Call of Duty Elite hits 1 million paid users

Activision says subscription service has reached the million milestone in six days as total registration tops 4 million; publisher downgrades concurrent player record to 1.4 million.

The Call of Duty Elite launch wasn't the smoothest deployment in virtual military history, but that didn't stop the first-person shooter subscription service from enlisting more than a few good men.

Over 1 million served.

Activision today announced that within six days of Elite's November 8 launch (which coincided with the multiplatform debut of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3), the service had sold 1 million paid subscriptions. According to the publisher, it took high-profile subscription services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Sirius XM, and Xbox Live a full year each to hit the 1 million paid mark.

However, Call of Duty Elite isn't strictly a paid service. Elite provides players with gameplay statistics, video sharing, and clan support features for free, but those who shell out for the $50 annual subscription will also receive all downloadable content released in the year, as well as exclusive video content and other perks. Combining the free tier with the paid subscribers, Activision reported more than 4 million Elite registrants to date. Put together, those members have formed 80,000 clans and uploaded more than 100,000 user videos to the service.

In addition to doling out new numbers, Activision has acknowledged a mistake with one of the numbers it announced shortly after the launch of Call of Duty Elite and Modern Warfare 3. Previously, the publisher claimed to have had 3.3 million simultaneous Modern Warfare 3 players on Xbox Live for the game's launch date. Last night it amended that figure, correcting it to 1.4 million simultaneous users. The 3.3 million figure was total players on day one, not concurrent players.

For more on Activision's latest, check out GameSpot's review of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

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350 comments
nomadski69
nomadski69

Call of Duty 1 had free stat tracking websites. Now you lucky souls get to pay for it! Be proud of yourselves.

Thewheelman1001
Thewheelman1001

This is so sickening.....I'm so glad I do not have this game.....In other much more important news, Back To Karkand comes out next week....its an actual expansion that was included with my purchase of Battlefield 3......at least I wasn't ripped off....

dxBIGBOSSxb
dxBIGBOSSxb

@grungeman91 Don't you watch South Park? 1/4th of the nation is retarded! Like this one guy my friend knows named "Twitch"(Lol South Park reference), who thinks it's the greatest game ever, and Elite the greatest service ever, and thinks it should be game of the year, all year, every year for eternity... you can see why we mock him. He also says Battlefield is the crappiest looking game he's ever seen. I think it's because he's blind like bat and just about as smart. He's only ONE of these paid subscribers, imagine the rest of them.

FamousVampire68
FamousVampire68

I'll be honest, I haven't bought the game nor am looking forward to purchasing it but 1 million paid users counts for a pretty great feat every gamer should appreciate since it shows the gaming community is growing and not dying unlike most of the reports of Japanese gaming community

Cidious84
Cidious84

I feel like conquering the world now since i didn't buy MW3

dap70
dap70

1 million village simpletons......

krelmmaster
krelmmaster

So in other words people just paid $110 for a bunch of new maps. $60 for MW3, which really is nothing more than a map pack, $50 in advance for the 2 or 3 map packs that will come out. Kotick must be laughing so hard.

SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

"According to the publisher, it took high-profile subscription services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Sirius XM, and Xbox Live a full year each to hit the 1 million paid mark." God, this is why I hate Activision. They skew information so bad it's not even funny. The other sub services they mention didn't already have an installed base of users like COD had. People had to "catch on" to these others, so to speak. When Elite went live 11/8, there were MILLIONS of COD players waiting to join.

yuri19
yuri19

i am not really a cod fan myself, but the rabid haters you see online do make me laugh. Whenever you see a article about its sales and success people put their fingers in their ears and go "lalalala not listening, still sux its cool to hate it" Why do people get so worked up over one game?

dylan35
dylan35

I for one did not go MW3 this year for that very fact !!! I so agree with @abcdefgab

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Each person that is subscribed to this is responsible for ruining games period. Your setting the new precedent with your money that companies can keep doing this to all of us.

