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Kotick slams Warner Music

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has hit out at Warner Music – after the firm demanded games publishers should pay more royalties for tracks used in rhythm-based software. In what the Financial Times calls ‘a sign of increasing tensions between the two companies’, Kotick said Warner Music had failed to …

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Warner Music to up licensing costs?

Warner Music has told Reuters that video game publishers should pay more royalties for tracks used in Rock Band, Singstar, Guitar Hero and other rhythm-based software. Chief executive of Warner Music Edgar Bronfman reportedly compared the current popularity of Guitar Hero to the launch of MTV and the Apple iPod. …

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Video games killing the radio star

Forget the iPod, iTunes or even commercial radio, video gaming is increasingly becoming the platform of choice for the music industry. At least that’s according to Alex Rigopulos (pictured), CEO and co-founder of Rock Band creator Harmonix, who feels that consumers interacting with music is far more likely to stimulate …

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E3 08: Activision hails transformative year

President and chief executive officer of Activision Publishing Mike Griffith has revealed the full extent of Activision’s growth in the last year, stating that the company has tripled in size. The industry-shaking Activision Blizzard deal certainly had a major part to play in that growth, but that’s not all, said …

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Kotick: Guitar Hero can rival iTunes

No-one would argue that Guitar Hero’s achievements to date have been significant, but Bobby Kotick, the chief executive of Activision Blizzard, has said that the franchise can achieve even greater things by challenging Apple’s iTunes music download service. Speaking to The Financial Times, Kotick talked of plans for a Guitar …

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US: Guitar Hero DS triumphs

One of modern gaming’s biggest success stories is celebrating newfound domination on Nintendo’s DS, with publisher Activision announcing that Guitar Hero On Tour sold over 300,000 copies in its first week on sale in the US, GameDaily reports. The numbers make it Activision’s largest ever DS launch by a considerable …

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Guitar Hero action figures on the way

McFarlane Toys is expanding its range of action figures after inking a deal with video games publisher Activision to produce collectables based on the smash hit Guitar Hero. Arriving in the US from November, the most popular characters will be represented in the first wave of figures. These will include …

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The Beatles licence up for grabs

Representatives for The Beatles are in negotiations with the companies behind Rock Band and Guitar Hero with a view to licensing the Fab Four’s music. According to the Financial Times, Activision and MTV are both keen to create a Beatles-themed video game. The newspaper reports that the move ‘could pave …

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