'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3' is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

One thing you can never call Activision is stupid when it comes to squeezing the very last nickel from its largest franchise - the Call of Duty series. Earlier this year Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 developer Treyarch told Eurogamer that the latest game was only for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Activision Blizzard tells SEC it does not use 'conflict minerals'

June 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a new filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday Activision Blizzard said that it has no reason to believe - based on information from its various suppliers - that it is using conflict minerals to fund armed conflicts in Africa or other countries, GamesIndustry.biz reports. The filing is to show that the company is in compliance with provision in the Dodd-Frank Act Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

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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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TechnogeekIn large part, though, that's an extension of the level of unjust deference given to police in general. Kind of hard to find any real grievances to defend against when the organizational culture views "complains about coworker" as worse than "murderer".07/07/2015 - 8:45pm
TechnogeekThat's a police union.07/07/2015 - 8:43pm
TechnogeekNo, police unions are worse by far. Imagine every negative stereotype about unions, then add "we can get away with anything".07/07/2015 - 8:43pm
Goth_SkunkeZeek: No, I do not agree they are union members.07/07/2015 - 7:48pm
E. Zachary KnightTeachers unions are just as bad as police unions, except of course you are far less likely to be killed by a teacher on duty than you are a cop. But they also protect bad teachers from being fired.07/07/2015 - 6:29pm
E. Zachary KnightGoth, so you agree they are still union members. Thankfully we have a first ammendment that protects people from being forced to join groups they don't support (in most cases any way.)07/07/2015 - 6:27pm
E. Zachary KnightAh, police unions. The reason why cops can't get fired when they beat a defenseless mentally ill homeless person to death. Or when they throw a grenade into a baby's crib. Or when theykill people they were called in to help not hurt themselves.07/07/2015 - 6:26pm
Goth_SkunkeZeek: Non-union employees have no right to attend meetings or union convention/AGM, or influence policy. The only time they get to vote is whether or not to strike.07/07/2015 - 6:24pm
Infophile(cont'd) about non-union police officers being given hell until they joined the union.07/07/2015 - 4:58pm
InfophileParadoxically, the drive in the US to get rid of unions seems to have left only the most corrupt surviving. They seem to be the only ones that can find ways to browbeat employees into joining when paying dues isn't mandatory. I've heard some stories ...07/07/2015 - 4:57pm
Matthew WilsonI am old school on this. I believe its a conflict of interest to have public sector unions. that being said, I do not have a positive look on unions in general.07/07/2015 - 3:59pm
TechnogeekWhat's best for the employee tends to be good for the employer; other way around, not so much. So long as that's the case, there's going to be a far stronger incentive for management to behave in such a way that invites retalitation than for the union to.07/07/2015 - 3:10pm
TechnogeekTeachers' unions? State legislatures. UAW? Just look at GM's middle management.07/07/2015 - 3:05pm
TechnogeekIn many ways it seems that the worse a union tends to behave, the worse that the company's management has behaved in the past.07/07/2015 - 3:02pm
james_fudgeCharity starts at home ;)07/07/2015 - 2:49pm
james_fudgeSo mandatory charity? That sounds shitty to me07/07/2015 - 2:49pm
E. Zachary KnightGoth, if Union dues are automatically withdrawn, then there is no such thing as a non-union employee.07/07/2015 - 2:38pm
Goth_Skunka mutually agreed upon charity instead.07/07/2015 - 2:33pm
Goth_Skunkyou enjoy the benefits of working in a union environment. If working in a union is against your religious beliefs or just something you wholeheartedly object to, dues will still be deducted from your pay, but you can instruct that they be directed towards07/07/2015 - 2:33pm
Goth_SkunkBasically, if you are employed in a business where employees are represented by a union for the purposes of collective bargaining, whether or not you are a union member, you will have union dues deducted from your pay, since regardless of membership,07/07/2015 - 2:32pm
 

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