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'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 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 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.

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 Blizzard Plans E-Sports League with City-Based Teams

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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 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 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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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 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, 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, 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

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 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 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 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.

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

StartEngine Chalks Up 25 Companies Raising Funding Since Start Of 2017

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Howard Marks was previously founder and CEO of Acclaim Games (now part of Walt Disney), and was co-founder of Activision; he created StartEngine with co-founder Ron Miller in 2011, initialy as a startup accelerator, and later transitioned the incubator into the online equity crowdfunding area. startengine fundraising crowdfunding crowd offering finance venture capital howard marks activision

TZ & GR Present REACH | Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Gaming

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Prior to joining DWA Chris worked at Activision Blizzard for 13 years, during which time he held a number of role including Executive Producer and Lead Game Designer. TechZulu & Gadget Review present REACH.

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