Posted on January 3, 2011, Phil Hornshaw 20 Million Black Ops Players Log 600 Million Multiplayer Hours
That’s right, all you Call of Duty: Black Ops nerds out there have wasted about the equivalent of 951 lifetimes (seriously — I did the math, it’s like 68,493 years) virtually killing each other instead of anything else, according to a bunch of insane figures released by Activision.
Add it to the Black Ops record books. Black Ops has only been out since Nov. 9, garnering such a huge following in only two months. It works out to be about 30 hours logged per person playing Black Ops, but certainly a lot of those people are more like us and have considerably more hours under their belts. The game has seen 10 million gameplay hours logged each day. That’s a lot of Call of Duty.
VG247 threw down some comparison numbers between Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2: Activision announced 25 million players for that game four months after its release — only five million more players over twice as much time. And Black Ops bested MW2 in pretty much every other category. Black Ops became the Biggest Entertainment Launch ever by selling 5.6 million units on Day 1 in the U.S. and U.K., and after five days, it had made $100 million more than MW2 — $650 million to $550 million.
Oh, and Black Ops has already raked in $1 billion in global sales.