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Knowledge Identifier: &Activision



American video game publisher, majority owned by French conglomerate Vivendi SA add

Category: Business (26)

Founded in 1971.

Countries: United States (58%), (26%), United Kingdom (5%)

Main connections: Guitar Hero, Infocom, Activision Blizzard

Linked to: Activision Blizzard, Vivendi, Beenox, Electronic Arts




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Atari programmers David Crane, Larry Kaplan, Alan Miller, and Bob Whitehead met with Atari CEO Ray Kassar in May 1979 to demand that the company treat developers as record labels treated musicians, with royalties and their names on game boxes add something


The departure of the four programmers, whose titles made up more than half of Atari's cartridge sales at the time, caused legal action between the two companies that were not settled until 1982 add something


On June 13, 1986, Activision purchased struggling text adventure pioneer Infocom add something


Bruce Davis (video game industry) - From 1987 to 1991, Davis was first chief operating officer, chairman and CEO of Activision


In 1988, Activision began involvement in other types of software besides video games, such as business applications add something


Activision published the first-person perspective "MechWarrior" in 1989, based on FASA's pen-and-pencil game "BattleTech" add something


Eventually in 1989, after several years of losses, Activision closed down the Infocom studios in Cambridge, Massachusetts, extending to only 11 of the 26 employees an offer to relocate to Activision's headquarters in Silicon Valley add something


In 1991, Activision packaged 20 of Infocom's past games into a CD-ROM collection called "The Lost Treasures of Infocom", without the feelies Infocom was famous for add something


Bruce Davis (video game industry) - Kotick and his team filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in cooperation with Magnavox parent company Philips in a leveraged recapitalization of Activision, as it was renamed in 1992


After emerging from bankruptcy, Mediagenic officially changed its entity name back to Activision on December 1992 and became a Delaware Corporation add something


Activision procured the license to another pen-and-paper-based war-game, "Heavy Gear", in 1997 add something


The "Mechwarrior 2" engine was used in other Activision games, including 1997's "Interstate '76" and finally 1998's "Battlezone" add something


Raven Software - In 1997, Raven made an exclusive publishing deal with Activision and was subsequently acquired by them


CUC International - Cendant Software, composed of Sierra, Davidson & Associates , Knowledge Adventure and Gryphon Software, was sold in 1998 to French publisher Havas, which merged with Vivendi, which merged with Activision


Pandemic Studios - The company's president was Josh Resnick and its CEO was Andrew Goldman both formerly worked at & Activision, and Pandemic was founded with an equity investment by Activision in 1998


Neversoft - In January 1998, just as Neversoft was about to run out of money, they had a fortunate meeting with Activision who were looking for someone to re-develop "Apocalypse", a failed internal project featuring the voice of Bruce Willis


Neversoft - In May 1998, Apocalypse was going very well, and Activision signed up Neversoft to develop a prototype for a skateboarding game


Civilization (series) - In July 1998, Avalon Hill and Activision decided to settle the case against MicroProse out of court


Neversoft - The company was acquired by Activision in October 1999


NStigate Games - Released in 2000, "Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption" was published by Activision for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh computers


Neversoft - "Spider-Man", was developed for Activision in 1999


Shaun Palmer - Palmer teamed up with Activision, publishers of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, to create Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder for the PlayStation in 2001


Activision Publishing Minneapolis - The company Activision Value Publishing, Inc. was established in 2001, and became best known for developing and publishing dozens of programs


Kelly Slater - A video game named Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer, by Treyarch and published by Activision, was released in 2002


AND1 - In 2002, Activision announced the first AND1 video game called Street Hoops, featuring AND1 players


Shaba Games - It was acquired by Activision in 2002


Gray Matter Interactive - "'Gray Matter Interactive Studios, Inc."' was a computer game developer, which was acquired by Activision in January 2002


Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - In October 2002, Nickelodeon Movies hired Activision to create the film's tie-in video game


Fish in a Bottle - The agency was incorporated in 2003 and has worked for clients in television broadcasting, television production, video games publishing, retail and the public sector including the BBC, Channel 4, &ITV (ITV_(TV_network)), Disney, Leapfrog, Ogilvy & Mather, Turner Broadcasting, Nickelodeon, Barclays, Activision, &Ubisoft and Hat Trick Productions


Call of Duty - In 2004, Activision, in cooperation with the companies Plan-B Toys and Radioactive Clown, released the "Call of Duty: Series 1" line of action figures, which included three American soldiers and three German soldiers from the World War II era


Call of Duty - In late 2004, the N-Gage version was developed by Nokia and published by Activision


