The trenches outside of Game Stop in San Francisco are full of fans gearing up for the big launch, including a sniper in hiding...well, sort of. Less than an hour until the battle begins!

 

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You could feel the excitement in the air as gamers in Chicago eagerly awaited the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Fans were "fired up" throughout the night, and a minute before midnight, began counting down the seconds until the launch. 

 

Although some fans had waited up to nine hours for the privilege to play the latest game in the Call of Duty franchise, the night is still young for these gamers as they head home to dive in to the most anticipated game in history.

 

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Good things come to those who venture out on a chilly Los Angeles night. The Modern Warfare 3 fans at the GameStop in West Hollywood are enjoying a few perks, including personalized MW3 dog tags and t-shirts, posters signed by Infinity Ward and don't forget all the Pizza Hut pizza and Mt. Dew they can get. Come out and join us!

 

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The fans on the west coast set up shop to await the arrival of Modern Warfare 3.

 

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The Line Starts Here.

 

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These MW3 fans are undeterred and braving some rather chilly (for Los Angeles) weather.

 

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Some MW3 signage outside Best Buy, West Los Angeles.

 

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Infinity Ward developers are out in West Hollywood to celebrate the Modern Warfare launch with their fans! A lucky few who showed up the earliest are meeting the developers who created the highly anticipated game and getting posters signed by the team. "It's so realistic; you guys did a terrific job," praised one fan. Another excited fan asked, "When is the first DLC? I already can't wait."

 

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The long-awaited time has come! The first of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 fans in Chicago received their copies of MW3 after weathering the rain and dropping temperature.

 

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Hundreds lined up around the block for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 midnight madness at San Francisco's Union Square. After the doors finally opened, eager fans got to meet the developer team and walk away with tons of autographed Call of Duty memorabilia. Oh yeah, they're getting the game, too.

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The crowd went wild once the team from Gamestop announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was officially on sale. Developers from Infinity ward and Sledgehammer shook hands with the first gamer to take home his copy.

 

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Canadian gamers rejoiced as the clock hit midnight and fans swooped in to pick up their copy of MW3.

 

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The countdown is over. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has finally launched!

 

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They all want to be the first to get their hands on Call of Duty: MW3.

 

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Congrats to Calvin who was first in line at EB Games Toronto! He won a sweet Call of Duty: MW3 prize pack!

 

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In Chicago, gamers started lining up around 3 p.m. to be among the very first to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 at launch. As anticipation for the midnight launch built, those in line found ways to entertain themselves. Whether it was inpromptu breakdancing outside the store, participating in pushup contests with Call of Duty soldiers, or competing in a head-to-head tournament to win the chance to be first in the store at midnight, non-stop activities made the wait time go by quickly.

 

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The Canada MW3 launch event doesn't stop! Green screen holiday cards, more MW3 swag and anxious fans make for one exciting show.

 

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Launch Party that is impossible to miss. Lighting up downtown Toronto for Call of Duty.

 

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Green screens with Ghost makes for an awesome MW3-themed Holiday card!

 

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EB Gamers: raise your hand if you want free MW3 gear.

 

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The wait is almost over and Dundas Square in Toronto is packed with Call Of Duty fans!

 

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Members of the Call of Duty: MW3 dev teams from Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer are signing autographs, shaking hands, and taking questions from the legions of fans.

 

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Not even rain showers could dampen the spirits of nearly 300 gamers waiting in Chicago for the official launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Nonetheless, they jumped at the chance to head inside to get some hands-on experience with competitive multiplayer hours before the game was available to the public. Fans also had the opportunity to play in a competitive tournament in the Jeep "Camp Tread" tent for an opportunity to win free Call of Duty gear.

 

Playing the game early only whet the appetites of the Chicagoans in attendance, who were more excited than ever for the midnight launch.

 

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The fans at the Toronto MW3 launch event aren't your normal fans - they're hard core MW3 gamers willing to put put their strength to the test for some MW3 swag.


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Push-ups for Call of Duty: MW3 sweaters. Breaking a sweat for swag!

 

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Up close and personal with Catherine and Stavros, developers from the Call of Duty team. 

 

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So much camo at Yonge & Dundas, Toronto.

 

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Locked, loaded and ready to rock! “Shot” at the EB Games Launch Party in Toronto.

