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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'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 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

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 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 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 Blizzard Plans E-Sports League with City-Based Teams

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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.

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

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

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

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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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: 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

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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

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

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

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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.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Hits $400M In Sales in 24 Hours

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Santa Monica-based Activision reported Friday that it had an estimated sell through of more than $400M on its new title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, in the first 24 hours of its release. call duty modern warfare activision videogame content salesThe firm said it sold more than 6.5 million units in North America and the United Kingdom alone with the release.

Activision Rolls Out New Call of Duty: Black Ops III Expansion

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard has rolled out a new expansion pack for its Call of Duty: Black Ops III title, saying that it has rolled out "Descent", the third expansion pack for the popular game. The new expansion was developed by Treyarch, and is published by Activision Publishing. activision blizzard callofduty call black expansion pack videogame playstation4

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

Call of Duty Elite Hits One Million Members

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Santa Monica-based Activision reports that its Call of Duty Elite online networking service for players of Call of Duty has hit one million memberships, just six days after launch. Activision also said that it is providing an additional 30 days of the service for free, due to issues with scaling the new service after the launch of MW3. activision call duty modern warfare elite networking service subscribers videogame content

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 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

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 Results Better Than Expected Due To Destiny

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The launch of its latest videogame franchise, Destiny , drove better than expected quarterly results over at Activision , pushing the company''s GAAP revenues to $753M in its third quarter, the company announced late Tuesday. Activision raised its full year outlook on the news. activision desinty videogame earnings results blizzard warcraft world