|Call of Duty: Black Ops Sells 8.4M in First Month|
|Written by PCMag - David Murphy|
|Monday, 13 December 2010|
Call of Duty: Black Ops Sells 8.4M in First Month
Not only has Call of Duty: Black Ops sold 8.4 million units in the first month of its release, but the number was enough to catapult the title up to the seventh spot on NPD's list of the top ten games of all time.
Put a feather in the camouflage hat of "Call of Duty: Black Ops": Not only has the game sold 8.4 million units in the first month of its release (November), but the number was enough to catapult the title up to the seventh spot on NPD's list of the top ten games of all time (by sales, of course).
According to Gamasutra, 4.9 million units of "Black Ops" made it to consumers playing on Xbox 360 consoles. The Playstation 3 ate up another 3.1 million of the game's monthly launch sales. The rest of the total amount, 400,000 units, was split between sales for the Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, and PC. However, in regards to the latter, copies of the game sold via digital distribution (a la Valve's Steam service) were not taken into account for NPD's figures.
The ratio is a bit of a flip-flop from the previous "Call of Duty" title, "Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2", which had stronger PS3 sales than Xbox 360 sales during the first month of its release. The game only sold 6 million units during its launch month-a strong number, but one that doesn't surpass "Call of Duty: Black Ops'" stats. Previous titles like "Call of Duty: World at War" and "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" only sold 2 million units each during their first months of existence.
Publisher Activision hasn't released detailed statistics as to how its "Blacks Ops" sales or revenue have gone for the entire month of November. However, the company did indicate that it minted around $650 million within the first five days of the title's launch-its largest five-day sales record to date.
"The number of people playing online and the number of hours they are playing demonstrates how online gaming has become a mainstream form of entertainment and certainly validates Activision Blizzard's leadership role in online entertainment," said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick in an interview with Gamasutra.
NPD hasn't released an updated list of its "top ten" titles since January 2010. But "Black Ops" will likely be able to count amongst its peers such games as the chart-topping "Wii Play," "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock," and "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas." Three "Call of Duty" games already appear on NPD's list-it's unclear how many will remain once NPD releases a new version of the top 10, but it's safe to say that "Call of Duty" has cemented itself as one of the most well-sold franchises of all time (ignoring PC sales, that is, which don't appear on NPD's list)... PCMag