Activision Sees Drop In Revenues

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Santa Monica-based Activision reported a 22 percent year-over-year decline in revenues, with net income down 36 percent. According to reports, the "precipitous drops" at its Activision and Blizzard divisions also came with declining engagement of the company's Call of Duty users. revenues videogame blizzard activision

Activision Fighting Unionization Efforts

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard is fighting unionization efforts, attempting to convince its employees to vote against an effort to unionize by its Q&A testers, according to Slack messages leaked from the company. Workers at Activision's Raven Software recently launched a plan to unionize. raven software activision union unionization quality assurance

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Activision Blizzard Approve Transparency Efforts, But No Employee Seat

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Shareholders at Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard approved a proposal by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to publicly report on efforts to stop workplace discrimination and harassment, but rejected a bid by employees for a seat on the board. activision blizzard sexual harassment discrimination lawsuit

Activision Blizzard Approves Transparency Efforts, But No Employee Seat

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Shareholders at Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard approved a proposal by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to publicly report on efforts to stop workplace discrimination and harassment, but rejected a bid by employees for a seat on the board. lawsuit discrimination harassment sexual blizzard activision

Activision Blizzard Clashes With Raven Software Union

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard looks to be in a clash with the newly organized union at the company's Raven Software arm, according to reports. Activision Blizzard announced a move to convert temporary and contract QA employees to full time there, but reportedly will not include workers at Raven Software as part of the effort. activision union blizzard raven software

Activision Blizzard Plans Union Negotiations At Raven Software

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard says it pans to start negotiations with the Communications Workers of America, related to the 27 quality assurance employees at Raven Software. Activision Blizzard subsequently raised pay--it says "significantly increased starting pay for QA specialists" after the unionization vote, but excluded all Raven Software employees from that pay raise. activision blizzard raven software union unionize labor relations

Activision Blizzard Employees Push Further Anti-Discrimination Efforts

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A group of employees at Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard have formed a new committee to push for further anti-discrimination efforts at the company, according to the WaPo. discrimination harassment sexual legal lawsuit blizzard activisionAccording to the report, the group feels that "more action is needed" from the game publisher, blaming "inaction of leadership" at the company.

Microsoft To Acquire Activision Blizzard For $68.7B

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard is being acquired by Microsoft in a deal worth $68.7 per share in an all cash transaction to acquire Activision Blizzard. Activision's titles include Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, Call of Duty, and Candy Crush. Bobbby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard, reporting to Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming. activision blizzard microsoft merger acquisition videogame gaming

Activision Blizzard Ordered To Pay $18M To Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

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Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision Blizzard has been ordered to pay $18 million, to settle a federal lawsuit accusing the company of fostering a sexist and discriminatory workplace. The lawsuit is only one of several currently underway against Activision Blizzard. activision blizzard lawsuit legal sexual harassment discrimination

NINJIO Adds Activision Blizzard Exec To Board

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Westlake Village-based NINJIO, a provider of cybersecurity awareness training services and content, says it has added Activision Blizzard executive Brett Wahlin to the company's board of directors. NINJIO said Wahlin is SVP and CISO for Activision Blizzard where he is responsible for all aspects of enterprise security, data and intellectual property protection. wahlin brett training awareness cybersecurity executive blizzard activision ninjio

Activision Blizzard Sued Over Suicide At Work Retreat

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Activision Blizzard continues to face legal issues, with a new lawsuit filed against the company Thursday which claims the company was to blame for the suicide of an employee in 2017. According to the lawsuit, former Activision finance manager Kerri Moynihan took her own life at a company retreat at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. activision blizzard work retreat lawsuit suicide videogame sexual harrassment

Activision Blizzard Earnings Shatter Expectations

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Santa Monica-based video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. collected more than $2.4 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter

Activision Answers ‘Call’

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After shutting down an existing esports league, Activision Blizzard Inc. is betting big on a new league that will begin its inaugural season Jan 24

Activision Brings on Sponsors

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Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. signed several high-profile sponsors for its new “Call of Duty” League, two weeks after launching the professional esports competition

Activision-Blizzard Cuts Around 190, Says Report

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Los Angeles-based videogame developer Activision-Blizzard has reportedly laid off around 190 employees, or 2 percent of its workforce, according to a report from Bloomberg. The cuts also include a large cut, of 50 employees, from Activision's esports division, according to that report. activision blizzard layoff jobs employment videogame gaming esports

Growing Pains at Activision

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Activision Blizzard announces better-than-expected third-quarter earnings and a loss of 3 million users

Activision Fires CFO

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Santa Monica-based Activision has fired its CFO, saying on December 31st that it has notified its current Chief Financial Officer, Spencer Neumann, that it intends to terminate his employment. According to Activision, the move is "unrelated to the Company's financial reporting or disclosure controls and procedures. " As a result of the firing, Activision said on Tuesday that it has named Dennis Durkin, its Chief Corporate Officer, as its principal financial officer.

