Knowledge Identifier: &Activision
Category: Business (26)
Founded in 1971.
Countries: United States (58%), (26%), United Kingdom (5%)
Linked to: Activision Blizzard, Vivendi, Beenox, Electronic Arts
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
On June 13, 1986, Activision purchased struggling text adventure pioneer Infocom
Bruce Davis (video game industry) - From 1987 to 1991, Davis was first chief operating officer, chairman and CEO of Activision
Raven Software - In 1997, Raven made an exclusive publishing deal with Activision and was subsequently acquired by them
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 May 1998, Apocalypse was going very well, and Activision signed up Neversoft to develop a prototype for a skateboarding game
Neversoft - The company was acquired by Activision in October 1999
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
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
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.
Neversoft - In 2006, Activision acquired the "Guitar Hero" series as well as Red Octane and chose Neversoft as their developer
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
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
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 - 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 (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
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"
Vivendi - As of July 25, 2013, Vivendi has reached an agreement to sell off 429 million shares of Activision Blizzard