Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and, in particular, Call of Duty: Warzone helped juice the biggest download day in Virgin Media history last week, as the UK Internet provider cited the franchise as the reason behind an enormous uptick in bandwidth usage. According to the company, the update coincided with a 24-hour period where the average user downloaded more than 20GB of data – which is 3.5GB more than the daily average in 2020.
The update for Call of Duty: Warzone weighed in at 17GB in total, but Eurogamer.net notes that storage woes on PlayStation platforms in particular may have led to some players deleting and redownloading games on the same day; this is because of a curious file unpacking format which requires there to be at least 100GB of spare space before it’ll even download Call of Duty patches.
With more than 85 million players worldwide, these Call of Duty updates are constantly contributing to record bandwidth spikes. Last year, Virgin Media logged unprecedented spikes in peak time traffic twice – and they both coincided with patches being released for the Battle Royale. It doesn’t help, of course, that the franchise is a storage space monster, eating upwards of 300GB if you have both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone installed on your console.