Delaware court approves Activision settlement with shareholders

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Delaware court has approved a $275 million settlement to shareholders who felt that the management of Activision Blizzard had grossly enriched themselves and left investors out in the cold after it bought back Vivendi SA's stake in the company. The court also approved the $72.5 million fee to lawyers who represented plaintiffs in the case. The settlement was reached last year.

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World of Warcraft subscriber numbers decline

May 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest subscriber numbers for World of Warcraft's show that the long running MMO is in a period of decline. The subscriber numbers were revealed as part of Activision's latest financial results.  Blizzard's MMO is still popular enough to keep the attention of 7.1 million subscribers, but those numbers are down substantially from the 10 million subscribers the game enjoyed back in November.

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PSA: Buy BlizzCon tickets tonight at 7pm PDT

April 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Tonight at 7pm PDT will be your shot at purchasing tickets for Blizzard's annual BlizzCon fan gathering taking place later this year. Blizzard suggests that purchasers check out the ticket info section of the BlizzCon website or read its ticket-purchasing guide prior to trying to get those elusive tickets. Chances are many will not be lucky enough to secure tickets tonight because they will probably sell out minutes after they are available.

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Activision unconcerned about Skylanders competitor LEGO Dimensions

April 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today Warner Bros. Interactive announced LEGO Dimensions, a toy-based game similar to Activision's Skylanders series, Disney Infinity, and Nintendo's games that utilize amiibo figures. The game being developed by Traveler's Tales will leverage LEGO-branded properties such as DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie, The Wizard of Oz, LEGO Ninjago, Back to the Future, and more. WB revealed a $100 Starter Pack which features Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle toys, with more to be revealed at a later date.

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Activision: 175 million 'Call of Duty' games sold to-date

March 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision released an infographic today showing the cumulative sales of its popular Call of Duty series since 2010. According to that infographic the company has sold 175 million Call of Duty games. Call of Duty has also generated $11 billion in total lifetime revenue, according to Activision.

Other data in the infographic:

- Over 100 billion multiplayer matches played to date.

- More than 300 million grenades chucked by players.

- Around 579 billion in-game awards have been earned by players.

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Former 'Call of Duty' lead designer comes home

March 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It turns out that you can go home - and even after you sue dear old mom and dad, apparently. It looks like former Call of Duty lead designer Todd Alderman has returned to Activision's Infinity Ward studio. You may recall that Alderman was one of 38 members of the "Infinity Ward Employee Group" who sued Activision in early 2010 for $75 - $125 million for unpaid bonuses the group claimed it was owed for work on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

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Acceleration Bay Claims 'Call of Duty' and 'World of Warcraft' Violate Six Patents

March 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Acceleration Bay LLC has sued Activision Blizzard Inc. claiming that two of the company's biggest franchises violate six of the patents it holds (Civil Action No. 1:15-cv-00228-UNA). We do not have access to the filings or exhibits as of this writing. Acceleration Bay appears to a patent holding company and does not produce any products or services with these patents, according to what we found on its web site. Activision Blizzard has not issued a public statement about the case.

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Petition Call on Activision and Infinity Ward To Revamp 'Modern Warfare 2' for PS4, Xbox One

March 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Change.org petition urges Activision and Infinity Ward to rework Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for Xbox One and PS4.

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Sledgehammer Games Handing Out Bans For 'Reverse Boosting' in 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare'

January 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sledgehammer Games is banning players who deliberately kill themselves to "reverse boost" their levels in multiplayer sessions of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, according to this Eurogamer report.

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Report: Activision Abandons Two Trademarks

December 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision Publishing has cancelled (or abandoned) two trademarks, according to a report on Games Cabin. The first is a trademark for Radical Entertainment's catch-phrase "Play, Work, Live, Breathe, Games." The company, which Activision acquired in 2005, is best known for developing Scarface: The World Is Yours, Crash: Mind over Mutant, Prototype, and other titles. Currently the studio serves as a support team for Activision.

