NPD: October Video Game Sales Saved by ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II’

The video game industry avoided its 12th straight month of revenue declines after the latest October numbers came in at $4.71 billion in total consumer spending — equal to the previous-year period, according to The NPD Group.

The savior? Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. The latest release in the lucrative “Call of Duty” franchise helped up game software sales 2% to $3.7 billion, from $3.62 billion a year ago. Hardware sales dropped 10% to $424 million, from $468.8 million a year earlier, while accessory revenue declined 8% to $148 million, from $160.8 million.

The top-selling video game console was Sony’s PlayStation 5, while the PlayStation 5 DualSense Wireless Controller Midnight Black was the top-selling accessory.

Through 10 months of the year, total consumer video game spending was down 7% to $42.7 billion, from $45.9 billion. Console revenue dipped 2% to $3.8 billion, from $3.87 billion, while accessory revenue dropped 12% to $1.72 billion, from $1.95 billion. Game software sales dropped 8% to $37.19 billion, from $40.4 billion.

Video Game ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II’ Tops $1 Billion in Sales After 10 Days

Activision’s newest video game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, continues to smash franchise sales records, topping $1 billion in worldwide revenue in the first 10 days of its release on Oct. 28, according to the game publisher. The tally tops the previous franchise record of 15 days set in 2012 by Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Modern Warfare II also broke the franchise’s 72-hour sales record of $800 million.

Activision said player engagement has exceeded more than 200 million hours and over 1 billion matches across PlayStation, Xbox and PC platforms since the title’s release.

“The incredible momentum driving Modern Warfare II [sales] is a direct reflection of the energy and passion of the Call of Duty community,” Johanna Faries, GM of Call of Duty, said in a statement.

Activision releases Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 on Nov. 16.

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