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The NPD numbers are in for 2007 and it looks like Activision has come out on top as the year’s top publisher in North America. This marks the first time in the last fifteen years of the company’s history that it has taken the top honors, stated Activision CEO Robert Kotick.
Kotick also stated that by the end of this fiscal year (this coming March), we will see the company’s most profitable year ever. This comes as no surprise to anyone who’s been keeping an eye on the numbers (particularly within the last two months), as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare held the number one sales spot for November and December of last year while Guitar Hero 2 and 3 both secured their places in the top 5.
Activision took three spots in the overall top-sellers for the year, with Call of Duty 4 coming in third, Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock at fourth and Guitar Hero 2 in eighth place. The company has the Guitar Hero franchise in particular to thank as due to the sales of the previously mentioned titles, along with Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80’s, it has become the best-selling franchise of 2007.
This is surely just a taste of things to come in 2008, as the recent merger with Blizzard will no doubt earn Activision even bigger numbers the next time around.