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Activision has begun to slip

In a damning assessment of Activision’s quarterly financial report, analyst Michael Pachter has claimed that he fears Activision has begun to slip a bit” and that November’s Call of Duty: Black Ops will fail to match the performance of last year’s global hit Modern Warfare 2. The Q2 results were …

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Pachter details online COD fees

He has predicted it, Activision has denied it – but now outspoken US games analyst Michael Pachter has published his most detailed argument yet as to exactly why he believes Call of Duty: Black Ops will offer an additional paid-for multiplayer component. Multiplayer online game play is as strong as …

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Pachter still expects online COD fees

Outspoken US video games analyst Michael Pachter has told MCV that despite Activision’s three-pronged denial that it is intending to introduce paid-for multiplayer in its Call of Duty titles, he still believes Activision is planning some premium functionality for future titles. If they say you won’t ever HAVE to pay-to-play …

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Activision must charge for CoD online

Industry analyst Michael Pachter expects Activision to introduce a paid-for Call of Duty online subscription model by the end of this year. The news comes following comments made from Activision boss Bobby Kotick last month, who said he’d like to set up an subscription service for Call of Duty. Wedbush …

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Pachter: Industry in permanent decline

We expect investors to remain spooked by the May results, as they are beginning to reinforce the notion that the video game industry is in a state of persistent secular decline.” That’s the somewhat startling assessment of famed games analyst Michael Pachter in light of further declines in the US …

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Move pricing could confuse customers

Customers may be left baffled by both the range of accessories needed for the full PlayStation Move experience and the variation of compatibility between titles, according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter. Sony’s PlayStation Move comprises three separate components – the Move Controller, the Navigation Sub-Controller and the PlayStation Eye. …

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MS struggling with Kinect pricing

Analyst Michael Pachter believes that the reason behind the continued lack of a confirmed RRP for Microsoft’s Kinect motion camera is that the platform holder is still struggling with some aspects of its launch strategy for the device. Speaking in a note to investors, Pachter noted that he was less …

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Analysts pin EA sales at $631.9m

A Thomson Reuters poll has revealed that analysts expect EA will later today post sales of some $631.9 million. The surveyed group are also expecting a loss of 43 cents per share on those sales figures. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter, in a note to investors, was upbeat about EA’s …

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E3 is virtually useless for retail

Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter has said that this year’s E3 is ‘virtually useless’ for the retail and investor sectors it has previously served so well. Speaking to The Street.com, Pachter said: "The conference used to offer retail, media and investors an early look at games and an opportunity to speak …

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