Oliver Mitchell

Call of Duty Warzone 2 Became a Heavyweight Job for British ISPs


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Everybody expected the recent Call of Duty installment to be extremely popular. But it’s breaking records, and not only in terms of sales. A major British ISP Virgin Media O2 says the game caused an almost unprecedented situation, overloading the facilities the very first day it launched.
The multiplayer part of the game, Warzone 2.0, became available on November 16. That very day Virgin Media O2 reported an unusual traffic growth on its grid. It became the biggest ever when it came to gaming, though the following days the results were more modest.
Logically, the ISP compares this splash to what happened on the release day of other Call of Duty games. The result shown by Warzone II was 33% higher than the day Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II was released. And, compared to the first Warzone, Warzone II’s data transfer was 76% higher. This can be explained by both the popularity of the game and the richness of its visuals which can’t but impress (which results in more terabytes to transfer).
It’s only a record, though, in the gaming category. The overall load has once been higher than that. No wonder, given how iconic soccer is in the UK, that the all-time record was set by Virgin Media O2 the day Amazon livestreamed five Premier League matches. But when it comes to gaming, Warzone II is the champion.
The previous record in this category (at least, in the UK) was also set by Call of Duty. It was the day Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare received the Season 3 update, which happened on April 27, 2022. Activision may be proud: the game performs better than any other this fall. And though the reviews could have been more positive, the newest installment still attracts millions of old and new fans.
Have you already installed and started playing Call of Duty: Warzone II? What can you say about the gameplay, the performance, and the visuals? Let’s discuss it down here in the comments section!


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