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  • Blog Post: Report: Former Activision Parent Company Considered Firing CEO Kotick

    Last year, Activision bought its independence from ailing parent company Vivendi to the tune of $8 billion. The move was orchestrated by CEO Bobby Kotick, who lead an investor group responsible for $2.34 billion of the funding. Bloomberg is reporting that Vivendi considered firing Kotick during the buyout... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Allowed To Purchase Stake In Company From Vivendi

    The Delaware Supreme Court has lifted a preliminary injunction to pave the way for Activision to buyout 429 million shares (plus tax attributes) in the company from current owners Vivendi for $492 million by October 15. Previously , a lower court blocked the sale due to a lawsuit filed by shareholder... More
  • Blog Post: Second Activision Shareholder Files Suit To Stop Vivendi Split

    In Late July, Activision orchestrated a massive stock buyout to split itself from former parent Vivendi. The move was necessitated by a looming threat of a "special dividend" that would bleed the Call of Duty publisher of billions in cash reserves. In August, a shareholder objected, filing... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Blizzard Earnings Beat Outlook In Second Quarter Earnings Report

    Activision has published its second quarter earnings results, showing another strong quarter that has finished ahead of projections. As cautioned by CEO Bobby Kotick last quarter , performance was lower year-over-year, but with Skylanders and Call of Duty to come, there isn't any need for alarm.... More
  • Blog Post: Update: Activision Buys Independence From Vivendi For $8 Billion

    Update: On a special call with investors, Activision disclosed more details about its acquisition of Vivendi's United States holding company. Vivendi, which up until yesterday held 60 percent of Activision Blizzard shares, will now control approximately 12 percent (83 million of 690 outstanding shares... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Vivendi To Make Move This Week To Withdraw $2 Billion From Activision

    Earlier this month, we reported that Activision Blizzard parent Vivendi was set to make a move that would pay down its debt from the Call of Duty publisher's coffers. The action would help pay down a small part of significant debt. As we mentioned in May, Activision has typically used a risk-averse... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Advises Caution For Second Half Of 2013, Reaffirms Risk Averse Approach

    Today's first quarter Activision earning's call was a straightforward detailing of current successes, planned moves, and smart caution. Throughout the 45 minute presentation, CEO Bobby Kotick and CFO Dennis Durkin returned multiple times to two key themes. Kotick and Durkin tempered their first... More
  • Blog Post: Bobby Kotick Does Play Video Games

    The New York Times recently published a large article about Activision CEO Bobby Kotick where he defends his appreciation for video games, and politely requests that people stop posting unflattering Photoshops of him online. In the interview, Kotick says he has never been able to live down an article... More
  • Blog Post: Silicon Knights' Denis Dyack Says Used Games Hurt Developers

    In a new interview, Denis Dyack, the outspoken head of Eternal Darkness and X-Men: Destiny developer Silicon Knights, claims that used games "cannibalize" new games sales, threatening the health of the industry. Speaking with Gamesindustry.biz , Dyack spoke about his concerns regarding used... More
  • Blog Post: Bobby Kotick Joins Coca-Cola's Board Of Directors

    The Coca-Cola Company today elected Bobby Kotick as a Director of the company. Kotick will still assume his role as Activsion CEO. "Bobby brings an entrepreneurial mindset and a high level of financial literacy and digital knowledge to our Company," said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of The... More
  • Blog Post: New Call Of Duty Title Coming This Year

    File this one under news that should surprise no one: Activision has announced plans to release a new Call of Duty title in 2012. The non-news comes from today's Activision-Blizzard conference call, during which Bobby Kotick announced the company will be releasing a new Call of Duty title before... More
  • Blog Post: Activision's Kotick Questions Star Wars: The Old Republic's Potential Profitability

    The first battle in Activision and EA's Call of Duty vs. Battlefield war might be over for now, but that doesn't mean the two companies don't have other chances to spar. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has fired a shot against EA/BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic, questioning... More
  • Blog Post: New Call Of Duty Set For 2012

    Activision confirmed it will release a new Call of Duty title next year. This should come as no surprise to fans of the series, which has seen an annual release since 2005. "As we focus on 2012, we have a strong product pipeline which features a minimum of two highly-anticipated new titles from... More
  • Blog Post: Kotick: "You'll Never See Me Acting Again"

    It was surprising to hear that Activision CEO Bobby Kotick was in the film Moneyball (with Brad Pitt) as the owner of the Oakland As, and now Kotick has divulged how exactly he got the part. It turns out that Kotick and the movie's director, Bennett Miller, are friends, and Kotick was trying to get... More
  • Blog Post: Kotick On Success, Failure, And The Challenge Of Innovation

    Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has a reputation in the industry for speaking his mind. In a new interview, Kotick talks about how he fosters innovation within the company, outlines the rise and fall of Guitar Hero, and speaks candidly about the stings of failure. Activision pulled the plug on Guitar Hero... More
  • Blog Post: Bobby Kotick Appears In New Brad Pitt Movie For Some Reason

    We've written plenty of stories about Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, but this is certainly the first one that involves Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. Moneyball is an upcoming baseball film based on a true story, and Entertainment Tonight had the first look. If you check out the clip below, you'll see... More
  • Blog Post: EA & Activision's War Of Words Continues

    Electronic Arts and Activision have been trading words before the November showdown of Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Now EA's CEO John Riccitiello has poured more gas on the fire. This latest round started when Kotick was apparently asked by Reuters what he thought of EA's... More
  • Blog Post: Activision's Kotick Expects Console Price Drops

    Yesterday Activision announced quarterly financial results (think money signs, and lots of them), and amidst the good news, CEO Bobby Kotick had something to say about the current home consoles and their prices. In an interview with The Financial Times , Kotick expressed great confidence in future price... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Reports Record Earnings

    Although Activision head Bobby Kotick is among the most controversial figures in the industry, there is no doubt that the man knows how to run a company that makes money -- a lot of it. In a just-released financial report, Activision Blizzard revealed that it netted $503 million on a record total of... More
  • Blog Post: Kotick: Guitar Hero Could Be Resurrected

    If you spent your weekend mourning the death of Guitar Hero like a pre-teen coming out of their first relationship, then I've got something you might want to know. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick recently said that there is a chance in the future that the Guitar Hero brand could be "rejuvenated... More
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