There’s been a lot of bad news in the press lately regarding Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 developers Infinity Ward and its parent company Activision. The founders of Infinity Ward have been fired for insubordination and are suing Activision, which is in turn suing them right back. It’s ugly. Then again, it’s to be expected in a way. The Call of Duty franchises is one of the most popular, profitable video game series in a long, long time, and when so much money is involved it’s only natural that there will be some disputes over who gets how much of it.
As an illustration of how popular the game is, Infinity Ward’s community manager Robert Bowling just revealed through his Twitter account that 25 million unique users have played Modern Warfare 2, making it one of the most popular online games of all time. That’s across all versions of the game (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC) and doesn’t necessarily mean that 25 million copies have been sold (gamers playing on a friend’s copy of the game would be counted as unique users). But no matter how you break it down, that’s a huge number and it’s no surprise that people are fighting over the money the game is bringing in.