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Kotick says Destiny is a '$500 million bet' [Update: Beta coming in July]

Is Destiny the most expensive game ever made? Time will tell, but Activision CEO Bobby Kotick intimated that total development and marketing costs for Bungie's sci-fantasy shooter epic may reach half a billion dollars. "If you're making a $500 million bet you can't take that chance with someone...

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Destiny beta is incoming for summer; Activision predicts big successes

Is Destiny really going to be the next big thing in gaming? Activision CEO Bobby Kotick certainly thinks so. In the recent fourth quarter earnings call for the company, Kotick went on the record saying that it will be the best-selling new IP in video game history, which is potentially true; any new...

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World of Warcraft sheds another 100,000 subscriptions

Everyone is pretty certain that the next World of Warcraft expansion is going to be announced very soon. Tomorrow, probably. So it serves as an interesting counterpoint to note that the game has lost 100,000 subscribers over the past three months, dropping the game's total to 7.6 million...

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Activision Blizzard now free from Vivendi

Back in July, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick led a charge to buy the company back from parent company Vivendi. After a few bumps in the road, the share buyback is complete and Activision Blizzard is now (mostly) free of Vivendi. $5.83 billion of stock is owned by Activision Blizzard, while...

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Court sides with Acti-Blizz, Vivendi split moves forward

The Delaware Supreme Court has sided with Activision-Blizzard in a lawsuit that was seeking to stop the planned split from corporate parent Vivendi. The suit was filed by shareholders who believe that Acti-Blizz's bid to become an independent entity would "disproportionately benefit" CEO Bobby...

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Project Titan: A brief history of a game that doesn't exist

For the last several years, the MMO community has been abuzz with rumors regarding Blizzard Entertainment's Project Titan. Long reported to be a brand-new MMO based on an entirely original intellectual property, Titan was a top-secret project discussed only through occasional interviews, job...

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Sad pandas: More sub losses expected in WoW

If you thought World of Warcraft losing 14% of its users -- over one million -- during the first quarter of the year was bad, just wait; according to Activision-Blizzard, subscription numbers are expected to dip even further. Of course, even with the loss, WoW is still the most popular sub-based...

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The Daily Grind: Should World of Warcraft go free-to-play?

There's only one Western subscription MMO that can stand to lose 1.3 million subs in three months and shrug it off: World of Warcraft. But shrug it off doesn't appear to what Activision-Blizzard is doing. During the investor call that revealed the heavy sub losses, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick...

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'Little risk of failure': Analysts predict SWTOR will turn a healthy profit

Worried that Bobby Kotick has the right of things and that Star Wars: The Old Republic won't make bank for Electronic Arts? Market analyst Michael Pachter disagrees, saying that he not only predicts that EA will cover the costs of SWTOR's development, but come out just fine even with LucasArts...

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Kotick questions how SWTOR will benefit EA

Count Activision CEO Bobby Kotick among the doubters when it comes to the financial viability of Star Wars: The Old Republic. The controversial executive mentioned the upcoming MMO in a speech at yesterday's Reuters Media Summit talk, during which he said he's unclear what publisher Electronic...

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