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Modern Warfare breaks huge Call of Duty records for playtime and sales

Published: 18/Dec/2019 22:03 Updated: 19/Dec/2019 11:00

by Scott Robertson

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Activision Blizzard and Infinity Ward announced on December 18 that Modern Warfare has claimed the top spot for hours played for any Call of Duty game this console generation and that sales for the newest installment have eclipsed a thoroughly impressive milestone.

As a new generation of consoles can be seen on the horizon, the Call of Duty franchise can celebrate their latest achievement with Modern Warfare.

Per an official release on December 18, 50 days after the game was released and also the day of a massive Modern Warfare patch, Activision Blizzard announced that Modern Warfare is the number one most played Call of Duty multiplayer game of this console generation. 

Activision.Modern Warfare sits above the other CoD titles of this generation

The generation stretches back to 2013, when the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 were both announced as successors to the Xbox 360 and the PS3, respectively. When holiday 2020 hits a year from now, Xbox Series X and the PS5 will then replace our current generation.

But in just fifty days since its release, Modern Warfare has racked up the most hours played, hours per players, and average daily players of any Call of Duty game this generation. Roughly, that number translates to 500 million hours played and over 300 million multiplayer matches.

But the latest installment of the iconic first-person shooter hasn’t just dominated playtime this generation, it’s also dominated the year in sales compared to all other games.

Infinity WardActivision Blizzard can afford a few more tanks with the money made from Modern Warfare.

According to Activision Blizard, Modern Warfare is the highest selling premium game of 2019, having just crossed $1 billion in total revenue.

Also, on a separate note, Call of Duty Mobile, the franchise’s first mobile game, has done extremely well too, breaking 100 million downloads in its first week, and generating $87 million in spending across two months according to SensorTower.

Activision Blizzard cited the introduction of some new features as the cause for Modern Warfare’s vast success, notably its cross-progression and cross-save features, and its new content release system, which no longer requires players to purchase a season pass or DLC. 

Now, all post-launch content is available free to everyone across the three platforms at the same time, unlike in recent years when PS4 would receive content early due to Sony’s exclusivity deal with Activision.

Infinity Ward - Modern WarfareA full overview of all new content added in Season One of Modern Warfare.

The continued success of Modern Warfare and the Call of Duty franchise will be an interesting storyline to follow, especially as the with the start of the newly-formed Call of Duty League approaching, followed by the next generation of consoles expected to release during the 2020 holiday season.

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Epic Games sues Apple & Google in UK over Fortnite removals

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:28

by Theo Salaun

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Following litigation over Fortnite’s app store removals by Apple and Google in the United States of America, Epic Games have officially mounted lawsuits against both tech companies in the United Kingdom, as well.

In August 2020, Epic Games added their own payment process to Fortnite’s mobile offerings so that Apple and Google’s cellphone and tablet users could purchase in-game items at a discounted price. This discount was specifically enabled by the new process, which bypassed each company’s transaction fees. 

Unsurprisingly, as the payment method was in direct violation of both the App Store and Play Store’s Terms of Services, each company subsequently removed Fornite from their offerings. And, expecting this, Epic Games responded by launching lawsuits against the companies in the U.S. and Australia. 

Now, the makers behind the world’s most popular third-person battle royale have tripled down and mounted legal action against both tech giants in the U.K. Citing violations of competition laws, Epic Games’ legal case in the U.K. is very similar to the ones already made in other countries. And, immediately contested, Apple and Google’s responses have proved similar, as well.

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Fortnite’s Crew subscription service means even more payments for Epic Games.

As discussed by BBC News, Epic have officially submitted documents to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the UK. The allegations suggest a monopolistic abuse of power by each company that centers around competitive restrictions to app store and payment processing options, as well as unfair payment fees.

Typically, those fees come at about 30 percent of all purchases, although exact figures differ depending on company and app. Fortnite is obviously one of the biggest games in the entire world, so almost one-third of their sales on mobile means hefty earnings.

But, like their other lawsuits, Epic allege that this is about more than their own profits. The company demands that Apple and Google begin allowing software developers to institute their own payment-processing systems and options to be downloaded outside of the App and Play stores.

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Fortnite has always delighted its fanbase with purchasable cosmetics.

So far, Apple and Google have both replied similarly in the U.K. situation, claiming that they are open to reintroducing Fortnite to their mobile stores but that they deny any violation of competitiveness.

Dexerto will continue to monitor the legal cases in each country, providing updates whenever these prolonged legal disputes begin reaching their conclusions.