Call of Duty Elite reaches 1 million paid users in first six days

Activision looks like it has a new and major online service on its hands. Today the publisher announced that it has registered over 1 million premium subscribers for its Call of Duty Elite stats and community service in its first six days since its launch on November 8. The premium version of the service cost $49.95 for a year for Xbox 360 and PS3 owners of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.

Activision points out that it took a number of other popular online services a year to reach the one million paid subscriber mark, including Netflix, Microsoft's Xbox Live, and Hulu Plus. Activision says that a total of 4 million people have registered for Call of Duty Elite, which provides detailed multiplayer stats and other content for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 players.

As we have reported before, the service has also had to deal with a lot of post-launch issues due in part to the massive amount of people who were signing onto Call of Duty Elite. In today's press release, Activision Publishing's CEO Eric Hirshberg admitted to the service's post-release problems but added, "I'm very pleased to announce today that the service is now performing stably and anyone who wants to try Call of Duty Elite is now able to do so." PC players of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 will be able to access their own version of Call of Duty Elite in the near future but it will be a free service only without access to some of the features that will be available to the premium Xbox 360 and PS3 owners.

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Hardcore Til I Die said,
Bungie have offered a similar thing for years and years for free with the Halo games.
Bungie have always innovated, or atleast tried to. And love their fans, Activision lost their fans money, that's it.

Xerax said,
Bungie have always innovated, or atleast tried to. And love their fans, Activision lost their fans money, that's it.
Activision love their fans money*

Xerax said,
Bungie have always innovated, or atleast tried to. And love their fans, Activision lost their fans money, that's it.

I know, and even when Bungie release paid for content they tend to give you a free taste. For example, with the rendered videos feature you can render one video per month for free.

Hopefully the discounts that you may receive are greater in value than what you actually ended up paying. Hopefully they have a lot of available Paid DLC to keep you buying if you actually make up the $50.00 in value I doubt it.

TF2 is successful because they did this tastefully, but your not paying a yearly subscription either your paying per item. CoD and BF3 I expect it to go bad... real bad.

brink668 said,
Hopefully the discounts that you may receive are greater in value than what you actually ended up paying. Hopefully they have a lot of available Paid DLC to keep you buying if you actually make up the $50.00 in value I doubt it.

TF2 is successful because they did this tastefully, but your not paying a yearly subscription either your paying per item. CoD and BF3 I expect it to go bad... real bad.

Probably just ramp up the prices of DLC next

Maybe I have some problem but, I definitely didn't see the point of CoD Elite. Is it only a social network that you are able to see you stats, carrer, ratio, kills, etc?? I know that if you pay for the premium you'll receive discounts in DLC, extras, etc, but, is that all ??

It's a good deal as you get all future DLC included and at the average rate for DLC you are actually saving money. If you don't want it that's fine, no need to ridicule people that do have it. I myself might be getting it here shortly.

If they are including the numbers from the Call of Duty premium edition that included the subscription for $100 then I'm suprised it took them six days to reach that number and not 6 minutes.

The question is how many of the idio i mean sheep will buy this after the first year.

This is horrendous. They make a billion + per game profit ... or damn near if not... and yet they're not feeling they have to rip people off like this? I'm all for big business and profit, but this is disgusting. Good thing I don't play Call of Duty anymore. Not that I'd buy that crap anyway.