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Activision Blizzard reported that its bookings for the third quarter ended September 30 fell 3% to $1.83 billion compared to a year ago. But that news was overshadowed by some positive news this morning: In Q4 so far, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II has sold more than $1 billion worth in its first 10 days on the market.
Analysts had expected the Santa Monica, California-based company to hit bookings of $1.7 billion for the quarter. Activision confirmed it will have a premium Call of Duty game launching in 2023.
Activision Blizzard’s net bookings were $1.83 billion, as compared with $1.88 billion for the third quarter of 2021.
For the quarter ended September 30, 2022, overall Activision Blizzard monthly active users (MAUs) were 368 million, down from 390 million a year earlier.
The company also reiterated it expects that its sale to Microsoft for $68.5 billion at $95 a share will close by the end of Microsoft’s fiscal year on June 30, 2023.
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