Activision also reported $4.58 billion in revenue for the 2013 calendar year. The earnings represent a 5.76 percent decrease compared to that of 2012, in which the publisher earned $4.86 billion. It also reported fourth quarter earnings of $1.52 billion, a nearly 120 percent leap from its $691 million in revenue during the third quarter and well above its $1.26 billion projection.
Finally, World of Warcraft had 7.8 million subscribers as of December 31, 2013, an increase from the 7.6 million reported during the last quarter.
Update: As it turns out, Kotick's direct quote from the earnings statement is that Activision expects "Destiny will become the best-selling new video game IP in history," which is substantially different than being the best-selling game overall. We've updated the quote and headline accordingly. We apologize for the error.