The Continued Popularity Of Call Of Duty Online

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's record-breaking, first-day sales are impressive, but almost more impressive is the life these Call of Duty games seem to have online.

This morning I hopped online to see how the past four-year's worth of Call of Duty games were doing online. Yes, people still do play the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. I did the same thing at the beginning of the year, to see how the games were doing. Let's compare.

Each of these games show the current number of online players when you log in to find a match on the Xbox 360. I happen to only have all of these games on this platform, so I wasn't able to check out the PC or PS3. Here's what I found:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 had 776,152 people logged in on November 11. Last year's Treyarch-developed game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, had 196,648 players logged in. The previous Infinity Ward-developed game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 still had 62,541 people playing it. Remember, that's a two-year-old game and it's a weekday. Call of Duty: World at War, a game set during World War II, still had 5800 people playing it. Finally, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the game that helped propel the series into the stratosphere, was being played by 3309 people four years after the game was released. Not bad.

Back in January of this year I had the same idea of looking at how many people were still playing this dated Call of Duty titles. One evening on January 30, I logged into all four Call of Duty games, from the original Modern Warfare to the then most recent Black Ops to see how many were playing. Comparing those numbers from almost a year ago to today's, I'm a little surprised how little they have changed.

Here's a quick run down:

Black Ops: 757,237 Modern Warfare 2: 174,059 World at War: 15,079 Modern Warfare: 15,361

The biggest drop off seems to be with that original Modern Warfare which was still pulling in relatively huge numbers back in January, but now is down to something a bit more predictable for a four-year-old game.

What's it all mean? Well judging by these numbers, it looks like the series has a strong fanbase that like to stick around.


    Why has there been so much coverage of MW3, even articles that don't really make full articles...

      In all honesty I would imagine that Kotaku (or Gawker) really love MW3 or they were paid for a certain amount of articles, but I'm betting the latter

    Counter-Strike '99 60,000 Nuff Said

      Source, or 1.6?

      Also, e-sports factor. It's a bit different.

        cs 1.6 (hence the '99)
        the only reason it is an e-sport is due to its popularity and success. they dont make games that suck e-sports

      1.6 FTW!!!!

    Last night I was too tired to play something immersive like Skyrim so I played Modern Warfare 3 because it's mindless fun.

    Halo 3: 5000 weekdays, 10000ish weekends.
    Same 4 years old game.

    I can't speak for anyone else, but I keep playing CoD online because it's FUN. I'm sick of this elitist CoD vs BF3 bullshit that's been flying around lately.

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