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 Blizzard On Block, Says Report

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Los Angeles-based videogame maker Activision Blizzard is on the block, with majority owner Vivendi looking to sell the video game business, according to reports this week. Reuters, citing five sources "close to the situation," said that the firm is looking for bidders on Activision. Vivendi owns 60 percent of Activision Blizzard. content videogame bidding exit acquisition merger blizzard activision

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Activision Blizzard Gets Patent Win

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard reported a win in court late Thursday, saying that the United States District Court, Central District of California has invalidated all patent claims asserted by McRO, Inc. McRO had sued Activision over the use of lip synchronization and facial expression technology in Call of Duty, Skylanders, and StarCraft II. activision blizzard patent lawsuit legal mcro planet blue callofduty synchronization uspto

Activision's Skylanders Now Available As 3D Printed Figures

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Santa Monica-based Activision said today that it has launched a new, mobile app, which lets players creat real-life, 3D printed figures for its Skylanders game. According to Activision, its new Skylanders Creator app lets fans create 3D, printed Skylanders Imaginators figures, which are playable in the Skylanders Imaginators console game. activision skylanders mobile printed figure toystolife videogame imaginators

Activision Blizzard Splits From Vivendi In $8 Billion Deal

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In a complex deal, Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard said last night that it has reached a deal with Vivendi , where it will acquire approximately 429 million shares of the company, in exchange for $5.83 In addition, an investor group--led by Activision CEO Bobby Kotick and co-chairman Brian Kelly--will purchase an additional $2.34 The move will split Activision Blizzard from Vivendi, and make the company''s majority shares owned by the public.

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

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 Continues Struggles With Modern Warfare Elite

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Activision said its registration and login systems were "crushed by gamers" after the launch, and that it is deploying "multiple, additional servers" to beef up its system. activision modern warfare elite call duty callofdutySanta Monica-based Activisoin , which launched its latest title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on Tuesday, updated its users today, saying that it is continuing to have issues with its Call of Duty Elite social gaming service.

Activision Blizzard Settles Infinity Ward Lawsuits

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The various legal disputes over Activision's Call of Duty and Modern Warfare titles appears to have been put to bed, according to a statement by Activision Blizzard late Thursday. In a terse statement, Activision Blizzard said that all parties to the litigation related to Infinity Ward have reached a settlement over the matter. activision blizzard infinity ward legal videogame content lawsuit callofduty modern warfare

Activision Awards Prizes To Two Games Developers

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Santa Monica-based Activision , the computer games publisher, said today that it has awarded two winners in the first round of its Activisoin Independent Games Competition. Activision says it is offering up $500,000 in prizes as part of the competition, which is aimed at independent game developers in the US. activision game development videogame prize independent

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.

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, ABC To Release Wipeout Game

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Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing and ABC Entertainment Group announced today that they are in a deal to publish a new Kinect for Xbox 360 game based on the show Wipeout. activision wipeout videogame content hollywood endemolThe two said they will release Wipeout In The Zone, based on the ABC show, for the Kinect controller. Financail details of the deal were not disclosed. The two said the title will be available sometime this summer.

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

Silicon Beach Report July 12: Activision Blizzard Inc. Launches Pro League for Overwatch

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Activision Blizzard Inc. launches pro league for Overwatch, Fifth Wall Ventures powers up accelerator program, Hyperloop One completes full system test in Nevada and interior design app Hutch raises $10 million

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 Nickelodeon On Mutant Turtles

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Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision and Nickelodeon said Thursday that the two are in a deal to produce video games around Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The two said that Activision has gained the global rights to produce interactive games based on a new, CG-animated version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. activision nickelodeon mutant turtles teenage videogame video game content

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 19: L.A. Tech Wages Rising Fastest in the Nation

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tech wages rising fastest in the nation, Activision runs Snapchat zombie karaoke lens, and YP hires new CEO

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 28: Activision CEO Becomes One of Top-Paid U.S. Executives.

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Activision CEO becomes one of top-paid U.S. executives, Atom tickets partners with Disney for Star Wars Merchandise, and AT&T’s DirecTV launches streaming TV service

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 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 Sets Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Release

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Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision said Tuesday that it has set the worldwide release date for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for November 8th. content videogame warfare modern callofduty duty call activisionThe new title is being developed by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games. READ MORE>>.

Gamzee Snags Scholz As CTO

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Los Angeles-based Gamzee , the HTML5 game development firm headed by Activision co-founder Howard Marks, has made a high profile hire, saying Monday night that it has hired on Michael Scholz as its CTO. gamzee activision gamesalad executive html5 videogame development video game

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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

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Tops $1 Billion In Sales

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Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing said this morning that its new title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 , has just topped $1 billion in sales. Activision Publishing, which is a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, said it took only 16 days for the company to hit the milestone.

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 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.

Blizzard Entertainment Chops 600

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Blizzard is a unit of Activision. blizzard entertainment activision world warcraftIrvine-based Blizzard Entertainment , the developer of the popular World of Warcraft, massively-multiplayer online game, said this morning that it has cut 600 jobs.

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: 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 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, 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 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