Activision Blizzard Posts Strong Q1 Results

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Activision Blizzard's share price shot up 4% in after-hours trading as the company reported $2.28 billion in first-quarter revenue

Activision Exceeds Earnings Expectations

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard Inc. reported third-quarter revenue of $1.2 billion

Activision Blizzard's Kotick: Zero Tolerance, $250M For Diversity

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard is on the defensive after facing a number of lawsuits and investigations of the company for discrimination and sexual harassment, saying in a letter to employees released by the company to the public that it will have zero tolerance for harassment reported to the firm. activision bilzzard bobby kotick tolerance diversity sexual harassment eeoc videogame culture

Overwatch League Faces Fallout From Activision Blizzard's Harassment Issues

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In further fallout from the controversy over claims of sexual harassment at Activision Blizzard, Coca-Cola and State Farm are reportedly "revisiting" their sponsorship of the Overwatch League and Call of Duty League, Activision Blizzard's e-sports leagues. overwatch league blizzard activision esports lawsuit discriminiataion

Lawsuit Takes a Toll on Activision’s Stock Price

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Activision Blizzard Inc. reported solid earnings in the second quarter, but the gains failed to lift the stock price of the embattled Santa Monica-based gaming giant

Activision Blizzard Beats Earnings Outlook in Third Quarter

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Activision Blizzard Inc. outperformed earnings projections in the third quarter, reporting $1.95 billion in net revenue

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Activision Blizzard Names Entertainment Vet As CMO

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard has turned to a veteran of the entertainment industry to head up its marketing efforts, saying on Thursday that it has named David Messinger, a veteran of CAA, as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). According to Activision Blizzard, Messinger also served at Ticketmaster, The Walt Disney Company, and Leo Burnett Worldwide. activision blizzard entertainment david messinger executive

Report: Activision Blizzard Planning Massive Layoffs

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard is planning a set of massive layoffs, which may affect hundreds of people, according to a report on Friday. According to Bloomberg, Activision Blizzard is planning to lay off hundreds of people as it restructures to boost its profitability. Activision has not yet confirmed those plans, which were attributed to sources close to the company. activision blizzard layoff jobs employment gaming games videogame software

Call of Duty Nets $3 Billion for Activision Blizzard

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Blockbuster video game franchise “Call of Duty” continues to deliver big returns for Santa Monica publisher Activision Blizzard Inc

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Activision Brings Back Spyro In New Title

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Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision is bring back a popular, retro character from the 1990's, its purple dragon, Spyro, through a new title, the gaming publisher said this morning. According to Activision, Spyro Reignited Trilogy will launch on the Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam, starting on September 3rd. Activision said the games feature the gameplay that fans will remember from the 90's, but with new, HD graphics. activision spyro nintendo videogame

Activision Delays Modern Warfare, Warzone, Call Of Duty Seasons

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Santa Monica-based Activision says it is delaying the seasons of Modern Warfare , Warzone , and Call of Duty: Mobile , explaining in a post on Twitter that "now is not the time", referencing the civil unrest currently gripping the United States. Activision--which also runs the e-sport Overwatch League--has been rapidly adjusting its plans this year due to world events, including modifying how it has run its e-sports events due to the pandemic, and now the civil unrest in the US.

Report: How Activision Blizzard Is Dealing With The Pandemic

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How is Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard navigating the pandemic--and how is another local company, Heal , a part of those efforts? activision heal pandemic covid19 videogameA report , from VentureBeat, talks about how the videogame maker is navigating the pandemic, employees with COVID-19, and plans for reopening--and how CEO Bobby Kotick has been personally involved in the effort. READ MORE>>.

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 To Slash Almost 800 Employees

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Santa Monica-based game developer Activision Blizzard says it is slashing 8 percent of its staff, or nearly 800 employees, as a part of a restructuring effort at the company. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said that, although its financial results for 2018 "were the best in our history", the company "didn't reaize our full potential"--triggering the job cuts. activision blizzard layoff jobs employment gaming games videogame software

Activision Says Call Of Duty Hauls In $3 Billion In 12 Months

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Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision says its Call of Duty franchise has surpassed $3 billion in net bookings over the last 12 months. According to Activision, over 200 million people played Call of Duty this year, with November the biggest month ever for monthly players and hours played. callofduty activision earnings videogame content publishing

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 Blizzard Gains As Video Games See Surge

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard is seeing a surge in customers, the company said on Tuesday, as a result of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. activision blizzard videogame pandemic economyCEO Bobby Kotick told CNN yesterday that "the environment that we're in today, where you have high levels of unemployment and economic uncertainty, having free games on phones is going to probably be a big way to grow the audience".

Activision Blizzard Appoints Trio Of Executives To New Posts

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard made a trio of executive appointments today, naming Rob Kostich has been named President of Activision; apointing Humam Sakhnini as President of King Digital Entertainment; and naming Dennis Durkin President of Activision Blizzard's Emerging Businesses. Activision did not say what propted the shuffling of roles. activision blizzard executive kostich humam sakhini ennis drukin

LA500 Q&A: Activision’s Bobby Kotick on Pandemic Moves and the Power of Franchises

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Amid a global pandemic, Activision Blizzard shifted to a remote work model to facilitate the release of new games and the operation of two esports leagues

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'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 pitfall atari 2600 game jump templerun temple videogame content mobile iphone ipadAre you old enough to remember the popular Pitfall! adventure came on the Atari 2600? Well, Pitfall!

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

Activision Launches Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Beta

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Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision has launched a beta of its latest title in the Call of Duty line, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare. According to Activision, the beta of its title is available to PlayStation 4 players, giving and early access look to its new, multi-player features. The title--being developed for Activision by game studio Infinity Ward--will allow users playing on both gaming consoles and PC platforms to play together.

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 Launches Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Worldwide

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Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision said this morning that the latest sequel in its Call of Duty series of games, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 , is now available worldwide. callofduty activision ombie videogame content launch treyarchThe company said the title is now avaliable both digitally and at global retailers worldwide.