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San Francisco - The military video game Black Ops 2 conquered gamers around the world on its first day of release, raking in about $500m dollars, publisher Activision Blizzard said on Friday.

The game, which is the latest instalment in the Call of Duty franchise, is set in the near future and requires players to battle a terrorist organisation that has taken control of US high-tech war machines. The game is available for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles as well as on Windows PCs and Nintendo's new Wii U console which launches this weekend.

Activision said that millions of fans attended more than 16 000 midnight openings on Wednesday and had viewed the YouTube trailer for the game over 30 million times since its release on 29 October. Activision said that for the fourth straight year the release of the Call of Duty game had marked the biggest entertainment launch of the year.

"With first day sales of over half a billion dollars worldwide, we believe Call of Duty is the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row," said Bobby Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard, Inc.

"Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for Harry Potter and Star Wars, the two most successful movie franchises of all time."

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