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Posts tagged “Bobby Kotick”

Activision Blizzard Completes Deal To Buy Itself

John wrote about Activision Blizzard going independent back in July, but then there was a shareholder lawsuit, after which a US court placed an injunction to put the deal on hold. That was lifted last week, allowing the multi-billion dollar share buyback to go through and thus making ActiBlizz independent of its parent company, Vivendi. The deal involves Activision paying $5.83 billion for shares, and…

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Activision Goes Indie

It's finally happened. Activision-Blizzard has bought out the majority of its shares from Vivendi, leaving Bobby Kotick as the CEO of a basement-dwelling bedroom-coding indie studio. Will Call Of Duty: Sepia Ops claim next year's IGF Grand Prize? Can the next WarCraft's block-based image change see it taking on the might of independent mega-hit Minecraft? Will Spryro return as a pixellated retro-dragon, starring in a…

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“That’s No MMO…”: Kotick On SWTOR

Seems like the Activision bossman thinks that Electronic Arts aren't going to be printing spacebucks with their forthcoming Star Wars MMO, and said as much to his investors. As reported over here by Reuters, Kotick poured scepticism onto the up and coming MMO, saying: "Lucas is going to be the principal beneficiary of the success of Star Wars. We've been in business with Lucas for…

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Bobby Kotick’s Provocation Corner

Activision boss Big Bobby K is unsurprisingly out on the campaign trail for Modern Warfare 3, and that means any journalists who manage to get past his Nazgûl guards inevitably attempt to ask him how he thinks EA's rivalrous Battlefield 3 is going to compare. Here's what he said. It almost certainly won't make you say incredibly rude things about a man you've never met.

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Boys Will Be Boys

So Double Fine's Tim Schafer said Activision's Bobby Kotick was a prick and then Bobby Kotick said Tim Schafer was rubbish and he'd never even met him anyway and then Tim Schafer said Bobby Kotick was stupid and mean, and before that Bobby Kotick said EA were rubbish and mean and then EA's Jeff Brown said Bobby Kotick was rubbish and mean and now I…

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Kotick To Be New Best Friend Of The PC?

Piped transmissions from Alec link me to this story on GI.biz, in which ActiBlizz ultraboss Bobby Kotick, talking to the FT, says he wants to support the PC, primarily because it is an open platform. This comes as part of getting grumpy with Xbox Live taking money for people basically just playing Call Of Duty. "Mr Kotick sees an opportunity to break the consoles’ “walled…

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Kotick: 70% Of Profit “Non-Console”

Gamasutra picked up the story that Activision's Bobby Kotick has confirmed that 70% of his company's operating profit comes from "non-console based" games. And you know what that means. As if there was any doubt, we can now be sure that of the impact World Of Warcraft is having on filling Activision's coffers with precious gold. It doesn't matter how many plastic guitars Acti sells…

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