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Call of Duty: Mobile has 500 million downloads, $1 billion in player spending since 2019

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Call of Duty: Mobile has crossed 500 million downloads worldwide since its launch in October 2019. The mobile game has also crossed $1 billion in player spending, said Rob Kostich, president of Activision, during the earnings call of parent company Activision Blizzard on Tuesday.

The recent Tokyo Escape expansion is the highest-grossing expansion so far, Kostich said. Both Call of Duty: Mobile and Call of Duty: Warzone have tripled the monthly active users of Call of Duty to more than 150 million in the past couple of years. Those players are spending money in seasonal content in those games, and they’re also purchasing the premium Call of Duty game, pushing last fall’s Call of Duty: Black Ops — Cold War to new records.

Kostich said in a recent interview that the 0Call of Duty franchise has sold more than 400 million copies sold to date.

There have been 19 different Call of Duty games since 2003, if you count both the free-to-play battle royale Warzone, which has been downloaded 100 million times, and Call of Duty: Mobile, which has been downloaded 300 million times. The franchise isn’t fatigued yet, and it has made it through some difficult times, such as the departure of its founding developers as Call of Duty went multi-studio development. It made the leap to free-to-play and its premium version is still selling extraordinarily well.

Above: Call of Duty: Mobile.

Image Credit: Activision

Activision recently confirmed that Toys for Bob, the Skylanders and Crash Bandicoot studio, is helping with this year’s Call of Duty.

I’ve long wondered what Activision’s vision and strategy are for the franchise. I got some answers from Kostich. He’s been thinking about the metaverse, the universe of virtual worlds that are all interconnected, like in novels such as Snow Crash and Ready Player One. And he’s been contemplating how to get us to come back to some part of Call of Duty, whether it’s Warzone or a mobile platform, every day of the year.

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