Call of Duty Elite userbase tops 10 million

Activision has revealed that its Call of Duty Elite service has reached the 10 million user mark since its inception in November 2011.

Two million of the userbase consists of premium paid members, with the Call of Duty franchise boasting 40 million active users per month. Modern Warfare 3 alone has raked in a staggering 1.6 billion hours of online gameplay.

Speaking in the publisher’s quarterly financial report this week, Activision boss Bobby Kotick noted the firm’s performance was “better than expected,” despite net revenue for the last three months being down $1.17 billion.

Said Kotick: “On May 15 Blizzard Entertainment will release the highly anticipated Diablo 3 and we are proud to report that pre-orders for the game worldwide have set a new record for Blizzard.”

"For the remainder of 2012 and beyond, our product pipeline includes some of the most innovative games we have ever developed for our established franchises, including Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and all new MMORPG game, as well as Activision Publishing’s Skylander’s Giants, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and a new universe from Bungie.”

“Our high-quality brands, industry leading operational capabilities and solid balance sheet should enable us to continue to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded by the expanding interactive entertainment market and deliver continued superior returns to our shareholders,” he added.