 

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Jeep gave dedicated NYC gamers a chance to get their hands on some exclusive MW3 swag, and more importantly, the game itself before it hits shelves tonight at midnight!

 

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The Canada MW3 launch night kicks-off in the most epic ways possible - who's ready for MW3?!

 

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Riding shotgun in the EB Games Battlewagon with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Canada -- ”ROLL OUT!”

 

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Time to get your game face on with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 at EB Games VIP Launch Party!

 

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Taking multiplayer to the next level. Demo’ing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 @ Yonge & Dundas, Toronto ON!

 

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Modern Warfare 3 invades downtown Toronto. Bombing the EB Games Army with swag.


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Yuksek electro group helped set the tone in France and fans watched exclusive clips from the game and flew MW3 remote control planes.

 

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The most anticipated moment for all the fans, guests, gamers and developers of the Call of Duty franchise has arrived in Germany. With fire bursting over Berlin's skyline, MW3 is here!

 

Thousands of fans lined up to take home MW3 at Saturn, Berlin's leading electronics store, as the launch event attendees gamed and enjoyed the beats of DJ Tomekk. Let the battle begin...

 

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The UK MW3 launch event is underway, also complete with a celeb multiplayer tournament featuring Joey Barton, QPR premier league footballer from the UK, Stephan Effenberg from Germany, Jamie Westland from Benelux, Danilo Gallinari from Italy and Anton Korberg from the Nordics.

 

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Berlin is having an epic MW3 celebrity tournament, starring VIPs from all over Europe, including Stefan Effenberg, former soccer player for the German national team representing Berlin. After five action-packed minutes, Stefan managed to place a couple of solid frags and the match ended with Berlin taking fourth place.

 

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Launch night in the UK is fully underway and the excitement is contagious. Example took to the stage to help usher in the midnight countdown.

 

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David Johnson of Infinity Ward, and Joe Salud and Nick Pavlich of  Sledgehammer Games, answer audience questions and share details on new MW3 features. After the Q&A, Pavlich demonstrated the new single player campaign, fighting his way through virtual Berlin in a desperate race to rescue a high value target.

 

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Fans in Los Angeles are determined to be the first in the city to get their hands on MW3. Here's a look at how one L.A. store is preparing for tonight's launch.

 

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The West Hollywood GameStop prepares for tonight’s big event.

 

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West Hollywood’s GameStop is going all-out. Check out what they’re setting up for tonight's release.

 

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It’s hard to tell, but those are MW3 posters in there -- our friends at GameStop told us they’ll go up at 6 p.m. tonight in advance of the midnight release.

 

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Check out this view from inside the West Hollywood GameStop. Fans are already queueing up for their copy of MW3.

 


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More stars take to the green carpet, including Canal TV host, Sebastien Abdelhamid, and singer/songwriter, David Hallyday.

 

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Berlin prepares for Modern Warfare 3 as of 300 guests, including Ben Becker (Soap's German voice), former national soccer star Stefan Effenberg, and players from Berlin's famous ice hockey team "Eisbären," gather to get a first look at MW3.

 

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French celebrities Omar Sy, Valerie Damidot and Arié Elmaleh stop for a photo op with GIGN soldiers while the rest of the launch night activities kick off.

 

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Vets & n00bz are welcome here. Camp Tread is being erected outside the Gamestop in Union Square: a bastion for the hardest of the hardcore, all ready to answer the call once the clock strikes midnight. Those elite few will be among the first New Yorkers to get their hands on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. 

 

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COD: MW3 is well and truly underway in Sydney, Australia. Which country is next?

 

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The excitement across Australia is building as we near the official release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3! “I can’t believe COD: MW3 is finally here and we’re the first gamers in the world to get our hands on it – I’ve been waiting in line since 9pm to pick up my copy!” said Ben Phoumindr. “There’s such a great atmosphere here, everyone’s so excited. COD: MW3 looks amazing, I can’t wait to get home and play it.”

 

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Crowds gathered at stores throughout Australia, awaiting the midnight release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Full camo was on display as an excited crowd eagerly awaited the stroke of midnight.

 

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Australians lead the charge to become the first in the world to get their hands on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3! Over 500 eager fans queued at EB Games in Wetherill Park, Sydney waiting to get their hands on a copy at 00:01 AET, on Tuesday, November 8th.  Over 200 additional stores throughout Australia also opened their doors early to celebrate the biggest game release of the year. Let the games commence!

 

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