Activision Blizzard

Chris Nuttall

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 sold 6.1m copies in the US alone in November, according to the monthly video game sales figures just released by the NPD research firm.

That’s three times the 2m in sales in November 2008 of the previous title in the series – Call of Duty: World at War. The game had already broken records with the biggest sales at launch on November 10 of any entertainment property, when around 3.5m units were shifted in the first 24 hours in the US. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Activision Blizzard may have the biggest selling game of all time at launch on its hands with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but the performance of two other key franchises is under scrutiny.

Tony Hawk: Ride, was released today , with a new skateboard accessory. It follows the October 27 launch of DJ Hero, an extension of the Guitar Hero franchise, using model turntables rather than instruments. Read more

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