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20 million Black Ops players log 600 million multiplayer hours

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

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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.

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8 Comments

  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

    @2
    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
  6. G1GAHURTZ

    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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    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]