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Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 rakes in $310M in one day of sales in the U.S. and U.K.

Activision's recent launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was an overwhelming success, with one-day sales in the United States and United Kingdom raking in an estimated $310 million USD.

In the first 24 hours of launch, Activision estimates it sold 4.7 million copies of the video game.

The video game industry has struggled for more than six months consecutively, with some game executives unsure if the 2009 holiday shopping season would save the industry.  Activision has certainly done its part, with no other games scheduled for release in 2009 expected to come anywhere near the latest CoD video game debut.

Furthermore, November game sales are expected to rebound -- directly because of the Activision game launch -- though no other blockbuster game titles are expected any time soon.

The 2008 launch of Take Two's Grand Theft Auto IV racked up 3.6 million units in sales in the first 24 hours, with game industry analysts anticipating a CoD game launch just as big.

Hollywood blockbusters can make up to $60 million opening weekend, but it's rare to find a video game smash Hollywood movie debuts.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is available for around $60 on Microsoft-powered Windows PCs, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles.

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And I thought Jason Mick was sensationalist...
By Boze on 11/13/2009 9:02:56 AM , Rating: 1
some game executives unsure if the 2009 holiday shopping season would save the industry

Yes, because the entire video games industry's survival is riding on the 2009 holiday season. What a crock of b.s. The video games industry is doing better than a lot of other industries, and it certainly isn't in danger of every single firm shutting its doors.

RE: And I thought Jason Mick was sensationalist...
By tmouse on 11/13/2009 9:25:07 AM , Rating: 2
I failed to see where it said the ENTIRE industry would shut down, the facts are while the industry is doing better that some other industries (a point that is completely meaningless btw) SOME companies are doing worse than others and the 2009 holiday season may not help them. The holiday season is generally a very important time in any sales industry. Some will shut down others will lay off people which will postpone or cancel development of some games, other projects may never get started if there is a bad holiday season. That's what the quote was saying and it seems perfectly reasonable to me.

RE: And I thought Jason Mick was sensationalist...
By invidious on 11/13/2009 10:27:31 AM , Rating: 1
Read between the lines all you want, he is commenting on what it says, and he put the quote in his comment. It clearly refers to the industry and not the quarterly or yearly budgets of the industry.

Furthermore its clear from your comment that you agree with him and your are just arguing symantics, so I might as well join in the fun.

By tmouse on 11/13/2009 2:56:44 PM , Rating: 3
He seems to interpret the quote as "if the 2009 holiday season is not good then the gaming industry will just dry up and die". This is quite simply a foolish interpretation. It is VERY common to use the term "save the industry" to mean an overall growth for the year or a loss. They have had 6 months of decline, IF the 2009 season is not good then it will not "save the industry". Not meaning everyone will close shop and it will no longer exist (although for some smaller shops that will happen) but 2009 will go down as a bad year. Do you actually think that the holiday season is not a VERY important time for sales of games? from September on is the time many of the must have games are released, to be on the shelves and on lists for the holiday season. Sure the hard core gamers get them the first day but the majority of the sales over a games lifetime come within the first holiday season after its release. Now day 1 can have the most sales for a blockbuster but for the majority of games it's the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas where the money is made. I highly doubt an executive would predict the end of the entire gaming industry. If the holiday season is poor it WILL effect budgets and game releases and force the cancelations of unnamed projects, if it's good the industry will be "saved" not from extinction but projects on hold will be reconsidered, more titles releases will be started and maybe even more hires instead of cuts. THAT would be a more sane interpretation.

By MrBlastman on 11/13/2009 1:48:34 PM , Rating: 2
No it is not. The Video Game industry is having a _very_ hard year. I have heard figures of sales being down over 30%. It is getting massacred; where do you get this idea that it is doing well?

Video Games are what people spend disposable income on. The consumer savings rate is over 5% (it used to be negative). That means they are spending less of their disposable income. Video games, thus, have suffered.

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