Entries in 'blizzard' (237)

Blizzard: DRM is ‘a losing battle’

Blizzard: DRM is ‘a losing battle’

Developer Blizzard will use a one-off Battle.net activation as its way to safeguard upcoming release StarCraft II from piracy.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 27th 2010 at 11:17AM in News
Blizzard: WoW userbase to grow once more

Blizzard: WoW userbase to grow once more

Blizzard believes World of Warcraft will see a significant rise in subscriptions this year, dismissing claims that the MMO has reached its peak.

James Batchelor
by James Batchelor
on May 25th 2010 at 3:28PM in News
Starcraft II dated

Starcraft II dated

The next instalment in one of Blizzard Entertainment’s most keenly loved franchises, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, has finally been give a release date.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 4th 2010 at 10:37AM in News
Activision: Treyarch is taking CoD to the next level

Activision: Treyarch is taking CoD to the next level

Activision Publishing's chief operating officer Thomas Tippl has promised that developer Treyarch will push the next Call of Duty's quality beyond that seen in previous iterations of the series.

Will Freeman
by Will Freeman
on Apr 30th 2010 at 12:09PM in News

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Griffith relinquishes Activision role

Griffith relinquishes Activision role

It has been confirmed that the CEO and president of Activision Publishing Mike Griffith resigned from both of his roles on April 23rd.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Apr 28th 2010 at 10:27AM in News
Modern Warfare 2 reaches 25m players

Modern Warfare 2 reaches 25m players

As many as 25m gamers have played Modern Warfare 2 online since its launch, according to developer Infinity Ward, who made the announcement yesterday on Twitter.

James Batchelor
by James Batchelor
on Mar 9th 2010 at 1:29PM in News
Blizzard thinking of console WoW “all the time”

Blizzard thinking of console WoW “all the time”

Acclaimed MMO developer Blizzard has stated that a console version of its popular PC title World of Warcraft is getting serious thought-time at the studio, though the challenges of converting ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 9th 2010 at 12:06PM in News
Kotick thought MMOs were ‘silly’

Kotick thought MMOs were ‘silly’

“Mind-boggling” – that’s the word Activision boss Bobby Kotick used to describe how he felt about the $7m acquisition of Blizzards by Davidson & Associates in 1994.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Feb 23rd 2010 at 8:00AM in News

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"Sometimes I sounded like a dick"

"Sometimes I sounded like a dick"

In a high-profile confessional at the DICE summit earlier this week, Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick took the chance to clarify his infamous boast that he wanted to “take the ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Feb 19th 2010 at 5:04PM in News
Activision digital revenue hits $1.3bn

Activision digital revenue hits $1.3bn

Activision has called itself the leader in online and digital games – raking in around $1.3bn in digital revenue last year.

Christopher Dring
by Christopher Dring
on Feb 11th 2010 at 9:52AM in News
Guitar Hero sales up year-on-year

Guitar Hero sales up year-on-year

Viacom’s luke-warm analysis of its Rock band franchise earlier this week added fuel to the fire of those questioning the long-term viability of the music game franchise – making the ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Nov 6th 2009 at 10:14AM in News
Loss turns to profit at Activision

Loss turns to profit at Activision

In news that has exceeded expectations, publisher Activision Blizzard has revealed that it made a profit of $15m in the last financial quarter – a huge improvement on the $108m ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Nov 6th 2009 at 9:51AM in News

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DLC delivers $45m boost for World at War

DLC delivers $45m boost for World at War

After what must have been a prolonged period of number crunching, Gamasutra has concluded that 15 per cent of the total revenue generated by Call of Duty: World at War ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Oct 22nd 2009 at 1:00PM in News
Blizzard COO buys Pittsburgh Steelers

Blizzard COO buys Pittsburgh Steelers

Blizzard COO Paul Sams has become one of ten new joint owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

James Batchelor
by James Batchelor
on Sep 28th 2009 at 11:18AM in News
Blur delayed until 2010

Blur delayed until 2010

As many had expected, publisher Activision Blizzard has officially delayed its upcoming racer Blur, with the racer now scheduled for release some time in 2010.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Sep 21st 2009 at 2:34PM in News
Kotick turns $50 into $500

Kotick turns $50 into $500

With increasing development costs putting upwards pressure on new releases to maximise their sales potential, Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick has explained that modern releases can now make ten time ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Sep 16th 2009 at 11:21AM in News

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Guitar Hero pre-orders heat up

Guitar Hero pre-orders heat up

Activision Blizzard has underlined the importance of retail in the success of Guitar Hero 5.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Sep 1st 2009 at 2:49PM in News
Blur arrives on November 6th

Blur arrives on November 6th

Activision Blizzard’s Blur, the publisher’s first high-profile entry into the crowded racing genre, will be released in Europe on November 6th, it has been confirmed.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 20th 2009 at 3:45PM in News
Kotick could “raise prices even further”

Kotick could “raise prices even further”

With retail and consumers alike still getting to grips with the prospect of shelling out £54.99 for November’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has admitted ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 6th 2009 at 12:27PM in News
StarCraft II delayed to 2010

StarCraft II delayed to 2010

Activision has confirmed in its quarterly financials today that Blizzard's PC title StarCraft II will launch next year.

Michael French
by Michael French
on Aug 5th 2009 at 11:30PM in News
Modern Warfare aims for Wii

Modern Warfare aims for Wii

Activision Blizzard has followed up the recent news of a DS version of military shooter Modern Warfare with news of a port of the 2007 original destined for Nintendo’s Wii.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 5th 2009 at 3:50PM in News
CHINA: Gaming outranks shopping online

CHINA: Gaming outranks shopping online

New research shows more Internet users in China use the web for online gaming than shopping.

James Batchelor
by James Batchelor
on Jul 29th 2009 at 12:29PM in News
Sam Raimi directing WoW movie

Sam Raimi directing WoW movie

The long-rumoured World of Warcraft movie is real – and furthermore, developer Blizzard and co-producers Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros have hired the services of Evil Dead and Spider-Man director ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jul 22nd 2009 at 10:39AM in News
Modern Warfare 2 gets its COD back

Modern Warfare 2 gets its COD back

Having previously stripped the ‘Call of Duty’ name from Infinity Ward’s upcoming Modern Warfare 2, publisher Activision Blizzard has had a change of heart and decided to bring the much-loved ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jul 10th 2009 at 10:47AM in News
Free World of Warcraft Peggle unveiled

Free World of Warcraft Peggle unveiled

PopCap has made a special version of one of its most popular titles available for free, taking influence from Blizzard's phenomenally popular MMO.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jul 8th 2009 at 4:28PM in News