Call of Duty Elite paid users to get 30 days of extra service

Call of Duty Elite, the newly launched online community and statistic service for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 players, has had its share of post-launch problems since the service went live on Tuesday for Xbox 360 and PS3 owners. Publisher Activision has admitted that it was unprepared for the sheer number of players that have signed on to use the service. So far Activision has declined to say exactly how many players have signed up for Call of Duty Elite.

Today the service's official web site offered up a new status update with Activision saying, "At launch, our registration and login systems were crushed by gamers trying to enter the Elite site at the same time. We have now fixed the registration and login systems, but we have found that the greater than expected demand is crashing servers. We’re immediately deploying multiple additional servers to beef up the system. We are also going to temporarily limit access to Elite services on both the console applications and website while we build additional capacity and scale. We’ll look to increase access to greater numbers of users as soon as possible."

While Call of Duty Elite can be accessed for free, there is a premium version that gives users access to more features and content for a fee. Activision said that those premium users will now get 30 additional days for free as compensation for the post-launch sign up issues. People who also want to sign up as Founders now have until the end of the month to do so. They will also get the free 30 days of extra premium service.

With Activision's launch issues with Call of Duty Elite, combined with its Blizzard division admitting earlier this week it has lost over 1 million subscribers for its World of Warcraft MMO in the last six months, there definitely seems to be some growing pains that the nation's biggest third party game publisher has to deal with.

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