Xenrathe
Xenrathe

I thought the BF3 vs MW3 battle was just one of those silly hype things. I preferred BF3 but I figured MW3 was probably high-quality too. Then I played it. I couldn't believe how inferior it was. Graphics, gameplay, shooting feel. I enjoyed the spec-ops but in the survival mode, there were dogs strapped with C4. Lawl... OK. Also I was insulted by the fact that ON THE BOX it says "MW3." It doesn't even give the full name. If that's not a sign of the intelligence of the series, then I don't know what is.

darkangel494
darkangel494

My elite still doesn't work. Regardless more stat tracking is possible the worst thing that can happen for gaming (in b4 50 thumbs down). Just making more people play every gametype as team-deathmatch and take all of the skill out of CoD.

tbone19762008
tbone19762008

one million parents paid for their children to stay out of their hair...

tbone19762008
tbone19762008

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gbrading
gbrading moderator

I didn't think this would work, but somehow... it worked. Hats off to Activision for their canny business strategy I say.

x_hunter00
x_hunter00

@Volgin Well that' the sign of a successful business. If you have a product that people want to buy and like, why not clone it? Creativity is subjective and the one you are talking about, it seems to me, is originality. These "clones" however are creative because despite the slogans thrown out there each game is different. Put your feelings aside and looking at it objectively, creativity is alive and well. Maybe not your "cup of tea" but its there. ;) Your last point goes marketing. CoD is the embodiment of perfect marketing. They pumped millions into marketing and building name recognition. It also helps immensely that CoD (MW3 now) is a great game that is easily accessible to play across all ages. Remember IW started as a small developer as well.

SocialAnXieTy
SocialAnXieTy

1 million users who were duped into paying $50 a year for stat-tracking. I can't believe they're even getting away with this.

Montrovant1488
Montrovant1488

As foretold by the elders, "the time will come when stupidity predates mankind, when money sucking companies will charge for services that were free, that will be the time of CoD MW." Well if people from around the globe (specifically one super-consumerist country) buy worthless things and are content by being ripped off by these schemes, then they deserve it.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Wow, the game is the same as it was in the original MW but now people are subscribing to pay for the re-skin? Friends wanted me to play so they paid $40 for me to get the game and my $20 still seems like too much. Can't see why people would subscribe to pay more for the DLC....oh, that's right, other features too...they just never name those other features...

starduke
starduke

1 million people who like shooting each other. Scary, even if it's just a game.

mad-at-nintendo
mad-at-nintendo

I bought MW3 because the box looked cool, turns out I need an xbox to play it, so i bought a used xbox but it had 3 red rings on it and wouldn't turn on so i bought a new one with kinect for and bought live and bought elite so now im down $600 and i just found out that i am somthing called a noob.

eternal_blade3
eternal_blade3

Edit: "Call of Duty Elite now has 1 million idiots who pay for it."

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

@mellowtrauma lol wish this site would but i use it as a painful reminder of what fanboyism can do so i dont care much i still hate mw3, activision, kotic and the morons who still think this ip is worth the plastic its on

x_hunter00
x_hunter00

@Volgin How does this article have anything to do with the the death of creativity? Especially when games like Demon's/Dark Souls, Uncharted, Skyrim, Arkham City, the new ICO game coming out, and the multitude of small publishers releasing great games through PSN & LIVE have been created.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@marcopolo426 Yeah, I see where you're coming from. I haven't purchased any of the DLC for Black Ops and I'm almost positive I won't buy any for MW3. I'll probably purchase MW3,simply because I think it will be a decent game, but I don't think their DLC is worth the purchase. A lot of developers are out to make a great game, it's just some of those publishers get greedy, therefore making a mess of it. Back in the original Xbox days DLC was either cheap or free. Now you might find some that's worthwhile. Now they have this new craze sweaping the gaming market and I'm sure a lot of publishers are taking notes.

mellowtrauma
mellowtrauma

@MW2ismygame I suggest you change your user name my friend.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

I love the trolling. I'm just waiting for Activision to release a heap load of DLC for MW3 and everyone on here will want it, and it will cost more then a year sub for Elite when purchased separately. AND then, they'll complain that Activision screwed them in some other way. Thumbs UP, for sounding like a childish nuisance.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

i have a feeling that bobby kotic is the emperor from star wars in disguise

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

@ErikElfEar you win the award for best re-quote in history my friend. @mellowtrauma maybe if COD fanboys were not wrapped in a bubble of self denial and a deep down understanding that their game is recycled $*it next to battlefield 3 the game would be better...wait no it wont. i bought into that crap before..... NEVER AGAIN. battlefield 3 > Modern Warfare 2.1

grungeman91
grungeman91

These games are basically becoming cut and paste, Fact of it all is I don't see why people continuously support and put more money into this overrated franchise.

x_hunter00
x_hunter00

1 million paid subscribers? Good for Activision. What do you think the number of Call of Duty haters who still troll around and post on call of duty articles even though the games they think are better are out like BF3 and SKYRIM are?

marcopolo426
marcopolo426

@godzillavskong, With COD Elite, one million people have just paid Activision to consider making DLCs. Their DLCs could just be giant HD middle fingers. But what can you do? People already paid for it. This is a new low in anyone's standards. The line was crossed ages ago and the fault is with gamers. See, L. A. Noir developer invests in an original title and they go bankrupt while rehash-o-rama WM3 has made enough money for Bobby Kotick to complete his death star. Sad isn't it?

