Following the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Activision has revealed that the Call of Duty franchise’s net bookings have surpassed $3 billion in the last 12 months alone.

Net bookings, according to Activision, are “an operating metric that is defined as the net amount of products and services sold digitally or sold-in physically in the period, and includes license fees, merchandise, and publisher incentives, among others, and is equal to net revenues excluding the impact from deferrals.”

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In 2020, Call of Duty’s net bookings saw an increase of 80% year-over-year, with units sold through also increasing by 40%. Furthermore, Activision revealed that over 200 million people have played a game in the Call of Duty franchise in 2020.

On console and PC, Call of Duty has seen its biggest player count in recorded history for the franchise, and November 2020 was the biggest November ever in terms for monthly players and hours played.

Call of Duty: Warzone, which is free-to-play, was a big factor in these numbers and has seen a player count of over 85 million since its launch on March 10, 2020.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has a ton of support on the way, and Season One is set to be released on December 16. This update will include the integration of Black Ops Cold War content into Warzone, and includes new maps, modes, challenges, and more.

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Source: IGN Video Games All

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