According to Activision/Blizzard, gamers have purchased over 20 million map packs for Call of Duty games since the launch of the franchise.
"The Call of Duty franchise is unique in the world of entertainment and delivers one of the best multiplayer experiences ever," said Robert Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard in a statement. "We are thrilled to deliver to fans exciting and engaging content that has the intensity they have come to expect from the franchise."
The first Call of Duty came out way back in 2003, and the series (as I'm sure you know) is among the most influential, important franchises in gaming history.
...So apparently those gamers calling for a boycott of Modern Warfare 2 over the price of the map packs, or the lack of dedicated servers, or insert-gripe-here didn't have much of an effect on sales. Not that I blame anyone -- Call of Duty is the gold standard of multiplayer, so if you're into shooters, you sort of have to play this game, no matter what the map-packs cost and who sets up the servers. In a way, Activision/Infinity Ward has created such a tight game that they have you over a barrel. The big question: In five years, will the franchise still be as big? With the main dudes at Infinity Ward having left, will Activision be able to continue carrying the torch?