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@COPMAN221ISBACK I agree. Its like we have to draw the line somewhere, if not, well they'll keep coming up with other ways to give us less for more. I remember back in the original Xbox days a lot of DLC was free. Sure some cost a little, but not anywhere to the extent that it is today. Now games are released for $60, with some having DLC on the disc, which can be unlocked via a purchase?? Or the ones that have DLC available only weeks after the game is released? Now we have this Elite service, or like Epic is doing with Gears, and having a similar service. This is going to be a new trend and the sad thing is a lot of people are going to buy into it. I purchase certain DLC , but it usually has to be a game that I am really fond of. I just think certain publishers in the game industry are getting a bit too greedy. I know it's about making $$, but there has to be a line drawn.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@godzillavskong, Don't think for a second that those clowns aren't sitting around the office thinking of new and better ways to rip off the public. I am proud to say that I'm not one of the million sheep that bought into this garbage..

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I know lots of people like this "Elite" service but it just seems like you're being "nickle and dimed". What's next, a Call of Duty Elite Plus service? For a little extra, with Plus, you can now get COD games 2-3 weeks before everyone else! Activision isn't going to stop trying to milk this franchise, which may be what's turning a lot of fans away from it. I enjoy the series also, but not to the point that some of these gamers do, and there isn't any way that I'm subscribing to this Elite service.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

MW3 is like a spam blocker/Roach motel for all my other online games.Think about it, It attracts annoying people to their crappy game and keeps them there away from everyone else's online game of choice thus allowing you to enjoy said game without one of "them" ruining it for you..

p40tomahawk
p40tomahawk

@Suikogaiden yep, kids have no logic these days.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@mellowtrauma, Then continue playing MW3 with the rest of the "Pre-teens" that don't know any better while the rest of us serious gamers that do know better play BF3.I so enjoy playing BF3 without the annoying little kids yelling at their moms over the headset. Thank god for craptovision and their subpar MW3

LAnoirFAN
LAnoirFAN

and i thought my iq is low ....

mellowtrauma
mellowtrauma

Perhaps if Battlefield was a more engaging game, it might have the popularity that COD has. I mean, I think it's rather sad that people are more willing to shell out extra cash for a pretty pointless add-on, than to just pick up Battlefield, that was suppose to have trounced on the "EVIL" Activision empire. Even with all of the marketing, all the mud slinging (Above and Beyond the Call), EVEN PUTTING A RELEASE DATE RIGHT BEFORE CoD'S!!! THIS GAME STILL COULD. NOT. PREFORM!!! I find this funny and a big middle finger to all you battlefield lovers out there. Maybe if you continue to throw your insults and name calling around, it might make a difference, it might make Battlefield a better game....wait...no, it won't.

joder666
joder666

@brucecambell LMAO!!! Damn true.

tonyhawksP8
tonyhawksP8

1 million less people playing BF3 I hope, although I do need willing bullet shields. I'm suprised that none of these million damned souls have shown themselves, maybe they're burying their shame.

ErikElfEar
ErikElfEar

I felt.... a disturbance in the force.... It's as if a million people cried out in terror, and then suddenly face-palmed.

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

This is sad for anyone who enjoy games for a reasonable price... The trend will now start...

Xandoom
Xandoom

You make us shell out $60 for the game, $15 for 5 maps (multiple times), and now this?! HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU NEED!?!

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

Great; a million IDIOTS who are unwittingly DESTROYING gaming as we know it. Keep going, ninnies, the more Wall Street types you attract to this industry the faster it DIES.

brucecambell
brucecambell

1st mistake: you bought mw3, Second mistake: you bought cod elite. WOW so instead of putting money towards other superior games you spent $120 on crap. You could have bought 2 other superior games with that money. No wonder devs are shutting down sutdios these days. Make great games, lose all your sales to cod . . . . then lose more money to cod services. No wonder the game industry is going to sh*t. Yall should be ashamed.

kex72
kex72

Well now I'm sad...