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Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package sells 2.5 copies in first week

Posted by: Chuck at 4/7/2010 3:31 PM
Despite some initial problems getting the Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package up and working correctly Activision announced today that they have sold 2.5 million copies of the DLC since it went live last week.  Keep in mind that this is only for the Xbox 360 version of the content and they will probably be doubling that when the content is available for the PlayStation 3 and PC.

That's $37.5 million in revenue for a map pack that contained three new maps and two updates of maps from the first Modern Warfare game.   I can't imagine that the development cost for the maps was more than $500,00 at most (including QA and testing) so that's a lot of profit. 

What's scary about this is the fact that gamers have now proven they'll pay big bucks for big name DLC.  The map pack was priced at $15 which is outrageous considering how little original content was in the package.  I hate to be such a downer but this may be an inflection point in the DLC market.   I hope I'm wrong but time will probably prove me right..  
 


ALL OF DUTY®: MODERN WARFARE® 2 STIMULUS PACKAGE

SETS NEW XBOX LIVE RECORD



More than One Million Gamers Download Modern Warfare 2 Map Pack

In First 24 Hours





Santa Monica, CA – April 7, 2010 – Microsoft today confirmed that last week’s release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package shattered Xbox LIVE® records as more than one million gamers worldwide downloaded the new map pack from Activision and Infinity Ward in the first 24 hours alone, surpassing the 2.5 million mark within the first week.



The map pack add-on, now available only on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, extends the action-packed online entertainment experience with five multiplayer maps. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 from Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is rated “M” (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Language.



Xbox LIVE is the largest Call of Duty community of any entertainment system. According to Microsoft, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 players have invested more than 1.75 billion hours of gameplay on Xbox LIVE alone since the title’s release in November, which is equal to more than 200,000 years of gameplay playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. For more information, visit www.xbox.com/en-US/games/splash/c/callofdutymodernwarfare2/. For more Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 information, go to www.modernwarfare2.com.



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