Activision Brings Back Crash Bandicoot

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Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision has brought back Crash Bandicoot , its popular videogame character, in a new remake of the original three games for the PS4 and PS4 Pro. Crash Bandicoot was originally developed by LA-based Naughty Dog Entertainment, originally for Sony Computer Entertainment; Activision acquired the rights to Crash Bandicoot in 2008. Activision said the new version of the three games was done by its team at Vicarious Visions.

Activision's Call Of Duty: WWII Connects With Alexa

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Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision said Wednesday that it has rolled out a new Alexa Skill, which lets players of its popular game, Call of Duty: WWII , get in-game advice from Alexa. According to Activision, the new skill will provide personalized player recommendations, updates on in-game achievements, and more. Activision said the new skill is free. activision callofduty wwii gaming videogame alexa amazon skill machine learning artificial intelligence

Activision Plans Crash Bandicoot Reboot

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Santa Monica-based Activision said late Monday evening that it is planning to bring back its popular Crash Bandicoot character, through both an incorporation of the character into its Skylanders Imaginators game, as well as a "remaster" of three, Crash Bandicoot games for Playstation 4. Activision said the three games, Crash Bandicoot; Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back; and Crash Bandicoot: Warped will run on PlayStation 4.

Activision Sued By Humvee Maker Over Call Of Duty

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Santa Monica-based Activision has been sued by the developer of the ubiquitous Humvee military vehicles, AM General LLC , over the use by Activision of its vehicles in the game Call of Duty. The lawsuit covers not only the use of the Humvee in Activision's video game, but also related game-related toys and merchandise. activision humvee callofduty legal lawsuit trademark

Activision's Pitfall Returns

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is back, thanks to a reboot by Activision , which released a new version of the game yesterday for the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. is "inspired by the original 1982 classic", Activision said. The new game comes out of Activision's Leeds, UK studio.

Activision Sets Release Date For Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4

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Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision announced on Thursday afternoon that it will release its latest game in its popular Call of Duty games, the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 , on October 12th. Activision says that its Call of Duty games have over 200 million players, who have racked up a total of more than 15 billion hours of gameplay. callofduty call duty videogame activision games contentn

Activision Completes $5.9B King Digital Acquisition

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Santa Monica-based Activision said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of King Digital Entertainment. Activision paid $18.00 Activision said it expects to boost its revenues in 2016 to $6.25 Activision said King will operate as an independent unit, led by current CEO Riccardo Zacconi, Chief Creative Officer Sebastian Knutsson, and COO Stephane Kurgan. activision king digital entertainment merger acquisition videogame

Activision Launches Call Of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles

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Santa Monica-based games publisher Activision said on Tuesday that it has released Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles , a collection of eight, Zombie-themed maps from Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Activision said it has "remastered" the maps and titles, adding new visuals, enhanced audio, and new gameplay. Activision said the MSRP on the new collection is $29.99.

Activision Blizzard Expands Veteran Hiring Support Through In Game Purchase

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Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision Blizzard said this week that it is expanding efforts to help veterans find high quality careers, by launching a new, in-game purchase in its popular Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare videogame. According to Activision Blizzard, its new Call of Duty Endowment (C.O.D.E.) Activision Blizzard said the endowment--which is a nonprofit founded in 2009 by CEO Bobby Kotick--so far has funded over 29,000 job placements of veterans.

Activision: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Is Number One

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Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision Publishing , the arm of Activision Blizzard which publishes Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare , says its title is the number one console video game in the U.S., Those revenues were not announced by Activision in the announcement. Activision said Call of Duty is the number one grossing console franchise in the U.S. activision call duty infinite warfare videogame game software content blizzard

Activision Blizzard to Open Burbank E-Sports Arena

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Activision Blizzard of Santa Monica plans to open an e-sports arena in Burbank to play host to a variety of video game tournaments including the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs and Hearthstone Championship Tour in October, the company said Thursday

Activision, Razer, Bungie Tie On Destiny 2 Peripherals

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Gaming accessory maker Razer , game studio Bungie , and Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision said last week that Razer will release a suite of Destiny 2-themed products, including a mouse, keyboard, headset, and mouse mat. Destiny 2 is published and distributed by Activision. razer activision bungie videogame game gaming accessory accessories computer

Activision, Tencent Tie On Call of Duty Launch In China

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Santa Monica-based Activision and Chinese game maker Tencent said today that the two are launching the popular Activision title Call of Duty into China, releasing the game as a free-to-play -- and also adapting the game to Chinese customs.

RadPad Names Activision Vet As Marketing VP

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Los Angeles-based apartment search startup RadPad > said today that it has hired on Activision veteran Mike Pelletier as its first Vice President of Marketing, the company said this morninng. Pelletier had previously been head of Activision's Call of Duty franchise, and also had been at Dell. He was last in charge of marketing Call of Duty Advanced Warfare at Activision. radpad activision rental marketplace payment startup callofduty executive marketing

Activision Publishing Countersues Companies

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Santa Monica-based videogame developer Activision said late Friday that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against two companies. Activision said the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Activision claims the two companies have infringed on a U.S. activision lawsuit legal patent infringement worlds District Court of the Central District of California, against Worlds Inc. and Worlds Online Inc.

