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  • Jun. 26, 2012, 2:48 PM

    Announced thus far at Zynga's (ZNGA +1.2%) Unleashed event: 1) An multi-platform (i.e. Facebook-independent) social network called Zynga With Friends, which will connect users of Zynga's PC and mobile games. 2) New features for the gaming platform, which relies on Facebook (FB) logins for now. 3) The creation of a publishing platform for third-party mobile developers (Activision has similar ideas). (live blog) (previous)

    | Jun. 26, 2012, 2:48 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 14, 2012, 7:03 PM

    U.S. retail video game industry sales fell 28% Y/Y in May to $516.5M, per NPD. That's just a little better than April's 32% drop. Software sales fell a "mere" 16% thanks to the strong reception for Activision's (ATVI) Diablo III (previous), but hardware sales fell 39% as the big-3 consoles continue to show their age. NPD notes there have been 27% fewer game releases YTD than there were at the same point last year, and thinks sales could pick up in 2H as new titles arrive.

    | Jun. 14, 2012, 7:03 PM | 4 Comments
  • Jun. 13, 2012, 1:54 PM

    Activision (ATVI), which has made limited forays thus far into the burgeoning mobile gaming market, announces it's partnering with mobile advertising/analytics firm Flurry to create a publishing arm that will promote and distribute third-party iOS/Android games under the Activision Mobile Publishing brand. Separately, Activision has launched an auction house for virtual goods that can be used in its hit Diablo III game.

    | Jun. 13, 2012, 1:54 PM
  • Jun. 7, 2012, 3:49 PM

    Vivendi (VIVHY.PK +2%) reportedly is considering reorganization options, including the potential sale of all or part of its 61% stake in videogame publisher Activision (ATVI -2.5%). Unclear is what Vivendi might do with any proceeds from selling the ATVI stake, who might be interested in buying it, or whether a such move would lead to an acquisition of the company in whole.

    | Jun. 7, 2012, 3:49 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jun. 4, 2012, 5:50 PM

    Electronics Arts' (EA) deal with THQ is just one of several announcements EA is making today, courtesy of the E3 convention. EA is also releasing its anticipated SimCity Social Facebook game, which will compete with Zynga's (ZNGA) CityVille, and is introducing a $50/year premium service for its popular Battlefield 3 first-person shooter. The premium service comes as archrival Activision (ATVI) witnesses strong growth for the premium service available for its Call of Duty franchise.

    | Jun. 4, 2012, 5:50 PM | 1 Comment
  • May 23, 2012, 12:41 PM

    An L.A. Times article about a 2010 game-development contract between Activision (ATVI) and developer Bungie suggest the next Xbox (MSFT) will be called the Xbox 720, and arrive in fall 2013. Past rumors (I, II, III) have suggested the device will sport an ARM-based (ARMH) CPU and AMD graphics processor, and will be accompanied by a low-end model focused on Kinect play.

    | May 23, 2012, 12:41 PM | 3 Comments
  • May 21, 2012, 11:41 AM

    Activision (ATVI) is creating a new U.K. mobile games studio with the help of Martyn Brown, former head of game developer Team17. Compared with archrival Electronic Arts (EA), which paid top dollar to purchase PopCap Games, Activision has taken a cautious approach to its mobile gaming investments.

    | May 21, 2012, 11:41 AM
  • May 17, 2012, 9:17 AM
    Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision (ATVI) have settled a $400M suit led by the latter over the former's hiring of two execs with ties to Activision's Call of Duty franchise. Terms of the settlement haven't been disclosed.
    | May 17, 2012, 9:17 AM
  • May 16, 2012, 3:41 PM

    Reports of server connectivity problems for Activision's (ATVI -3%) just-released Diablo 3 are taking a chunk out of shares. According to PC Magazine, ATVI took down the game's servers yesterday at "10:22 a.m. PT for an hour, then from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., then from 2:15 p.m. PT until 3:30 p.m." This, after ATVI had spent over a decade developing the well-received game.

    | May 16, 2012, 3:41 PM
  • May 11, 2012, 11:29 AM

    U.S. retail sales of new video game hardware and software tumbled 32% Y/Y to $630M in April, according to market researcher NPD, including a 32% drop in hardware sales, a 42% drop in software sales and a 1% rise in sales of accessories. Weak software sales in part reflected “a very light release schedule in terms of the amount of compelling new games."

    | May 11, 2012, 11:29 AM
  • May 9, 2012, 6:12 PM

    During its Q1 earnings call, Activision (ATVI) talked up its expectations for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, predicting it will be the biggest game of the history of the hit franchise, in spite of very strong sales for its predecessor. The company adds pre-orders for Black Ops II have broken records, and that it's looking create an online-only Call of Duty game for the Chinese market. ATVI +1.1% AH. (also)

    | May 9, 2012, 6:12 PM | 1 Comment
  • May 9, 2012, 4:49 PM

    More on Activision's Q1: Online subscriptions were 43% of sales, down 200 bps Y/Y. Nonetheless, World of Warcraft subscribers were steady Q/Q at 10.2M. Sales fell strongly across all regions, and home console sales fell 51% Y/Y. Call of Duty Elite now has 10M+ registered users and 2M+ premium users, up from 7M+ and 1.5M+ at end of Q4. Deferred revenue was $917M, down 38% Y/Y. ATVI +1.6% AH. (PR)

    | May 9, 2012, 4:49 PM
  • May 9, 2012, 4:11 PM
    Activision Blizzard (ATVI): Q1 EPS of $0.06 beats by $0.02. Revenue of $587M (-22% Y/Y) beats by $31.1M. Expects Q2 revenue of $805M and EPS of $0.10, below consensus of $822.2M and $0.16. Expects 2012 revenue of $4.53B and EPS of $0.95, slightly below consensus of $4.57B and $0.97. Shares -0.7% AH. (PR)
    | May 9, 2012, 4:11 PM
  • May 9, 2012, 12:10 AM

    Notable earnings after Wednesday's close: ATVI, AUQ, BMC, CSCO, CTL, MKL, NWSA, PCLN, TSLA, WR

    | May 9, 2012, 12:10 AM
  • May 8, 2012, 5:35 PM

    Notable earnings after Wednesday's close: ATVI, AUQ, BMC, CSCO, CTL, MKL, NWSA, PCLN, TSLA, WR

    | May 8, 2012, 5:35 PM
  • May 8, 2012, 3:50 PM

    Though Electronic Arts (EA -4.6%) has sold off following its FQ4 report, archrival Activision (ATVI +0.7%) is set to close the day higher. The likely reason: EA's 400K subscriber drop for Star Wars: The Old Republic bodes well for Activision's World of Warcraft. Though WoW has been shedding subscribers, it still had 10.2M as of Dec. 31. That's far more than The Old Republic's 1.3M as of March 31, and makes the franchise a cash cow. (previous) (more on EA)

    | May 8, 2012, 3:50 PM
Company Description
Activision Blizzard Inc is an online, personal computer, video game console, tablet, handheld, and mobile game publisher. It has three operating segments: - Activision Publishing, Inc., Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Activision Blizzard Distribution.