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Analyst: 'Call of Duty' Franchise Sees Year-Over-Year Decline in Sales

December 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like this year's Call of Duty is not faring as well as last year's Call of Duty, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson - as reported by Street Insider. Olson said the NPD Group's November US retail sales of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare were down 27 percent compared to last year's Call of Duty: Ghosts.

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Activision Prevails in 'Angry Monkey' Military Patch Lawsuit

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The United States District Court for Northern California has sided with Activision in a case brought against it by military patch maker Mil-Spec Monkey, Inc. for including one of its trademarked patches in Call of Duty: Ghosts. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg said that the plaintiff's trademarked Angry Monkey patch used by Activision was covered as protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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Sony Platforms Get Special Exclusives in Upcoming Destiny DLC

December 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The buddy-buddy relationship between Sony and Activision continues as the publisher announces exclusive DLC for the PS3 and PS4 versions of its online RPGish shooter, Destiny.

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CCP Games Shuts Down Fan-Made 'Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines' Project

November 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A fan-made project to recreate the Troika Games-developed Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (originally published by Activision) using Unity has been shut down by CCP Games.

CCP Games owns the popular vampire-themed RPG world now, and according to the group behind Project Vaulderie, it has sent them a Cease and Desists letter. The non-commercial remake has been put on hold, but the developers are continue to explore ways to make the project a reality at some point.

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Report: Activision Using DMCA Takedowns on 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' Cheat and Glitch Videos

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Ars Technica report, Activision is using DMCA takedowns on YouTube videos that tell players how to use glitches and exploits in its latest Call of Duty title, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Over the weekend video network Machinima sent out a tweet warning other YouTube video makers that Activision was cracking down on videos that highlighted possible ways to cheat in Advanced Warfare:

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Activision Proclaims Latest 'Call of Duty' Game The Biggest Entertainment Launch of the Year

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This brief Gamasutra report highlights an interesting point about what Activision is and isn't saying about its latest Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Usually Activision is more than happy to share sales figures on new Call of Duty titles, but this time around the company instead focused on overall sales of the franchise to-date.

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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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PSA: Free Trial Available Now for 'Destiny'

November 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bungie has released a free demo (or trial depending on what platform you download it on) for its first-person online focused shooter Destiny across all platforms the game is available on. The demo gives players a small taste of the Destiny character creation and progression systems, story mission content, and cooperative and social activities.

On Xbox One and PS4, the Destiny trial requires 20 GB of disk space, while the Destiny demo on Xbox 360 and PS3 requires 6 GB of free disk space.

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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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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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'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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Sony Issues Advisory for PS Store 'Call of Duty Advance Warfare' Customers

November 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony has issued an advisory for those who pre-ordered and pre-loaded the digital version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PS4 through the PlayStation Store and couldn't get the game to work.

"If you pre-loaded CoD: AW and you're experiencing issues with the game, you must delete all pre-load files from your system and re-download all Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare content," advised Sony in a response posted via the official PlayStation Knowledge Center.

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CoD: Advanced Warfare Lead Developer: Our Fans Are Not 'Toxic or Misogynistic'

November 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's lead developer has told BBC program Newsbeat that he doesn't see the Call of Duty community as being "misogynistic," and that he has a "low tolerance for toxic behavior."

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Court Dismisses Manuel Noriega's Lawsuit Against Activision

October 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega against Call of Duty maker Activision. In his lawsuit filed in July, Noriega claimed that his likeness was used without his permission in Treyarch's first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. In the game protagonists Alex Mason and Frank Woods track Noriega (codenamed False Profit by the CIA) to the outskirts of Panama City.

Noriega sued Activision for the "blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain" of his image in Black Ops 2.

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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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Report: Tencent Making More Money Than EA, Activision

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

You might be under the impression that the video game company that make the most money in the world would be Electronic Arts, Sony, Microsoft, Activision, or even Google and Apple. But according to a new report from New Zoo that distinction belongs to Tencent.

