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Modern Warfare hits jackpot as report reveals microtransaction revenue

Published: 23/Jan/2020 21:47

by Scott Robertson


A business report from Super Data revealed the staggering amount of money that Call of Duty Modern Warfare made just from Season 1 microtransactions in December alone, potentially indicating that the Battle Pass model is here to stay.

The Battle Pass has made its mark on all of the popular games that dominate sites like Twitch, YouTube, and even this site. Games like Apex Legends, Fortnite, and now CSGO and Call of Duty have embraced the tiered rewards system as an alternative to DLC and loot boxes.

While games like Apex and Counter-Strike still utilize loot boxes, titles such as Fortnite and Modern Warfare have completely abandoned the once-referred-to-as “surprise mechanics.

Supply drop results from Call of Duty WWII
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Supply drop results from Call of Duty WWII

Call of Duty is newer to embracing this model compared to some of the other games, but if the first set sales numbers are any indicator, the Battle Pass isn’t going away any time soon.

According to Super Data, a Nielsen company that reports on the games market, Modern Warfare was the top-grossing in December on console and number seven on PC. In that month, players spent a massive $78.7 million on in-game content, whether it was buying the pass itself, levels for the pass, or in-game currency to spend on bundles.

On console, it beat out several lucrative titles that rake in money from in-game spending, like FIFA 20, Fortnite, and Grand Theft Auto V. For reference, Black Ops 4 earned $93 million from in-game spending in its entire first quarter, compared to the $78.7 million figure from just one month of Modern Warfare.

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Infinity Ward
Fans argue Modern Warfare’s battle pass system is fairer than previous Call of Duty games.

The report comes out just a day before Call of Duty League officially launches as the flagship for competitive Call of Duty, and the developers originally announced that team skins and items would be coming to the in-game market before information regarding CDL team items was deleted from the website.

Apart from the Battle Pass market being successful financially, it has also struck a chord with the players, who regard it as a superior system for earning cosmetic items than the previous ones.

Loot boxes and season passes were universally panned by the CoD player-base over the past several titles. Fans responded with anger when a leak originally reported that Modern Warfare would include the infamous supply drops, which turned out not to be the case.

Modern Warfare Season One
Season One is being extended into February.

Activision were careful with what they put behind a paywall, as most of the post-launch content so far has been available for free to players on all three platforms. For example, the things in the Battle Pass that provide affect gameplay, such as the two new weapons, are both free to unlock.

The currently-ongoing Season 1 will be extended all the way until February 11, to make room for all the new content that is still set to be released. Season 2 will feature its own Battle Pass, so Activision stand to make even more money come next month.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.