Everyone knows Call of Duty is one of the most popular gaming franchises around, but now that Activision has announced the total number of sales we can see the true scale of things. Over 250 million copies of the games have been sold worldwide since 2003. It’s also been the top-selling franchise in North America for the past seven years, though different games take up that mantle, with last year’s being Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

“Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was the top selling title of 2015 globally by a wide-margin in both units and dollars sold-thru,” said Rob Kostich, senior vice president and general manager for Call of Duty at Activision.

“This also marks the seventh year in a row that Call of Duty has been the #1 selling franchise in North America, according to NPD. In fact, Call of Duty has surpassed 250 million units sold life-to-date worldwide. This achievement is thanks to the amazing experiences created by all of our development teams, and would not be possible without the incredible passion from the Call of Duty community. We congratulate Treyarch on creating an incredibly engaging and an enormously fun game with Black Ops 3 and look forward to what’s to come in 2016,” Kostich added.

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