Black Ops 2: “Activision doesn’t blacklist journalists”

Monday, 20th February 2012 15:19 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Activision has said French journalists will not be blacklisted over the apparent leaking of Black Ops 2 last week, saying a “misunderstanding” led to several sites believing otherwise.

“Activision doesn’t blacklist journalists,” said the publisher in a statement given to VG247. “We believe this was a misunderstanding and are working towards a resolution.” first reported that Amazon’s French arm had a product listing for Black Ops 2 last Friday. It has since been removed.

Activision asked Gameblog to remove the story, but the site refused. Gameblog was then told by the publisher that it had been blacklisted.

You can read an interview with the firm’s co-founder regarding the chain-of-events over on Kotaku.

French site Xboxygen was also cut-off by Activision France over the matter. The site’s full statement can be read here.

Jeuxvideo also reported the listing, but has removed the story.

Activision will release its next Call of Duty game later this year.



  1. unacomn

    Oh thank god, cause I’ve said a lot of nasty things about them for comedic effect. Like how they have satellite death rays which vaporizes people who give low to average scores to CoD games.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Razor

    Misunderstanding. Uh-huh.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. diego-rbb-93

    Activision representants still think journalists and gamers are zombies waiting for his food, so they can control them… No, really.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. tenthousandgothsonacid

    This type of childish bullshit is alarmingly widespread. You know Rockstar don’t send Eurogamer review copies any more after they ‘only’ gave RDR 8/10.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. DSB

    @4 Kinda refers to a different problem, doesn’t it?

    These are magazines and webzines that are supposed to be credible. If they’re too dependent on publishers to do that, then they have a credibility problem regardless of what they write, or how they score.

    I don’t think it’s weird that PRs prefer to send copies to the worst (or at least easiest) reviewers.

    Of course you could argue that they should just hand them out to everyone, but if you were that PR, would you really be sending games out to people you knew were going to slam them?

    I think that problem is a press problem, less a publisher problem.

    Slightly less so with access, which is really a lot worse. If a publisher blocks you from reaching developers, then the only way you could protest would be to have a united press deny them coverage.

    We just don’t have that when it comes to games.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    …So is Blops 2 real then? And if it is, will this be the console one or the Vita one?

    EDIT: Oh wait, Amazon had it listed for PS3, never mind then. But still, the Vita one is meant to be a unique one, isnt it?

    #6 3 years ago
  7. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Y’know it wouldn’t surprise me if the Vita CoD revolves around the story if Ghost…

    #7 3 years ago
  8. viralshag

    “Activision doesn’t blacklist journalists,” said the publisher in a statement given to VG247. “We just kill them.”

    #8 3 years ago
  9. NightCrawler1970

    Activision = a crooked & greedy company, don’t deal with them…

    #9 3 years ago

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