Activision Blizzard Settles With Shareholders Over Vivendi Stock Repurchase Plan

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision Blizzard has settled its lawsuit filed by shareholders after the company bought back a controlling interest in the former majority stakeholder Vivendi in 2013.

In a press release announcing the settlement, which still requires the approval of the Delaware court where the class action lawsuit was filed, the board of directors said the following:

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Blizzard: 'Diablo III' Cross-Platform Play Not Possible

November 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

I am not sure who the group of gamers are that imagined cross play between Sony and Xbox consoles was even a remote possibility, but Blizzard shattered that lofty dream over the weekend at its annual BlizzCon event.

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PSA: Beta Sign-Ups for Blizzard's 'Overwatch' Now Open

November 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After announcing its new team-based first-person shooter Overwatch, Blizzard has opened up registration for the beta it announced at BlizzCon today. You can sign up for that here. The beta will take place sometime in 2015.

Overwatch is reportedly based on its cancelled game codenamed "Titan" and is being helmed by World of Warcraft game director Jeff Kaplan. It is the first original IP announced by Blizzard in 17 years.

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Mike Morhaime Encourages BlizzCon Attendees to Take A Stand Against Harassment

November 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Update #2: In the opening ceremony, Morhaime does not say "GamerGate." At around the 5:52 mark in the opening ceremony video he says "there's been a small group of people doing really awful things." The WOW Insider liveblog could be referring to something said in an interview with Morhaime after on the DirecTV stage, which we currently don't have access to.

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PSA: Watch BlizzCon 2014 Live Streams

November 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

BlizzCon 2014 officially opens on Saturday, November 7, but if you weren't lucky enough to get tickets or afford to pay for a virtual ticket, Blizzard has you covered. You can at least watch the opening ceremony - which kicks off today at 11 am PT, and the tournaments happening during both days of the show through the Blizzard BlizzCon Live Stream.

The BlizzCon live stream can be found at www.blizzcon.com/live-stream.

You can also check out our BlizzCon Tournaments pages to find Blizzard's partners covering the eSports action:

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'World of Warcraft' Documentary Premiering at BlizzCon

November 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard Entertainment has launched a teaser trailer for the World of Warcraft, "World of Warcraft: Looking for Group." The movie celebrates the ten year anniversary of the popular MMO with interviews with key Blizzard designers and executives, and also commentary from some of the game's millions upon millions of fans.

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Activision Blizzard Reports Record Third-Quarter Results

November 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision Blizzard reported record third-quarter earnings, with year-over-year increases in revenues and income based on sales of its hit franchise Destiny and continued growth with World of Warcraft and Hearthstone. On a GAAP basis, the company reported sales of $753 million, way up from the $691 million from the same periods a year ago. On a non-GAAP basis, the company reported net revenues of $1.17 billion, way up from $657 million in the same period a year ago.

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'Hearthstone' and 'World of Warcraft' Bot Maker Halts Operations

November 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week Blizzard announced its intention to start banning bot users in its popular collectible card battle game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Thousands of account were banned for using bots, but it also had an effect on one bot maker - Crawlerbots. The company's Hearthstone and World of Warcraft programs are no longer available for purchase, and its website now consists of one simple and short statement.

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Blizzard Bans 'Several Thousand' Hearthstone Players

October 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard announced that it has banned "several thousand" Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft players who allegedly used bots to cheat in the popular collectible card game. Blizzard says that a number of players have been using illicit 'bot' software to play the game endlessly in the background, allowing them to hit the daily gold cap and in turn make it easier to level up with minimal effort. It took the company until this week to deal with the issue of cheating.

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Multiplayer Network Innovations Files 26 Patent Infringement Lawsuits Between August and October

October 16, 2014 - James Fudge

Multiplayer Network Innovations, LLC has added Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Tecmo Koei Games Co., Ltd., Iron Galaxy Studios, LLC, Tencent Holdings Limited, and Tencent America to its growing list of court room combatants in multiple lawsuits claiming that these companies violate an abstract patent for "Interactive Multiple Player Game System and Method of Playing a Game Between at Least Two Players," or "MNI."

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Analysts Agree: Canceling 'Titan' Was an Expensive Decision for Blizzard

September 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

At least three analysts who follow the video game industry say that Blizzard's cancelation of Titan this week may have cost the company tens of millions of dollars.

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Blizzard Officially Cancels 'Titan'

September 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After seven years of hush hush development, Blizzard has revealed that its super secret MMO project Titan is officially canceled.

"We didn't find the fun," Blizzard co-founder and CEO Mike Morhaime told Polygon in an interview. "We didn't find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that's the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no."

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PSA: Blizzard Will Wipe 'Heroes of the Storm' Accounts Next Week

September 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard will do a major Heroes of the Storm account wipe prior to its multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game entering the final phase of "technical alpha," according to Eurogamer.

