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Acti Blizz Q1 Financials 2009

Kotick: No new consoles “any time soon”

Bobby Kotick added his voice to the chorus of mega-bosses saying there isn’t going to be a new hardware generation for years to come yesterday, speaking in Activision Blizzard’s Q1 earnings call. “As far as the consoles themselves… I think that there’s a lot of runway for all of these devices,” he said. “I think […]

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Acti Blizz Q1 Financials 2009 headlines

  • Guitar Hero hits $2 billion in sales

    Bobby Kotick said in the Activision Blizzard Q1 earnings call last night that Guitar Hero sales have no passed $2 billion. The franchise is only the third to do so, the other two being Madden and Mario. The company also said that 34 million tracks have now been downloaded for Guitar Hero products. Get all […]

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  • Acti Blizz Q1 earnings call - everything in one place

    You guys are hilarious. There’s you with you “relaxing” and your “sleep”. You’re only alive once, you know. How can you expect to know everything that happens in the world of Activision Blizzard videogames news on the internet if you don’t constantly look at a computer screen while you’re awake? You could just look at […]

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  • Acti Blizz Q1 earnings call - the full transcript

    Activision Blizzard had plenty to talk about in its first quarter earnings call last night. You may well have been asleep. Luckily, some tireless soul from Seeking Alpha type up the entire thing, as you can see here. First one to find the quote about Blur doing for racing games what Call of Duty did […]

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  • Acti Blizz - We own 55% of all music games in US and Europe

    Activision boss Mike Griffith said in the Acti Blizz Q1 earnings call last night that Guitar Hero is now responsible for more than half of all rhythm action sales in the US and Europe. “This quarter, we further extended our advantage for the Guitar Hero franchise,” he said. “We ended the quarter with a 55% […]

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  • New Hawk to give "thrill of skateboarding like never before", E3 reveal planned

    Activision CEO Mike Griffith said in Acti Blizz’s Q1 earnings call yesterday that the new Tony Hawk game is to add a completely new dimension to the series. That’ll be a plastic skateboard, then. “We are also planning to release our reinvention of Tony Hawk [later this year], with a very innovative and interactive game […]

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  • WoW may be taken offline for Chinese transition, says Morhaime

    Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime has warned that the Chinese version of World of Warcraft may be taken offline while the company swaps operators in the country. “Some downtime may be necessary for a limited time,” said the exec, speaking in Activision Blizzard’s Q1 earnings call. Morhaime said a website‘s been set up to keep players […]

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  • StarCraft II "external beta testing" this "summer"

    Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime just confirmed that StarCraft II’s “external beta testing” will take place this “summer”. There was no specific date for the test, and Morhaime said updates would be forthcoming. Opt-ins were recently opened for the beta. There’s still no confirmed date for the game itself. Morhaime was speaking in Activision Blizzard’s first […]

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  • Acti Blizz adds "Call of Duty" to Modern Warfare 2, original ships 13 million

    Uh oh. Activision Blizzard just called Inifity Ward’s upcoming super-sequel “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2″ in its Q1 earnings call. Thought the Call of Duty had been dropped? The company said that the game’s teaser trailer had been viewed 1.3 million in its first 24 hours of release. The original game has now shipped […]

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  • DJ Hero can have added guitar for play

    You’ll be able to plug a guitar into DJ Hero and play along with the game’s turntable, Activision Blizzard just confirmed in its Q1 earnings call. The company said that 50 percent of likely buyers for the game are not currently Guitar Hero owners. The game itself is being put together in the UK, and […]

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  • Acti Blizz - Console sales will rise 53 million units this year

    Activision Blizzard has just said that it expects console sales in the US and Europe to rise 53 million units this year, a prediction unchanged from its last figures release. At the end of 2008, the firm said, 170 million consoles were installed in the two major Western markets, up 63 percent year-on-year. Software will […]

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  • Activision Blizzard posts $981 million revenue for Q1

    Acti Blizz has posted better than expect results for the quarter ending March, showing $981 million revenue for the period. Prior outlook was $860 million. EPS was $0.14, up from outlook of $0.08. Operating income was $179 million for the quarter. “Our better-than-expected first quarter results were driven by strong global consumer response to the […]

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