Activision has lost about 50 million active Call of Duty players in one year

Activision has lost about 50 million active Call of Duty players in one year

Call of Duty is having a rough 2022, and the rate at which it is losing players is perplexing, and gloating, for the entire video game community.While some hope that the next Call of Duty game can revive the franchise, there is growing evidence that it is losing players at a rather alarming rate at the moment.
In fact, it seems that what Call of Duty players have been complaining about over the past year is causing quite a few of them to abandon the games in the series entirely.There was a time not too long ago when Call of Duty: Warzone was one of the most popular games on the market.
It was so popular that it helped the Call of Duty franchise break some impressive milestones.
There was a time when the series was grossing up to 150 million players a month.
However, while the number of players used to aspire to the stratosphere, it is now plummeting.According to Activision's first investor report for 2022, the number of Call of Duty game users declined precipitously throughout 2021 and 2022.
In just one year, the number of game users dropped by more than 50 million per month.
While the number of players in the games is still something that many developers would envy, it's the rate of decline that should worry Activision.The drop in player numbers is the steepest since Call of Duty: Warzone was released in 2020.
Activision Blizzard attributes this drop to two factors.
The first is that interest in Call of Duty: Vanguard is simply waning, according to the company.
The company also acknowledged that people are jumping off the Warzone scaffolding faster than in years past.Since Warzone is a free-to-play game, its share of the blame for the Call of Duty franchise's problems is likely exaggerated when compared to Vanguard's impact on struggling player numbers.
Fans have long expressed their dissatisfaction with Warzone and demanded a real sequel to boost interest in the game.It turns out that Warzone 2 is coming in the not too distant future, and apparently Activision is counting on the game's release to help turn the tide on falling sales and player numbers.
If that's not enough, Infinity Ward is also working on a sequel to the 2019 Modern Warfare reboot.
Whether this will really cause the Call of Duty franchise to rise, and soon enough, is an open question.

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