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ESL to Host BlizzCon 2014’s World Championship Opening Weekend

September 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Professional eSports league ESL announced that it will host the BlizzCon 2014’s World Championship Opening Weekend at its studios in Burbank, California. ESL will be working with Blizzard Entertainment on BlizzCon 2014’s World Championship Opening Weekend (October 31st – November 2nd), which will be housed in the ESL TV Studios in Burbank, CA.

The event will be played out over two weekends for the first time in the its history and will feature qualification rounds for BlizzCon’s World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and Hearthstone World Championships.

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'Diablo III' Community Uncovers Experience Exploit

September 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While details on the exact nature of a new Diablo III exploit (thanks Blue's News) uncovered by players and already being investigated by the developer is unknown at this time, there are some concerns within the community that the problem will receive a hotfix without offering any kind of punitive action against players who are gleefully exploiting it.

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WoW Community Shows Support for Sick Community Member

September 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Tabytha and David Armstrong, long-time World of Warcraft players (who play on the Eldre’Thalas server), recently found out just how wonderful Blizzard and the vast community that plays its long-running MMO truly is. Of course, the couple already knew that. Last week David Armstrong posted a heartfelt thank you in the World of Warcraft forums to the game’s developers for the game, which has impacted he and his wife's life so dramatically over the years.

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BlizzCon Virtual Tickets Available for Purchase

September 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard has opened up sales for virtual tickets to BlizzCon. Those who can't attend this year's two-day celebration of all things Blizzard - World of Warcraft, Warcraft, Starcraft, Hearthstone,  Diablo, and more - can be a part of the event from the comfort of their homes.

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Several Robin Williams NPCs Spotted in 'Warlords of Draenor' Beta

September 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

WoWHead has located several NPCS in the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor beta that pay homage to the late Robin Williams. You may recall that Blizzard said last month that it would add the late comedian - who was a big fan of World of Warcraft - into the game to pay tribute to him.

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Google Anti-Abuse Research Head Hacks 'Hearthstone,' But Keeps Code to Himself

September 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Back in August, Elie Bursztein, the man in charge of Google's anti-abuse research team, detailed how he developed a tool to exploit Blizzard's popular collectible trading card game, Hearthstone. Bursztein gave a lengthy presentation on how he accomplished the hack during the Defcon 22 hacking conference in Las Vegas, but broke from convention by refusing to release his work online.

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Hackers Aim DDoS Attacks at PSN, Xbox Live, and Other Services

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony announced via the PlayStation Blog that the online service for its game consoles, PlayStation Network, is back online after a day-long outage caused by a targeted distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. PSN and Sony Entertainment Network returned to service at 3 a.m. ET. A statement on the PlayStation Blog from Sony explained that the system was taken offline because of the DDoS attack.

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UK WOW Subscribers Getting a Rate Hike

August 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard has revealed that when the next expansion for World of Warcraft is released later this year, subscribers in the UK will have to pay a slightly larger amount for their monthly subscriptions. When the Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft releases this November, the game's monthly subscription fee will increase to £9.99.

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World of Warcraft Loses 800K Subscribers in the Last Three Months

August 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard saw 800,000 players walk away from its popular MMO World of Warcraft during the April-June quarter. The subscriber numbers were revealed yesterday as part of a conference call to discuss the company's latest financial results. As of June 30, the game had 6.8 million paying subscribers, down from the 7.6 million paying subscribers it had as of March 31.

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Blizzard President Says His Company is Working to Create More Diverse and Inclusive Content

July 11, 2014 - GamePolitcs Staff

Blizzard president and a co-founder Mike Morhaime says that his studio is making a concerted effort going forward to create more diverse and inclusive game characters and content. Morhaime made his comments in response to an open letter aimed at him and Blizzard complaining about under-representation of females and ethnic minorities in the company's games.

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PSA: Diablo III Auction Houses Shutting Down Today

June 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard warned players back in March that the auction houses for Diablo III on PC would be shutting down today - June 24. The company warned Diablo III players again on June 18 that if they didn't claim items in the virtual game auction by the end of the day today those items or cash would be gone forever.

More details on the final and irrevocable shutdown of the auction house can be found here. To reiterate what Blizzard said back in March concerning the whole ordeal:

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Blizzard Sues 'Starcraft 2' Cheat Makers

May 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard Entertainment is suing the makers of the Starcraft II "ValiantChaos MapHack" cheat, according to this TorrentFreak report. Blizzard is suing the makers of the cheat program for copyright infringement, and for ruining the Starcraft II gaming experience for legitimate online players. In the complaint filed at a federal court in California, Blizzard said in its complaint that the cheat ruins the fun for other players.

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Vivendi Selling $866 Million in Activision Blizzard Stock

May 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

French media conglomerate Vivendi announced this morning its plans to sell half of its stake in video game publisher Activision Blizzard. This latest sale of holdings in the company will likely be used to pay down debts and focus its business on its music and media properties. Last month the company agreed to sell its SFR mobile phone unit in France to Altice and a controlling stake in African telecommunications company Maroc Telecom to Etisalat last year.

