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Activision profits triple as digital surpasses boxed

Call of Duty and World of Warcraft publisher Activision has reported a near tripling of profits for the quarter ending September 30th. Total profit came in at $148m – that’s up on the $51m reported in the same period in 2010. Sales also far exceeded expectations, coming in at $627m. …

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E3 2011: Kotick shunned by EA on show floor

The most respected journalist at Future’s consumer site CVG has reported of a quite remarkable shun on the competitive floors of this year’s E3. The site has been told by a "senior informant" that the personal assistant of Activision CEO Bobby Kotick was seen at the EA stand requesting that …

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E3 2011: Kotick sceptical of Battlefield 3 for consoles

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has cast doubts over recent video demonstrations of rival project Battlefield 3. The publishing exec was cautious not to join in on the widespread acclaim for the Modern Warfare 3 rival – particularly due to its graphical sophistication – and believes questions still hang over how …

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Kotick: Hardware price cuts are coming

Echoing analysts predictions yesterday that Sony and Microsoft are preparing hardware price cuts, Activision boss Bobby Kotick has claimed that such a move is pending. We’ve more confidence in consumer spending," he told the Financial Times. "We feel like some of that has stabilised and there are price cuts on …

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Morhaime sticks up for Kotick

Blizzard founder Mike Morhaime has defended Activision boss Bobby Kotick, saying that his status as the game development industry’s bogeyman is undeserved. The two companies merged in 2008 and Morhaime told MCV that his colleague is completely simpatico with Blizzard’s creative values and is often judged harshly by people who …

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Kotick ‘lost in a time machine’

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick "seems lost in a time machine perspective of a past business model that will never return". That’s according to IndustryGamers publisher Mark Friedler, who in a scathing editorial says that the publisher’s unwillingness to brach into the casual and social gaming sector is a serious …

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Digital focus for new-look Activision

As it attempts to adapt to the ever-changing games market, publisher Activision has pledged to realign its focus on its digital business. The strategic move has come at the cost of key brands such as Guitar Hero, and has also resulted in the loss of some 500 jobs. "Digital distribution …

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Kotick criticises EAs Project $10

The cash-strapped core gamer has found an unexpected ally in the rally against Project $10 – Activision’s Bobby Kotick. Publishers such as EA, THQ, Microsoft and many more are increasingly choosing to includes DLC codes with their new releases. These can be redeemed against additional in-game content or are sometimes …

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Kotick named 16th most influential man

Online men’s lifestyle site AskMen has named Activision boss Bobby Kotick as the 16th most influential man of 2010. There are few people in the gaming industry who divide critics more than Activision Blizzard head honcho Bobby Kotick,” it reads. On one hand, shareholders love his ability to generate revenue …

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Kotick: Kinect must get cheaper

Bobby Kotick likes Kinect, but he does have one concern with it. For a boss famed for his sharp business sense and sharp attention to profits, can you imagine what that is? With Kinect – I love the idea, but Microsoft has got to get the price down,” he told …

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