Spider-Man 2 (video game) - These games were published by Activision for different systems in 2004


EA Mobile - They were joined in November of that year by Mitch Lasky, who had worked at Activision, who became the CEO of JAMDAT. JAMDAT went public in late 2004


Scissor Sisters - In 2005, "Filthy/Gorgeous" was licensed by Activision and appears in Neversoft's "Tony Hawk's American Wasteland" while "Take Your Mama" and "Fire with Fire" appear on EA Sports' "FIFA 2005" and "FIFA 11" respectively


Also in 2006, Activision acquired publisher RedOctane, Inc. add something


Gun (video game) - According to Joystiq, Activision apparently hinted during a 2006 financial conference that a sequel may be in production


Neversoft - In 2006, Activision acquired the "Guitar Hero" series as well as Red Octane and chose Neversoft as their developer


Harmonix - In the early part of 2006, Activision acquired RedOctane, and several publishers became interested in acquiring Harmonix


RedOctane - RedOctane became a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision in 2006


Gun (video game) - In February 2006, publisher Activision hinted that a sequel may be on the way


James Bond in video games - Shortly after Electronic Arts abandoned the license, in May 2006, Activision acquired non-exclusive rights to develop and publish James Bond games, which were to become exclusive in 2007


RedOctane - In May 2006, video game publisher Activision announced plans to acquire RedOctane, completing the deal on June 6, 2006


Jamie Kennedy - His stint as Activision's emcee at E3 2007, however, drew much criticism not only for failing to understand anything about the industry, but for performing drunk as he insulted the audience


Guitar Hero - The series became extremely successful, leading to the acquisition of RedOctane by Activision in 2007


An exclusive agreement between the two begins in September 2007 with Activision's first game set for release in May 2008 being developed by Treyarch, Beenox and Vicarious Visions add something


Project Gotham Racing series - In September 2007, after being bought by Activision, &Bizarre_Creations announced that "PGR4" will be the last game produced for Microsoft


In December 2007, it was announced that Activision would merge with Vivendi Games, which owns fellow games developer and publisher Blizzard, and the merger would close in July 2008 add something


Activision Blizzard - In December 2007, Activision announced that the company and its assets would merge with fellow games developer and publisher, Vivendi Games


Call of Duty - In 2008, McFarlane Toys announced their partnership with Activision to produce action figures for the Call of Duty computer/video game series


Sierra Entertainment - In 2008, Sierra parent company & Vivendi Universal Games, which had since been renamed Vivendi Games in 2006, merged with video game publisher Activision to form the Activision_Blizzard holding company


Sierra Entertainment - Some franchises that were published by Sierra will be published by Activision, which announced in 2008 that it may sell the Sierra brand


Gabriel Knight - The rights to Gabriel Knight are currently held by Activision, which acquired them after merging with former rights holder Vivendi Universal in 2008


Guitar Hero - Gibson Guitar Corporation, whose guitar likenesses have appeared in the "Guitar Hero" series from the first game to "Guitar Hero Aerosmith", informed Activision on January 7, 2008, that it believed the games infringe its


On January 18, 2008, Activision announced they were the top US publisher in 2007, according to the NPD Group add something


Guitar Hero - On February 15, 2008, Activision announced that "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith" would be released on June 29, 2008


Blizzard Entertainment - In July 2008 Vivendi Games merged with Activision, using Blizzard's name in the resulting company, Activision_Blizzard


Activision Blizzard - On July 8, 2008, Activision announced that stockholders had agreed to merge


The merger between Activision and Vivendi Games took place on July 9, 2008, with the newly formed company known as Activision Blizzard add something


Blizzard Entertainment - On July 9, 2008, Activision officially merged with Vivendi Games, culminating in the inclusion of the Blizzard brand name in the title of the resulting holding company


Id Software - On July 14, 2008, Id Software announced at the 2008 E3 event that they would be publishing "Rage" through Electronic Arts, and not Id's longtime publisher Activision


Guitar Hero - Later, in November 2008, Activision acquired Budcat Creations, another development studio that had helped with the PlayStation 2 versions of "Guitar Hero III" and "World Tour", announcing that they would be helping to develop another game in the "Guitar Hero" series


Budcat Creations - Budcat worked in partnership with Majesco Entertainment, Electronic Arts, and Activision on multiple titles before being purchased by Activision_Blizzard on November 10, 2008, where they mostly worked on the "Guitar Hero" brand


Infinity Ward - Co-founder Collier has since left the company in early 2009 to join the parent company Activision