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Download 'The Lost Vikings' For Free

May 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard has made its classic Super Nintendo adventure game, The Lost Vikings, available as a free download (thanks Joystiq). It was one of the first games the company made (which was published by Interplay, long before it was known for creating Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, and World of Warcraft. In the game players take control of three Vikings and alternate between them to use their special skills to solve environmental puzzles.

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Blizzard: Hearthstone Beta Test Validated Free-to-Play Model as the Right Choice

April 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Key staff members at Blizzard say that the free-to-play model used in Blizzard's popular trading card game Hearthstone was "validated" as the right decision during its beta phase, with Twitch playing a major role in the decision. Speaking to Eurogamer, the game's production editor Jason Chayes said that watching players stream the beta version on Twitch and do well without spending any money convinced the team that it wasn't being exploitative.

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BlizzCon 2014 Set for Nov. 7 - 8

April 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard Entertainment announced that its two-day fan event, BlizzCon, will take place Nov 7 - 8 in Anaheim, Calif. Tickets for the two-day event dedicated to fans of World of Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft will will go on sale May 7 for $199 at 7 p.m. PT and again on Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. PT.

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NetEase Licenses 'Heroes of the Storm' for Mainland China

April 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and NetEase have inked an agreement to license Blizzard Entertainment's Heroes of the Storm to a NetEase-affiliate in mainland China for a term of three years. Heroes of the Storm is Blizzard's upcoming free-to-play, online team brawler featuring heroes from more than 20 years of Blizzard gaming history. Gamers will be able to play some of their favorite characters from the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes, and team up with friends to battle other teams online.

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PHX Corphttp://www.craveonline.com/gaming/articles/801575-sony-refuses-offer-refund-playstation-game-fraudulently-purchased-hacker Sony Refuses to Offer Refund for PlayStation Game Fraudulently Purchased by Hacker12/18/2014 - 1:43pm
NeenekoMakes sense to me, and sounds kinda cool. One cool thing about Minecraft is the meta game, you can implement other game types within its mechanics. There are servers out there with plots, an episodic single player one sound kinda cool12/18/2014 - 11:07am
MaskedPixelantehttps://mojang.com/announcing-minecraft-story-mode/ Umm... what?12/18/2014 - 10:24am
NeenekoThat would make sense. Theaters probably can not afford the liability worry or a drop in ticket sales from worried people. Sony on the other hand can take a massive writeoff, and might even be able to bypass distribution contracts for greater profit.12/18/2014 - 10:03am
ConsterNeeneko: I thought they cancelled it because the major cinema franchises were too scared of terrorist attacks to show the film?12/18/2014 - 9:55am
Neeneko@Wonderkarp - there is still a lot of debate regarding if the movie was a motive or not. Unnamed officials say yes, the timeline says no.12/18/2014 - 9:10am
NeenekoSomething does not smell right though, Sony is no stranger to being hacked, so why cancel this film? For that matter, they are still not giving in to hacker's original demands as far as I know.12/18/2014 - 9:06am
PHX Corp@prh99 Not to mention the Dangerous Precedent that sony's hacking scandal just set http://mashable.com/2014/12/17/sony-hackers-precedent/12/18/2014 - 8:25am
Matthew WilsonI hope its released to netflix or amazon12/18/2014 - 12:11am
prh99Basically they've given every tin pot dictator and repressive regime a blue print how to conduct censorship abroad. The hecklers veto wins again. At least when it comes to Sony and the four major theater chains.12/17/2014 - 11:55pm
MaskedPixelante"It's not OUR fault that our game doesn't work, it's YOUR fault for having so many friends."12/17/2014 - 9:48pm
Matthew Wilsonapparently tetris did not work because he has a full friends list12/17/2014 - 9:21pm
WonderkarpSo Sony cancelled the release of the Interview. was it ever confirmed that the Sony hacking was done because of that specific movie?12/17/2014 - 8:54pm
MaskedPixelanteWow, Ubisoft went four for four, I didn't think it was actually possible.12/17/2014 - 8:37pm
MechaTama31Oh, ok, I was mixing up "on Greenlight" and "Greenlit".12/17/2014 - 8:23pm
Matthew Wilson@phx you beat me to it. how do you screw up tetris?! my ubisoft this is just stupid. no one should ever preorder a ubisoft game again! ps people should never preorder any game regardles of dev.12/17/2014 - 6:28pm
PHX Corphttp://www.ign.com/videos/2014/12/17/what-the-heck-is-wrong-with-tetris-ps4 I give up on ubisoft12/17/2014 - 6:01pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://comicbook.com/blog/2014/08/16/exclusive-original-unaltered-cut-of-star-wars-trilogy-to-be-rele/ Yeah, this'll never happen.12/17/2014 - 5:03pm
NeenekoThey have and exercise control over which games are allowed on their privately controlled 'open forum'. Their endorsement is fairly minimal since it is only 'we do not reject this', but it is still an endorsement of sorts.12/17/2014 - 3:58pm
NeenekoHistorically there have been issues with libraries allowing some groups but not others. Perhaps 'endorsement' is too strong a word, but their editorial control IS a preapproval process, even if the standards are pretty minimal.12/17/2014 - 3:56pm
 

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