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Call of Duty Franchise Has Earned $27 Billion in Revenue

Call of Duty Franchise Has Earned $27 Billion in Revenue - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 July 2021 / 6,807 Views

Call of Duty has been one of the most successful video game franchises for over 10 years now. Its annual releases have topped the charts and with the release of Call of Duty: Warzone its popularity has grown even more in 2020. 

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick in a call with investors has revealed the Call of Duty franchise has earned $27 billion in revenue. This includes money generated with game sales, DLC, microtransactions, and more. 

"[Call of Duty is] one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time," said Kotick.

Call of Duty Franchise Has Earned $27 Billion in Revenue

The Call of Duty franchise had more than 100 million monthly active users when you combine the number of players on the premium and free-to-play titles. 

The next premium entry in the series is expected to launch in Q4 2021. This isn't s surprise as the series has seen annual releases for a long time now. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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10 Comments
VGChartz_gamrConnect (on 05 February 2021)

here is the cod revenue history
2009 11.28 reached $3 billion
2011 11.18 reached $6 billion
2014 11.21 over $10 billion
2015 2.6 retail revenue reaches $11 billion
2016 1.16 reached 15 billion (from now on, the number includes DLC, season pass, microtransactions)
2019 1.10 "higher than total box office of marvel universe” (no detailed number, but we can guess the total revenue was $21-22 billion here)
2021 2.5 reach $27 billion (2020 earned $3 billion)

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It's a lot of money. But for a yearly release franchise, it actually seems kind of low. Especially for a multiplatform series.

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StokedUp (on 05 February 2021)

And Activision were laying people off last year. They've got enough money to pay people's wages for 100 of years.

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Azzanation StokedUp (on 05 February 2021)

Just the CEO himself can achieve that.

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VAMatt StokedUp (on 07 February 2021)

As a public company, they have a moral (and legal, to some extent) obligation to maximize returns to shareholders. So, laying off unneeded people is essentially required.

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gtotheunit91 (on 05 February 2021)

Jesus! And to think I remember seeing commercials of the original games thinking they were just Medal of Honor ripoffs that could just be dumb fun lol

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 07 February 2021)

They need to regroup and do 2 years release so they could generate more quality content like ubisoft did with the ac franchise...

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Summerset (on 07 February 2021)

Activision is the worst.

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Azzanation (on 05 February 2021)

That is a crazy amount. This franchise has earnt that much money it could buy a few corporations in itself.

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SvenTheTurkey Azzanation (on 07 February 2021)

But that's revenue. You can probably subtract 200-300 million per game to determine how much is profit. Still a lot. But not the full 27 billion.

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