Prototype 2 - Developed by Canadian studio Radical Entertainment and published by Activision, it is the sequel to 2009's "Prototype"


Guitar Hero - However, in late 2009, both Courtney Love and the members of No Doubt sought legal action against Activision for the misuse of their in-game characters singing or performing songs by other artists, which the musicians believe fell outside of their contract


Guitar Hero - In 2009, Activision tripled its "Guitar Hero" offerings, and in addition to further continuation of the existing main series with "Guitar Hero 5" and expansions, they introduced the titles "Band Hero", geared towards more family-friendly pop music, and "DJ Hero", a game based on turntablism and featuring a number of mixes


Optimus Prime - In the 2009 "Revenge of the Fallen" video game by Activision, Optimus Prime is among the playable characters


Ironhide - Ironhide is among the playable characters in the 2009 "Revenge of the Fallen" video game by Activision


Long Haul - Long Haul is among the playable characters in the 2009 "Revenge of the Fallen" video game by Activision


Gun (video game) - More rumors spread when Activision took its internal studio Neversoft off the "Tony Hawk" franchise in early 2009, putting out job requests and hiring new staff


Guitar Hero - Regardless, after releasing 25 different SKUs in 2009, Activision opted to reduce that number to 10 in 2010, recognizing the music game genre was not as profitable as it once was


Guitar Hero - In February 2009, the United States District Court for the Central District of California ruled against Gibson in their case against Activision, stating that the controllers are not musical instruments but "toys that represent other items", and that Gibson's patent only covers instruments that send out analog signals


Guitar Hero - "DJ Hero" was announced by Activision in May 2009


Guitar Hero - Later, as of October 2009, Activision reapplied for a "Drum Hero" trademark


Sledgehammer Games was founded on November 17, 2009 by Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey, who left Electronic Arts subsidiary, Visceral Games add something


The Sledgehammer Games micro site went live on December 8, 2009 with information on the studio development team, location, and current job openings add something


Activision Publishing Minneapolis - & Activision Value was merged into Activision in 2010, changing its name to Activision Publishing Minneapolis, Inc. Activision Minneapolis now publishes all Activision titles, except for the "Call of Duty series" and the "Spyro series"


Guitar Hero - Ahead of & Activision's 2010 fourth quarter financial report in February 2011, Activision disbanded its "Guitar Hero" business unit and announced that it would cease development of the planned 2011 "Guitar Hero" game


High Impact Games - In 2010, High Impact Games was developing a remake of Crash Team Racing for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii, but the game was canceled by Activision before the prototype initial


Crash Bandicoot - In 2010, rumors appeared that High Impact Games was developing a remake of Crash Team Racing for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii, but the game was canceled by Activision before the prototype initial


Guitar Hero - Though Activision had originally planned on tripling the offerings of the "Guitar Hero" series in 2010, the company readjusted their plans, reducing the number of offerings and focusing more on selling digital downloadable content for the series


RedOctane - In February 2010, Activision closed the RedOctane division


Guitar Hero - In February 2010, Activision was sued by the Patent Compliance Group for releasing "Guitar Hero" products with false patent claims, with the PCG asserting that games like "Guitar Hero 5" and "Band Hero" were marked with up to 10 patents that are not used within the games along with several other improper patent pending claims


Luxoflux - On February 11, 2010, Activision announced it was closing the studio as part of a widespread staff reduction that included the shuttering of Underground Development


RedOctane - On February 11, 2010, Activision announced the closure of their RedOctane division


Respawn Entertainment - On March 1, 2010, Activision amended its report with the Securities and Exchange Commission to add notification that two senior employees of Infinity Ward were being fired due to "breaches of contract and insubordination"


Infinity Ward - On March 1, 2010, Activision amended its report with the Securities and Exchange Commission to add notification that two senior employees of Infinity Ward were being fired due to "breaches of contract and insubordination"


Infinity Ward - This was revealed to be the reason behind the firings when West and Zampella filed a lawsuit against & Activision on March 4, 2010 over "substantial royalty payments" that Activision failed to pay them in the weeks leading up to their firing


Infinity Ward - On April 9, 2010 a countersuit was filed by Activision stating their actions in firing Zampella and West were justified, calling the two "self-serving schemers"


Infinity Ward - On April 27, 2010, 38 current and former employees of Infinity Ward brought a lawsuit against Activision


Bungie - On April 29, 2010, Bungie announced that it was entering into a 10-year publishing agreement with publisher Activision Blizzard


As of June 15, 2010, Activision and & Microsoft, specifically the Interactive Entertainment division, have an exclusive multiyear agreement; Don Mattrick announced this on June 14, 2010 during Microsoft's 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo conference add something


