20 million Black Ops players log 600 million multiplayer hours

Monday, 3rd January 2011 23:08 GMT By Brenna Hillier


Call of Duty: Black Ops has hit another whopping milestone, as Activision announce that the cold-war shooter’s 20 million-strong player base has logged a staggering 600 million hours online.

Released on November 9, Black Ops has had only eight weeks in which to reach these dazzling figures, meaning that since launch, eager fraggers have averaged ten million hours per day. That’s only half an hour each if you assume all twenty million are on every day, but still.

According to MTV Multiplayer, Activision are putting the massive numbers down to an increased sense of online gaming as a social activity or network.

Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirschberg noted that “Call of Duty has in many ways become one of the world’s most engaged social networks,” while ActiBlizzard CEO Bobby Kotick commented that “Call of Duty creates a shared sense of identify for its community and is as integral to their social lives as any other form of digital communication.”

By way of comparison, Black Ops’ precursor, Modern Warfare 2, announced a 25 million strong player base in March, 2010 – four months after release. Blacks Ops also snatched the Biggest Entertainment Launch from its big brother by totting up 5.6 million units within 24 hours of US and UK launch. Five days in, it reached USD $650 million in sales, again topping Modern Warfare 2′s efforts of USD $550 million.

Activision recently announced that Black Ops has managed over USD $1 billion in worldwide sales, and its continuing position at the head of retail and digital distribution charts suggest we can expect more whopping statistics this year.



  1. blackdreamhunk

    I have been playing blacks opps the story is intense but the multi player is ok for me. I bought the game just because it game devs love pc gamers. However the fps is missing vehicles.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DJ Deathstar

    Well i’ve contributed a massive nothing to that time

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Gama_888

    here here

    #3 4 years ago
  4. AHA-Lambda

    well i think i’ve put in 2-3 hours and am already thinking of trading it in. I am done with CoD now really.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Gosh, you guys should get together & make some “CoD is Poo!” badges, form a little club or something.
    I’ve put in a few days worth of playtime & find it a lot more balanced. Theirs no real super perk set-ups, a lot less camping & killstreaks don’t dominate. Still a few technical issues to sort out though.

    #5 4 years ago

    Six hundred million, eh?

    Battlefield probably couldn’t even manage to get a tenth of that figure…

    #6 4 years ago
  7. polygem

    Its an awesome game. Its cod 4 and then black ops. Its so much better than mw2. Balanced really well. Some technical issues, esp. In matchmaking but if you are into competitive mp fps theres no way to miss out on this game. Ranked 2000 of 20 million- free for all. Win much more matches than i loose (as 2., or3.). I love playing blackops 2 or 3 times for a hour or 2 a week. 2 days something in. No regrets.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. IL DUCE

    I am really going to try not to buy the CoD that comes out this year because everyone is sucked up into this which is the same damn game over and over again every year, yeah it may look a little different, have a different 4-6 hour campaign, and have different guns but otherwise it is basically the same damn game which I’m not going to buy anymore. CoD4 was probably the best, World at War was pretty good for what it was and I played mutli with my friends but the campaign was garbage and the zombies was actually something new two plus years ago so it was cool at the time, and Modern Warfare 2 was when CoD got mainstreamed and made record numbers and deservedly so because it was a really good game and had amazing graphics but still not all that different, and now black ops breaks all these records with a game that is definitely inferior to Modern Warfare 2 with just the feel of the guns and graphics wise, and there is basically nothing different besides its set in the 60s and doesn’t look as good as MW2…and now with IW basically torn apart and sledgehammer working on CoD: Space Marines or whatever the hell they are doing, I believe the quality of game will continue to gradually drop year after year, yet people will still sink their money into it.

    #8 4 years ago

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