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1 million gamers pay for Call of Duty Elite despite issues


Call of Duty Elite may have stumbled out of the starting gate, but a whole lot of people are still willing to pay for access to the new online game network.

It seems the ongoing problems with Activision's new "Call of Duty" social network hasn't stopped gamers from paying for the new service.

Activision announced Tuesday that more than 1 million people paid for a premium membership to Call of Duty Elite in the first six days it was available. The annual membership costs $50.

Call of Duty Elite offers players a variety of community features — skills tracking, video sharing and multiplayer match-making, among other things. And it comes with both the $50 premium membership as well as a free membership option.

Activision announced that 4 million people total have signed up for a membership and more than 3 million log in daily. Meanwhile, members have created more than 80,000 Elite clans and have uploaded 100,000 user-generated videos.

Elite launched on Nov. 8 — the same day as "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" — but problems have plagued the service ever since then with many gamers having issues registering and staying connected to Elite, and PC gamers wondering when and if they will ever have access to the service.

In fact, as of today — two weeks after Elite's launch — the status page for the service says it is still "intermittent."

But the problem, said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, is that so many people have signed up for Call of Duty Elite.

"The demand for Call of Duty Elite at launch was so overwhelming that, for the first several days, the service did not perform up to our or our fans' standards," Hirshberg said in Tuesday's announcement. "I want to personally thank our fans for their patience. Our teams have been working around the clock to get the service scaled up to meet demand."

And though the Elite status page says it is "intermittent," Hirshberg added, "I'm very pleased to announce today that the service is now performing stably and anyone who wants to try Call of Duty Elite is now able to do so."

What have you Elite subscribers found: Is the service working ... and worthwhile ... for you?

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