According to data released by the NPD Group, a market research company that monitors retail video game sales, Activision Publishing’s Call of Duty series is the top-selling U.S. video game franchise for the fifth year in a row, with November release Call of Duty: Ghosts the top-selling game of December 2013. The game was the number one selling title overall for that month and was the number one title on both Xbox One and Playstation 4, topping Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 4.
Activision’s Skylanders series, which melds gaming with collectible toys, was also the top-selling series for kids for the second year in a row and the number three video game franchise in overall sales when including toys and accessories. New entry Skylanders: SWAP Force, was the number two earning game in December when including toys and accessory packs.
“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.”