Activision’s financial results, presented last Monday (25), revealed that Call of Duty lost about 50 million players in the last year. The drop coincides with a troubled year for the publisher, where lawsuits against sexual abuse at its studios and the backlash of CoD: Vanguard took over social media.
The numbers, compared to the same period in 2021, equate to a decrease of approximately one third of monthly active users registered in the last 12 months. Currently, the company has 100 million monthly active players in strictly Call of Duty titles, with emphasis on more recent games such as Cold War, Warzone and Vanguard.
It is estimated that the players’ abandonment was driven not only by the accusations against Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, but also by the negative reception of Call of Duty: Vanguard – 3.6 rating from fans on Metacritic. The company is currently overseen by Microsoft as a result of a recent acquisition worth around $70 billion.
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