Analyst: Modern Warfare 2 sold 7 million copies on day one

Thursday, 12th November 2009 02:48 GMT By Nathan Grayson


The dust has hardly even settled on Modern Warfare 2′s launch, but some people have already begun counting their chickens. Broadpoint AmTech analyst Ben Schachter is one such person, but he’s an analyst, so it’s kind of his job to do this sort of thing. Speaking with IndustryGamers, Schachter set the current tally at seven million copies. After only one day.

Among other things, Schachter’s numbers were pulled from an earlier report that the UK’s rabid crowd of Modern warmongers snapped up 1.23 million units on day one.

“With GTA IV selling-through 6mm units worldwide in its first week, that suggests week one of Modern Warfare 2 worldwide sell-through could approximate ~11.7mm. While 2x the week one tally for GTA IV may seem aggressive, the bottom line is that we believe current consensus estimates of around 12mm for the December quarter may end up being conservative,” Schachter said.

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  1. Psychotext

    Something doesn’t seem right about that. You can’t sell 7m copies of a game in a day… surely? It’s insane.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. ybfelix

    I hope the day this gaming generation hit their prime, they won’t clamp down on newer entertainment forms as older people did now.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. freedoms_stain

    Psycho, they shipped an insane number of copies for day one, so it is possible.

    I remember in my teens when a really big game came out you’d have to sprint down the town centre at lunch or bunk off school in the morning to have a chance at getting a copy. I have vivid memories of two Zelda obsessed mates sprinting to Woolies, one of em got the last copy, the other got nada :-p

    Now they ship 3 million copies on the 1st day… The gaming industry has come a long way.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. NoxNoctisUmbra

    7 million copies? sure, 2.5 mill for Xbox, 2.5 mill for PS3, and 2 million for PCs….

    Yeah bit too much.. maybe by the end of the month.. 7 milion people servers would fucking over load! this is not MMO that you pay for servers!

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Ashelia Bnargin Dalmasca

    There are *at least* 2 and half million people ranked on the game’s Xbox Live leaderboard, and it fair to assume that not everyone who bought it has gone online with it yet – plus there are people that don’t have Xbox Live, who wouldn’t appear on that list either.

    I would imagine the figure isn’t much lower on the PS3 either. And then there’s PC users, but I expect that figures to be slightly lower (for obvious reasons.

    So yeah, it’s entirely doable. Maybe not quite 7 million, but pretty close.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. DarkElfa

    At 60 bucks a pop, that’s 420 million bucks.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Blerk

    Holy shit again!

    #7 5 years ago

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