Activision Publishing’s Call of Duty and Skylanders Continue to Top NPD
Charts For 2013
Call of Duty: Ghosts #1 Top-Selling Next Gen Title; Call of Duty #1 Franchise
for the Last Five Years
Skylanders #1 Kids Video Game Franchise for Second Consecutive Year; Takes #3
Spot for Overall Video Game Franchise in 2013
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- January 17, 2014
Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard,
Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), announced today that Call of Duty® and Skylanders®
continue to top U.S. NPD charts for 2013. Call of Duty: Ghosts was the #1
best-selling title overall in December, and the #1 best-selling next gen title
of 2013 on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4; Call of Duty was the #1 franchise
for the fifth year in a row in both software units and dollars in the U.S.,
according to the NPD Group¹. Additionally, Skylanders SWAP Force was the #2
best-selling title overall in December; Skylanders was the #1 best-selling
kids video game franchise of 2013 in the U.S. for the second consecutive year,
and the #3 video game franchise overall for the year in the U.S., according to
the NPD Group and including toys and accessories^2.
“Call of Duty: Ghosts is the #1 best-selling next gen launch title on both
Xbox One and PS4, and for the second year in a row Skylanders was the #1
top-selling kids video game franchise,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision
Publishing, Inc. “This consumer response to both Call of Duty: Ghosts and
Skylanders speaks to the deep connection both franchises have made with fans,
which fuels our commitment to delivering great games time and again.”
The latest two Skylanders games -- Skylanders Giants^TM and Skylanders SWAP
Force^TM – both ranked in the top 5 of kids video games in 2013^2. In
addition, both Call of Duty and Skylanders have two of the top 10 best-selling
titles for the year in the U.S.
Released in November on both current generation and next generation platforms,
Call of Duty: Ghosts ushered in the next generation of the blockbuster
franchise. The game also is the #1 first person action game of the year in the
U.S. and the #1 most played multiplayer title currently for Xbox 360 on Xbox
Live online entertainment network from Microsoft. Developed by Infinity Ward,
the title is rated "M" for Mature (Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence,
Strong Language) by the ESRB. For more information, please visit
www.callofduty.com/ghosts, www.facebook.com/CODGhosts, or follow on
The award-winning, billion dollar^2 Skylanders franchise continued to innovate
the toys-to-life category in October 2013 by introducing a new mix-and-match
play pattern with the launch of Skylanders SWAP Force for current generation
and handheld platforms and was available day-and-date with next generation
platforms. Skylanders SWAP Force was one of the highest rated kids’ games of
2013 and was hailed as “4 stars (out of 4)” by USA Today^3 and “The Best
Skylanders Game Yet” by Forbes.com^4. The latest group of Skylanders SWAP
Force toys arrived on store shelves at the beginning of the year, introducing
Portal Masters to new favorite heroes such as Stink Bomb, Spy Rise,
Smolderdash and more. For more information, visit www.skylanders.com.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a
leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive
entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, the
United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway,
Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, mainland China and the
region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be
found on the company’s website, www.activision.com.
ACTIVISION, SKYLANDERS, SKYLANDERS SWAP FORCE, SKYLANDERS GIANTS, CALL OF
DUTY, and CALL OF DUTY GHOSTS are trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc.
All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective
^1 Based on revenue and software units sold, according to The NPD, through
^2 Based on revenue, according to The NPD Group including toys and accessory
packs, through December 2013 in the U.S.
^3 From USA Today, October 20, 2013 © 2013 Gannett-USAToday. All rights
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