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Activision Buys Candy Crush Maker King For $5.9 Billion

Submitted by: Amadeus @ 02:15 PM | Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | (url: http://kotaku.com...)

[...] As Activision points out in a press release, this gives them a pretty solid monopoly on The Biggest Brands In Gaming:

"Activision Blizzard believes that the addition of Kings highly-complementary business will position Activision Blizzard as a global leader in interactive entertainment across mobile, console and PC platforms, and positions the company for future growth. The combined company will have a world-class interactive entertainment portfolio of top-performing franchises, including two of the top five highest-grossing mobile games in the U.S. (Candy Crush Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga), the worlds most successful console game franchise (Call of Duty), and the worlds most successful personal computing franchise (World of Warcraft), as well as such well known franchises as Blizzard Entertainments Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo and Activision Publishings Guitar Hero, Skylanders and Destiny, along with over 1,000 game titles in its library."

Said Activision CEO Bobby Kotick in the same press release:

"The combined revenues and profits solidify our position as the largest, most profitable standalone company in interactive entertainment. With a combined global network of more than half a billion monthly active users, our potential to reach audiences around the world on the device of their choosing enables us to deliver great games to even bigger audiences than ever before."


6 billions dollars jfc


Activision buys itself back from Vivendi

Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 08:40 AM | Friday, July 26, 2013 | (url: http://www.joysti...)

"Activision Blizzard has reached a deal to buy itself back from Vivendi for over $8 billion. After the split, Activision Blizzard will be an independent company again, with a majority of its shares owned by the public. Bobby Kotick will remain CEO, with Brian Kelly as Chairman. Financially troubled French conglomerate Vivendi is out...well, not totally out, it still retains 83 million shares or about 12 percent of the company."

VUG ruined Tribes.


Interesting story from Vanity Fair on the story behind the lawsuit-filled breakup of

Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 10:39 AM | Tuesday, June 18, 2013 | (url: http://www.vanity...)

"The video-game industry is currently waiting with bated breath for the release of Titanfall, the new sci-fi shoot-em-up project from developers Vincent Zampella and Jason West. The game, which will be the talk of this weeks Electronic Entertainment Expo, is expected to be bigZampella and West are best known for their multi-billion dollar game series, Call of Duty. But the real-life battle between the pair and their former employers, Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard, is turning out to be nearly as vicious as the on-screen fights Zampella and West are so good at rendering realistic."

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2013/06/lawsuit-video-game-activision-zampella-west


Activision has its best year ever, $2.9 Billion

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:36 AM | Friday, May 9, 2008 | (url: http://www.gameda...)

Activision today reported record revenues for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, marking an incredible 16 years of consecutive growth. Net revenues for the full year soared from $1.51 billion last year to $2.90 billion.

"Fiscal 2008 was the best year in our history and Q4 was the largest and most profitable non-holiday quarter, even though we did not release any new titles," boasted Robert Kotick, Chairman and CEO of Activision. "During the fiscal year, we were the #1 U.S. console and handheld publisher in dollars for the first time ever, according to The NPD Group, and we grew our worldwide share of the console, handheld and PC markets year over year.


Harmonix: Activision Blocks Rock Band Guitar Compatibility Patch

Submitted by: Colosus @ 10:23 AM | Thursday, December 13, 2007 | (url: http://www.shackn...)

Harmonix has notified Shacknews that the promised guitar compatibility patch for the PlayStation 3 edition of Rock Band has been blocked by Guitar Hero publisher Activision and will not be released.


Activision overtakes EA

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 01:37 AM | Wednesday, July 25, 2007 | (url: http://www.next-g...)

Activision has become the first publisher this decade to topple Electronic Arts as the top grossing third-party publisher following $397.8 million in software sales from January through to June 2007.

The latest sales data from the NPD Group shows that sales of Activision titles for the first half of the year grossed almost $400 million, a figure largely attributable to the success of its Guitar Hero franchise. In comparison, EA titles raked in $365.7 million during the same period, reports the LA Times.


Call of Duty: The Lawsuit

Submitted by: Xionic @ 03:48 AM | Monday, March 5, 2007 | (url: http://www.gamasu...)

The legal dispute between Call of Duty: Finest Hour developer Spark Unlimited and its one-time publisher Activision must certainly be a vexing distraction for both companies. However, for the rest of us, their increasingly public argument provides a unique opportunity to learn from other peoples mistakes.