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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Sells Better Than Black Ops 4, And Microtransactions Sales Are Up

Modern Warfare is a sales juggernaut.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was 2019's best-selling game in the United States, and now Activision Blizzard has shared more details on how big of a success the game was.

As part of the company's earnings report today, Activision Blizzard disclosed that Modern Warfare unit sell-through increased by a "double-digit percentage" compared to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 the year prior. Game sales grew across PC and console. For PC specifically, sales on jumped by 50 percent compared to Black Ops 4.

Additionally, Activision Blizzard said digital sales for Modern Warfare amounted to nearly 50 percent of all copies sold. That's good news for the publisher, as the company makes more money from a digital sale compared to a physical sale which requires a physical disc and physical distribution fees.

Another positive for Modern Warfare is that microtransaction sales--which are called "in-game net bookings"--jumped by a double-digital percentage over Black Ops 4. Notably, Modern Warfare has a substantial ongoing microtransaction revenue model with its Battle Pass.

In other Call of Duty news, Activision Blizzard confirmed that the free-to-play Call of Duty Mobile surpassed 150 million downloads.

Activision also confirmed a new Call of Duty game for 2020, but the firm declined to share which studio is working on it. However, the company did say it expects this title will not sell as well as Modern Warfare.

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