Vivendi Cuts Stake In Activision Blizzard

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Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision Blizzard announced late Wednesday that Vivendi S.A. is planning to sell 41,499,689 shares of Activision Blizzard common stock, in a public offering. Those shares represent half of Vivendi''s stake in Activision Blizzard, and is worth around $866M. According to Activision Blizzard, the offering is being run by Barclays and Credit Suisse. activision vivendi blizzard sale finance stock merger acquisition

Activision Sued By Former Dictator Manuel Noriega

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Santa Monica-based videogame maker Activision has been sued by former Panama dictator Manual Noriega, over his depection in the game "Call of Duty: Black Ops II". Noriega is suing Activision Blizzard over what he says is using his name and likeness without his permission. activision manuel noriega lawsuit legal trademark videogame video

Activision Gobbles Up Major League Gaming

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Santa Monica-based Activision has reportedly acquired e-sports organization Major League Gaming , in a deal worth $46M. activision major league gaming merger acquisition esports videogame video game tournaments tournamentAccording to leaked documents sent to shareholders of Major League Gaming, the deal is split between $31M in cash immediately, plus $15M held in escrow.

Activision Racks Up Over $500M In Opening Weekend For Call of Duty:WWII

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Santa Monica-based Activision reported today that it passed up more than $500M in sell through for the opening weekend of its new title, Call of Duty: WWII. Activision said it sold more than twice as many units in the opening weekend compared with last year's release. Call of Duty: WWII is published by Activision Publishing, and was developed by Sledgehammer Games with support from Raven Software. activision callofduty wwii gaming videogame opening entertainment hollywood

Activision, Bungie Plan Early Launch Date For Destiny 2

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Los Angeles-based Activision Publishing , and game studio Bungie said late Monday evening that they have an early ship date for Destiny 2. xboxone playstation content game video bungie activision videogame destiny destiny2According to the two, Destiny 2 will launch on Playstation 4 and Xbox One on September 6th, with the PC version launching on October 24th. The company said it has begun taking pre-orders for the title.

Activision Blizzard To Debut Animated Television Series On Netflix

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard says that it is branching out its content to the world of streaming television with its first, original title out of its new television and film studio, Activision Blizzard Studios. According to Activision Blizzard, the studio has created Skylanders Academy , a new, animated series which will show on Netflix. activision blizzard content netflix streaming animated videogame

Activision, Bungie and Red Bull In Destiny Marketing Deal

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Santa Monica-based Activision , along with Bungie and Red Bull , are in a major marketing partnership around the launch of the new expansion for Destiny , called The Taken King , the companies said this morning.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 2: Activision Blizzard’s Q3 Results Beat Expectations

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Activision Blizzard’s third-quarter results beat expectations, HP and Intel become sponsors for Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League and Snapchat adds tracking pixels

Activision Offering $1M Prize In Call of Duty Championship

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Activision said Friday that it has launched a new Call of Duty gaming competition, which will feature a $1 million prize, for the top player of Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Xbox 360. Activision said 32 teams will compete in the head-to-head, live-streamed championship in April.

Activision Ties With Flurry

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Santa Monica-based Activision , via its subsidiary Activision Publishing, said today that it is in a strategic relationship with Flurry , a provider of mobile application, advertising, and analytics software. According to Activision, Flurry will help the firm to establish a new mobile publishing initiative. android publishing mobile flurry activision

Activision Sets Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Beta Launch

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Santa Monica-based Activision said over the weekend that it plans to launch its beta of the next expansion to its popular game, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, into a multiplayer, beta launch, on October 14th. activision callofduty call duty infinite warfare videogame video game

Activision Blizzard Completes Split From Vivendi

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Santa Monica-based videogame developer Activision Blizzard said late Friday that it has completed its acquisition of its shares from Vivendi, in a deal worth approximately $5.83 The deal once again makes Activision Blizzard a fully independent company. The investor group which led the acquisition was led by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and Chairman Brian Kelly, as well as Davis Advisors, Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.,

Activision Blizzard Plans E-Sports League with City-Based Teams

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Snapchat launches rewind feature, Hyperloop One studying Dubai for possible first route, and Activision Blizzard plans e-sports league with city-based teams

Activision Racks Up $500M In Sales Of Destiny

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Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision Publishing reports that it sold more than $500M of its latest title, Destiny , as of day one. Activision claimed that the numbers make Destiny the "most successful new video game franchise launch of all time." Activision said the numbers include retail and first party orders worldwide. activision destiny videogame sales opening console

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 7: Activision Blizzard to Open Burbank E-Sports Arena

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Activision Blizzard to open Burbank e-sports arena, SpaceX launches mysterious Air Force space plane ahead of Hurricane Irma and Maestro raises $3 Million

Activision Sets Call of Duty: Black Ops III Release

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Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision said this morning that it will be rolling out another Call of Duty sequel, Call of Duty: Black Ops III , on November 6th. Activision said that the new title will debut on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC platforms simultaneously. In conjunction with the announcement, Activision said it has started accepting pre-orders for the game, as well as started offering up early beta access to those who pre-order the game.

Activision Blizzard Launches New Esports Division, Taps Former ESPN CEO

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Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision Blizzard announced this morning that it has launched a brand new, Esports division, which will focus on competitive gaming and growth of esports. As part of the new division, Activision said it has named Steve Bornstein, the former CEO of ESPN and the NFL Network, as Chairman of the division, and name Major League Gaming (MLG) co-fouunder and president Mike Sepso as Senior Vice President.

Activision Launches Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc On Xbox

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Santa Monica-based Activision said Tuesday that it has released Call of Duty: Advanced Warefare Havoc , an add-on to its popular game series, to Xbox. Activision said that the Havoc DLC Pack will be available first exclusively on Xbox Live for Xbox One, and costs $14.99. activision callofduty call duty advanced warrfare havoc xbox