Guitar Hero - In November 2010, Activision closed Budcat Creations, the arm of the publisher that was primarily responsible for porting the "Guitar Hero" games to the PlayStation 2


Budcat Creations - Budcat Creations was shuttered by Activision Blizzard on November 16, 2010


Guitar Hero - & Activision later opted to put future development of the series on hold in early 2011 citing weak sales in the rhythm game genre, a move that many journalists attributed to Activision's earlier oversaturation


James Bond in video games - In 2011 Activision ported the new "GoldenEye 007" to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles


Harmonix - Shortly after this, Activision announced it was shuttering its "Guitar Hero" division and cancelling planned games for 2011, which many journalists considered to mark the end of the rhythm game genre; Harmonix's Director of Communications, John Drake, in response to this closure, called the news "discouraging", but affirmed that Harmonix will continue to invest itself in further "Rock Band" and "Dance Central" developments for the foreseeable future


Guitar Hero - The closure affected the "DJ Hero" series, as Activision stated that there were no plans to publish a music game during 2011


James Bond in video games - This new game was thought to be set for release in 2011, but Activision never commented on any connection or status of that apparent title


Call of Duty - "Call of Duty Online" , was announced by Activision when the company first stated their interest in an Massively multiplayer online game in early 2011


Infinity Ward - In January 2011, the court will rule on Activision's petition to join EA as a defendant


On February 9, 2011, Activision announced that it was ending its once profitable "Guitar Hero" franchise, in the process doing a layoff of approximately 500 people add something


Activision Publishing Minneapolis - On February 9, 2011, Activision announced that it was ending its once profitable "Guitar Hero" franchise, in the process doing a layoff of approximately 500 people


Prototype (video game) - On July 20, 2011, a statement was released on Activision's website, stating that a sequel will be released on April 24, 2012


True Crime (series) - In August 2011, Square Enix announced that they had purchased the title from Activision and would complete development of it, although because they had not purchased the rights to the "True Crime" name, the game would be released under the new title "Sleeping Dogs" and will not be a part of the "True Crime" series


Angry Birds Rio - At the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, Rovio and distribution partner Activision announced plans to bring "Angry Birds Rio" and two other games, the original "Angry Birds" and "Angry Birds Seasons", to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo 3DS systems


Angry Birds Seasons - At the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, Rovio and distribution partner Activision announced plans to bring "Angry Birds Seasons", along with the original "Angry Birds" and "Angry Birds Rio", to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS systems


Angry Birds (video game) - At the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, Rovio and distribution partner Activision announced plans to bring "Angry Birds" and two of its spin-off games, "Angry Birds Seasons" and "Angry Birds Rio" to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS systems


The game was roundly ignored by critics, with no review scores available on Metacritic as of February 2012 add something


Call of Duty - The game was confirmed by Activision during its fourth-quarter earnings call on February 9, 2012


James Bond in video games - On 19 April 2012, Activision announced plans for a new game titled "007 Legends" to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the James Bond film franchise


James Bond in video games - On 21 May 2012, Activision released the first trailer for "007: Legends"


Prototype 2 - On June 28, 2012, & Activision announced that despite the "substantial investment", the game "did not find a broad commercial audience", and as a result, developer Radical would encounter layoffs and the studio would be reduced to a supporting role towards other Activision projects


James Bond in video games - On 9 November 2012, Activision added the last mission to the game, released as a downloadable content, which was definitely based on "Skyfall"


Angry Birds Star Wars - On July 18, 2013, Rovio announced that "Angry Birds Star Wars" will be heading for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii_U and the Nintendo 3DS on October 29, 2013 in conjunction with Activision


Activision Blizzard - The merger makes Activision parent company of Vivendi Games' former divisions until July 24, 2013


Vivendi - As of July 25, 2013, Vivendi has reached an agreement to sell off 429 million shares of Activision Blizzard


Crash Bandicoot - In November 2013, rumors are circulating that Sony bought the rights to the franchise from Activision


Police Quest - In August 2014, Activision reactivated the Sierra Entertainment label, opening up a future for the franchise as Sierra holds the IP for any future installments of the series


Sierra Entertainment - On August 7, 2014, the website for Sierra, which previously redirected to Activision's website, was updated, showcasing a new logo, teasing that "More to be revealed at Gamescom 2014


In October 2017, Activision was granted a patent on the manipulation of matchmaking in online multiplayer videogames in order to encourage players to purchase microtransactions add something


Hirshberg left the CEO position in March 2018, and the position remains open as of February 2019 add something