing or Activision Blizzard
and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which
are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially
from current expectations.
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