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Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 has passed 25 million players in five days

The free-to-play battle royale mode launched on November 16.

Chris Kerr

November 22, 2022

1 Min Read

Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 has pulled in over 25 million players in five days.

Activision Blizzard broke the news on social media, with the milestone coming less than a week after the freemium battle royale mode launched on November 16, 2022.

Launched shortly after Modern Warfare II, which earned over $1 billion in 10 days, Warzone 2.0 is the second iteration of the companion battle royale shooter that can be accessed for free and allows players to duke it out in teams or alone across a variety of game modes.

The arrival of Modern Warfare II wasn't without controversy, however, with Activision Blizzard initially requiring some players to leverage a controversial "SMS Protect" two-factor authentication system that didn't support pre-paid phone plans.

The publisher has since tweaked the system, which also covers Overwatch 2, to accept pre-paid phone plans globally in a bid to "welcome more players" into the fold.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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