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Call of Duty: Ghosts ships over $1 billion at retail stores worldwide as of day one

Wednesday, 6 November 2013 13:12 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Call of Duty: Ghosts has sold-in $1 billion at retail stores worldwide since its release yesterday, Activision has announced.

The game is already in the number one spot on Xbox Live, according to Microsoft, with average player sessions being reportedly longer than either Black Ops 2 or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, during the same time period.

“Call of Duty is by far the largest console franchise of this generation,” said CEO Bobby Kotick in a prepared statement. “More people have played Call of Duty this year than ever before, logging four billion hours of gameplay. In the last 12 months, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, including its digital content, generated more revenues than any other console game ever has in a single year.

“Although it is too early to assess sell-through for Call of Duty: Ghosts, it’s launching at a time when the franchise has never been more popular.”

Midnight opening were held at 15,000 locations around the world and according to GameStop figures is the company’s “most-preordered next-gen title.”

The shooter was released yesterday, November 5, on PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360. It will launch on next-gen alongside the consoles later this month.

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38 Comments

  1. Hcw87

    If this outsells GTAV i’m seriously at a loss for words.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. noamlol2

    source?

    and: nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!
    that means there is over a 16666666 retards who bought the game day one

    humanity is at peril from an extremely stupid population

    jesus, day one…. i wonder how much it will be in a month?….

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Erthazus

    More then GTAV?

    there is still hope for a humanity.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. pukem0n

    didnt GTA V make the billion after 3 days?

    so COD wins.

    And i dont like both games

    #4 1 year ago
  5. KineticCalvaria

    Goddamn it, I thought people would wise up this time.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. viralshag

    I can’t wait to get my copy for the Xbox One.

    Not only do I like the game, I like that it annoys so many people when it sells. :)

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Judicas

    I call rubbish on this, all my local stores had midnight openings and had far, farrrr less people turn up then normal as most people are either getting it on next gen or haven’t decided yet. For this to sell $1 billion on current gen? I don’t believe it for a second.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. bitsnark

    Do you mean ‘shipped’ or actual mumbers ‘sold’ figures? As a number of folks are saying that those figures pertain only to the shipped side of the equation.

    Yeah, looks like those are shipped figures I think:

    http://www.computerandvideogames.com/436950/retailers-spend-1-billion-on-call-of-duty-ghosts-for-launch/

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Animeboy413

    Lol

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Animeboy413

    @bitsnark, Learn to read the article saids SOLD

    #10 1 year ago
  11. KineticCalvaria

    @6, *Force Choke*

    #11 1 year ago
  12. bitsnark

    @10 I read the article thanks, I was questioning whether or not the SOLD part was accurate.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. DSB

    @6 Dude, please don’t do that to yourself. It’s so ridiculously bad. Leave it be.

    I mean, I love CoD, and I was hoping it was the usual anti-hype, but it’s really just all the more obvious for that fact.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Danlisa

    NO NO NO! While I don’t credit media sites with any credibility, the actual press release was worded:

    “SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced today that the company sold more than $1 billion of Call of Duty®: Ghosts into retail stores worldwide as of day one.”

    Which, even with my small grasp of the written word means that they SHIPPED a billion copies to retail outlets.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Legendaryboss

    Okay i was wrong possibly about the drop in quality impacting sales but as @14 said sold to retailers, still got money but how many customers will be buying.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. bitsnark

    @14 That’s what I suspected.

    Though I probably should have sought out the press release too :)

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Stephany Nunneley

    It’s fixed. Expect it to be “elaborated” upon tonight during the call and in a less confusing manner.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. viralshag

    @11, :D

    @13, I can’t help myself. People get so worked up about it.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Dragon

    @bitsnark,
    “Sold to consumers” worldwide numbers are impossible to get. Its, as you are saying, shipped aka “sold to retailers”.

    Its just Acti shipping more copies than before/ retailers asking for more copies since its a yearly seller.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. EdgizAwesome

    “Although it is too early to assess sell-through for Call of Duty: Ghosts, it’s launching at a time when the franchise has never been more popular.”
    So no it still has not beat GTA5

    #20 1 year ago
  21. EdgizAwesome

    #21 1 year ago
  22. DSB

    @18 Haha, I get that :P Until I actually played it, I was thinking “This is probably gonna be really good, and then I get to tell everybody how wrong they are”.

    Alas, that turned out to be a big ol’ bag of NOPE.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. The_Red

    If the annualized, copy-paste game that removes BLOPs 2′s new features outsells something like GTA5, we might as well stop playing games and vote for Micheal Bay as president.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. SplatteredHouse

    Here is an observation showing the effect of a successful CoD: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=709697 Look at those graphs, and the trends.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. CPC_RedDawn

    THEY MADE $1 BILLION BY COPYING AND PASTING!!!!

    WATCH HERE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E82ZkHTiVU

    #25 1 year ago
  26. viralshag

    @22, Oh I was talking about COD in general. Is Ghosts crap then? I’m waiting until the X1 version and skipping this gen/PC.

