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Infinity Ward: MW2 has been a success on PC

Dev denies format has underperformed despite taking just 3% of total sales

Infinity Ward has denied the PC version of Modern Warfare 2 has performed less well than expected, saying that it outsold COD 4 on PC in its first week.

"Yes, PC is the smallest percentage in terms of how much sold on each platform but that hardly means anything other than the PC is just the smallest market," IW creative strategist Robert Bowling explained on the company's official forum.

"The PC version of Modern Warfare 2 has actually outsold the PC version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in its first week. Making it the most successful PC version.

"Essentially, all this percentage proves is that the console versions sold great, not that the PC version sold poorly, because that's actually not the case. The PC version has done tremendous in its first week, better than our previous game."

In last week's UK chart, Modern Warfare 2 took the top place after sales in excess of 1.7 million. The PC version of the game also topped the PC specific chart, although it was revealed that its sales accounted for just three per cent of the overall total. This figure doesn't however take into account digital sales.

Modern Warfare 2 on PC caused some controversy ahead of its release for not supporting PC multiplayer features such as dedicated servers.

This prompted some outrage among the PC community, and an online petition calling for dedicated servers in the game gleaned over 224,000 signatures.

Activision CEO Mike Griffiths later said that it was watching the surfacing negative comments carefully but added "we're not overly concerned about it."

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Kath Brice