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California Court Dismisses McRO Patent Claims Against Activision, Others

September 26, 2014 - James Fudge

The United States District Court for the Central District of California has invalidated the patent claims of McRO, Inc. (d.b.a. Planet Blue) against Activision and other parties in the video games industry. The two patents invalidated by U.S. District Judge George H. Wu concerned processes for "automatically animating lip synchronization and facial expressions of 3D characters."

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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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Activision Blizzard Hires Rudy Giuliani To Take On Manuel Noriega

September 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision Blizzard announced this morning that it has every intention of filing a motion to dismiss what it categorizes as a frivolous lawsuit filed by former Panamanian dictator and convicted murderer Manuel Noriega. But the oddest twist to the story is who Activision Blizzard has hired to handle the case: former New York City Mayor, U.S. Attorney for New York, and Republican Candidate for President, Rudy Giuliani.

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Infophileas being "family friendly." A kid could easily flip an option and be hit with a torrent of abuse they weren't expecting.05/26/2015 - 5:30am
InfophileI think Nintendo was between a rock and a hard place with voice chat in Splatoon. Leave it in, and jerks will drive off younger players. Leave it out, and competitive players won't play. Even if it were in but disabled by default, they couldn't sell it...05/26/2015 - 5:29am
Matthew Wilsonthis is a nice video on P.T https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-85jO6nRNQ05/25/2015 - 11:57pm
Matthew Wilsonmaybe, but its still kinda sad even as a joke.05/25/2015 - 11:51pm
Goth_SkunkThe best commentary is delivered through humour.05/25/2015 - 11:36pm
Andrew EisenIt's not needed. It's a joke. Albeit one with quite a bit of commentary packed into it.05/25/2015 - 10:59pm
Matthew Wilsonmot game related, but still interesting. http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/25/8654983/jurassic-world-chris-pratt-apology the fact that this is even needed in modern culture is a embarrassment.05/25/2015 - 10:26pm
Matthew Wilsonyeah, but with no voice chat its doa.05/25/2015 - 9:48pm
TechnogeekYet, you're going to be hard-pressed to find anyone other than insecure 2EDGY4U teenagers seeing it as anything other than an extremely fun game.05/25/2015 - 8:36pm
TechnogeekSplatoon's probably the best example at this point. Gameplay-wise, it's a team-based third-person shooter with a significant online component. It's rated E10.05/25/2015 - 8:36pm
TechnogeekThe silliest thing about most of the Nintendo hatred is that they may be the last company that interprets "family-friendly" as meaning "fun for more than just the really young kids".05/25/2015 - 8:33pm
ZippyDSMleeWell it could be worse, like skyrim out of the box, a shame DAI dose not have that level of editing...05/25/2015 - 5:58pm
Zenpretty well without getting "nasty". Many people are disappointed in the decision and the about face on the status of the games development.05/25/2015 - 4:22pm
ZenEvery market has horrible people...but being like this towards all of them in a group is not a way to garner support and can make people more hostile towards you. Ironically his response was to someone that wanted to state a disagreement, but worded it05/25/2015 - 4:22pm
Goth_SkunkAs demonstrated by Ian's remarks, that 'market of possible fans' is apparently negligible.05/25/2015 - 4:18pm
Zeninformation while other versions had everything talked about openly.05/25/2015 - 4:15pm
ZenYeah, I've read through it and wanted to make sure I had it quoted correctly. I get there are issues, but this is horribly unprofessional and just burning a market of possible fans..many of which supported them and were waiting while getting little to no05/25/2015 - 4:15pm
Goth_SkunkOh wow. That's not even misquoted, he actually said that. Though for additional context in previous pages, he truly does not think highly of Nintendo console owners, and claims that in the industry, he's not alone.05/25/2015 - 4:12pm
ZenI also took a screenshot of the statement in case it is taken down (via my Twitter): https://twitter.com/zenspath/status/60293960536562483205/25/2015 - 4:05pm
ZenLink for my previous post - http://forum.projectcarsgame.com/showthread.php?27584-Project-Cars-Sales-figures&p=942776&viewfull=1#post94277605/25/2015 - 4:03pm
 

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