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  • Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will Start Disclosing Loot Box Odds

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    Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will Start Disclosing Loot Box Odds

    This joint effort announced today by the ESA.

    The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), yes that one, announced today that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will now have required policies that ensure the odds of loot boxes are known on their platforms. These odds will be shown on any and all paid loot boxes in games that are developed for their platform.

    This comes straight from the ESA's chief counsel for tech policy during a workshop on loot boxes held by the Federal Trade Commission. ...
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  • Blizzard Will Not Release Any Major Games in 2019

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    Blizzard Will Not Release Any Major Games in 2019


    Yesterday, news about Blizzard's upcoming year got a bit lost in the shuffle and understandably so. However, during yesterday's earnings call with investors, it was revealed that Blizzard has no "frontline release" planned for the 2019 fiscal year.

    In short: This means they aren't going to release any new titles in the next year. Yes, this includes the oft pined for desktop Diablo 4.

    Activision Blizzard president Collister Johnson had this to say during the call.



    That seems about as straight to the point as you can get....
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  • Activision Blizzard Lays Off Nearly 800 Employees Right After Announcing 'Record Year'


    This evening, Activision Blizzard began to inform numerous employees that they will be let go from the company. The layoffs started shortly after the conclusion of an earnings call made this afternoon. The company says that they will be eliminating 8% of its total staff. As of 2018, Activision Blizzard employed around 9,600 people. If this figure holds up, that means at least 770 people are now out of work.

    Those impacted by the layoffs are spread out across multiple Activision Blizzard departments. This includes Activision's publishing division, Blizzard, High Moon, and King....
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  • Activision Wants to Turn Call of Duty Into a Movie Universe

    Activision Wants to Turn Call of Duty Into a Movie Universe

    According to a new report by The Guardian, Activision wants to turn Call of Duty into a film universe that would rival that of the Marvel Universe.

    Two people are tasked with trying to pull this off. They are Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk, the co-presidents of Activision Blizzard Studios, a new "in-house production division that hopes to succeed where almost everyone else has failed by turning games into commercially and critically successful film and TV." Work on the project has already generated a number of scripts thanks to assistance from "military experts and retired soldiers."
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  • Activision Wants to Turn Call of Duty Into a Movie Universe

    According to a new report by The Guardian, Activision wants to turn Call of Duty into a film universe that would rival that of the Marvel Universe....
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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III Valor Calling Cards Launched to Support Veteran Hiring

    Activision Blizzard is helping out our nation's veterans once again. This time they are offering a Call of Duty Endowment (C.O.D.E.) Valor Calling Card Set through Call of Duty: Black Ops III. This is a pack of "three exclusive, animated calling cards each depicting epic scenes from military action across the sea, air, and land, honoring those who have served in the armed forces."
    Designed by Treyarch, the C.O.D.E. Valor Calling Card Set is on sale for a suggested retail price of $3.99. All gross proceeds received by Activision will be donated to the Endowment, which will use all funds to help veterans secure quality careers after their military
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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III Valor Calling Cards Launched to Support Veteran Hiring

    Activision Blizzard is helping out our nation's veterans once again. This time they are offering a Call of Duty Endowment (C.O.D.E.) Valor Calling Card...
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  • Activision Blizzard Acquires King

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    Activision Blizzard Acquires King

    Activision Blizzard has finalized their acquisition of King. Last November, the companies agreed to a deal that would find the Candy Crush developer becoming part of Activision Blizzard for $5.9 billion (USD).
    "We now reach over 500 million users across almost every country, making us the largest game network in the world," says Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. "We see great opportunities to create new ways for audiences to experience their favorite franchises, from Candy Crush to World of Warcraft to Call of Duty and more, across mobile devices, consoles and personal computers."
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    Activision Blizzard Acquires King

    Activision Blizzard has finalized their acquisition of King. Last November, the companies agreed to a deal that would find the Candy Crush developer...
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  • Activision Buys MLG - EsportsLOL Bits

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    Activision Buys MLG - EsportsLOL Bits

    Activision Blizzard is all like "we esports now, baby!" The company finalized their acquisition of Major League Gaming (MLG) this past week.
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    Activision Buys MLG - EsportsLOL Bits

    Activision Blizzard is all like "we esports now, baby!" The company finalized their acquisition of Major League Gaming (MLG) this past week....
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  • Vivendi Increases Stake in Ubisoft and Gameloft to Over 10%

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    Vivendi Increases Stake in Ubisoft and Gameloft to Over 10%

    Today, Vivendi upped their stakes in both Ubisoft and Gameloft to over 10%. This comes roughly one week after their initial purchase of Ubisoft stock gave them 6.6% total ownership in the studio.
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  • Vivendi Increases Stake in Ubisoft and Gameloft to Over 10%

    Today, Vivendi upped their stakes in both Ubisoft and Gameloft to over 10%. This comes roughly one week after their initial purchase of Ubisoft...
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  • Sierra Rises from the Dead

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    Sierra Rises from the Dead

    Sierra was a well known developer and publisher of games in the 80's, 90's, and up to the point it ceased to be in 2008. Well, it's back. At least, it might be back?

    The following video plays prior to showing a rather sparse page on a newly launched Sierra website.


    Back in 2008, Sierra's parent company Vivendi Universal merged with Activision to form Activision Blizzard. As a result, ownership of Sierra was transferred to Activision. Later that year, Sierra was closed down with hopes of simply being sold off.

    During its (former) lifetime, Sierra had a hand in games such as Leisure Suit...
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  • Shawn Zipay
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    Sierra Rises from the Dead

    Sierra was a well known developer and publisher of games in the 80's, 90's, and up to the point it ceased to be in 2008. Well, it's back. At...
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