    Might swap out my pre-order for a copy of Dead Rising 3.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. livewired500

    Not surprising at all. Goes to show that most gamers don’t care about reading reviews or researching at all. They just purchase based on brand name only.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. laughing-gravy

    To anyone who thinks this has outsold GTA V it hasn’t. Read the posting they have only shipped that amount into retail stores. This isn’t customer sales. Tellingly they haven’t released the actual customer sales at all. To the mods please look at the original source and correct it.
    EDIT original source:
    http://investor.activision.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=804829

    #28 1 year ago
  29. SplatteredHouse

    Could somebody be as good as to overlay some of the Giant Bomb Quick Look (360) gameplay with the 2002 version of Mad World, because it should fit like a glove.
    I’ve yet to find a vs map design that is neither terribad, or boxy across the (around five) impression/gameplay videos I’ve seen so far.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Loqo

    GTA V made $800M in 1 day only on the X360 and PS3…

    While CoD Ghosts is out for PS3,X360,Wii U,PC,…will come out for Xone and PS4

    Actually GTA V sold better then Ghosts IMO

    #30 1 year ago
  31. DSB

    @29 That’s actually a very good call, I’m surprised you got that just from the videos.

    Aesthetically some of them are beautiful (if you look past the dusty non-colors) but it’s like someone let an abstract sculptor run amok, and that’s murder for the gameplay.

    I really hate that fucking trend in multiplayer shooters these days. For some reason designers have to flex their muscles and show everybody how asymmetrical they can be, instead of worrying about the gameplay.

    If you look at Counter-Strike or earlier versions of CoD (maybe even BLOPS 2, but to a lesser extent) then there was always a very specific reason why anything was on the map.

    If it didn’t have an immediate, deliberate impact on the gameplay, then it didn’t exist.

    This time they just kinda went nuts and did whatever they wanted. Three different levels surrounding an open space (Which one are you gonna cover?) weird zigzagging tunnels going up and down, which in turn seperates people and so confuses the spawn system, so you’re never “truly safe”. Everybody is everywhere, as opposed to fronts and pockets forming.

    I mean, if you’re a true chaos maniac, it’s stimulating I guess, but for a competitive shooter it just inspires you not to go anywhere. You don’t want to run around that teeny tiny maze full of killzones that are impossible to cover, because you’ll ruin your streak.

    And the “pick-up” objectives make it even worse. You get bonus points for “shooting a guy while prone” or “shooting a guy in the back”, so just go prone and lay in a corner, right?

    It’s not good, it’s real bad. It’s forcing me to play like a real douche.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. loki

    it is a shame for the gaming industry and shame players

    #32 1 year ago
  33. POOhead

    Dont see a problem with this, games great and everyone hating is more likely a virgin lol.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. YouGuysAreFools

    Guys read the title for the sake of humanity.

    It’s the amount sold to stores, NOT the amount sold to consumers.

    They wanted to beat GTA 5 and didn’t, that’s why they came out with these sugarcoated misleading figures. And to no surprise at all they actually managed to fool the ignorant masses.

    The numbers being amassed by retailers suggest it’s 20 percent less than black ops 2, so in the ballpark of 400 million dollars sold to CONSUMERS.

    If GTA 5 sold 1 billion in 3 days, then it’s perfectly safe to say that they also sold over a billion to stores on day one.

    Edit: Nevermind, even the title itself is super misleading. The keyword is SOLD-IN, which simply means how many copies the stores bought from Activision. It has nothing to do with the consumers.

    #34 1 year ago
  35. Llewelyn_MT

    I feel sad that the PC port actually manages to look a lot worse than the aged Battlefield: Bad Company 2. I wonder how this crap even passes for a modern military shooter.

    #35 1 year ago
  36. noamlol2

    so by reading the comments above it still means there is
    hope for humanity

    it’s sold to retailers so i won’t be 100% sold, but yes, in time
    it will…

    #36 1 year ago
  37. SplatteredHouse

    “Frostbite 3 and Battlefield 4 put Call of Duty: Ghosts to shame ” -”Boxquote” from the new Battlefield 4 online ad. There’s a war going on, and EA are cold as ice!
    I didn’t keep up with CoD much, on the last round of consoles, so I looked at video to get some idea of Black Ops II…While watching, I was struck by the difference. How on earth did IW fuck the latest game up so much. :o

    #37 1 year ago
  38. fearmonkey

    It must be great to make a game and it doesnt matter how good it is, because everyone will buy it.

    Interesting stats on vgchartz regarding pre-orders for ghosts next gen.
    http://www.vgchartz.com/preorders/41581/USA/

    Ghosts on next gen is almost neck and neck between the two systems, but Battlefield 4 is twice as many preorders on PS4. Most of the COD sales are on current gen, people buying the Xbox One are buying it, but none of the other launch games come close. On PS4, Killzone, Battlefield 4, and Ghosts are over the 250k mark.

    Sadly, Ryse, Dead Rising, and Knack lag way behind.

    #38 1 year ago

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  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]