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  • Bobby Kotick to keynote DICE next month

    Pitchforks at the ready. Activision Blizzard boss Bobby “Bobby” Kotick is to deliver a keynote speech at February’s Vegas DICE summit, speaking on “how creative talent drives the video game industry.”

  • Kotick admits that Acti’s Spider-Man games have “sucked”

    Bobby Kotick has admitted that Activision’s Spider-Man games have “sucked” over the last five years.

  • Kotick: “I could have bought Blizzard for $7 million”

    Activision president Bobby Kotick has claimed he could have bought Blizzard much, much earlier then he finally did in 2007.

  • Kotick says Acti’s “sticking with” DJ Hero brand despite first outing

    Bobby Kotick has said Activision’s sticking with its DJ Hero franchise despite the title’s debut not being as successful at retail as the company had hoped.

  • Report: 8 million played $50 million MW2 online in one week

    The LA Times is reporting that more than 8 million people played Modern Warfare 2 online in its first week at retail, giving some indication that sales haven’t just broken records by the game, but rather crushed, eaten, and shat into dust. “With multiplayer we deliver hundreds or thousands of hours of gameplay for about […]

  • Kotick takes another $17 million from Acti shares

    Bobby “Bobby” Kotick has just dropped another 1.68 million shares, personally raking in a further $17 million. The ActiBlizz metaboss grabbed $20 million from a three-day stock-sell marathon over Modern Warfare 2′s launch last week, taking his profits in the last nine days to a cool $37 million. Holy fucking fuck. We’ll do straight sex […]

  • Kotick nets $20 million in MW2 launch week stock sale

    Acti boss Bobby Kotick sold nearly 2 million share in the firm this week, totalling profit of just over $20 million. The options were worth $1.03 in 2000; they were worth between $11.43 and $11.51 per share from November 9 to November 11. Modern Warfare 2 launched on November 10. Kotick took home $20.2 million […]

  • Kotick: Games give “hundreds and hundreds of hours” of entertainment value

    ActiBlizz CEO Bobby Kotick appeared on FOX Business this past Friday, to discuss how unemployment numbers will present a challenge to the gaming industry. While the job market makes him a bit nervous, he still feels that gaming presents a high value and bang for your buck during tough economic times. Here is snippet transcribed […]

  • Natal-controlled Guitar Hero? “Likely,” says Red Octane

    Guitar Hero may have a hardware-less future, if comments made by Red Octane president and co-founder Kai Huang to DigitalSpy are to be believed. “We’ve definitely been evaluating Microsoft’s Natal technology along with a lot of other different technologies that could enhance the Guitar Hero playing experience,” Huang said. “Natal is very interesting because there’s […]

  • Kotick explains how to sell a $50 game, and get $500 out of it

    During the Deutsche Bank Securities Technology Conference in San Francisco, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick explained how the company gets consumers to pay loads more for a Guitar Hero game, than the initial $50 price tag. “In the last cycle of videogames you spent $50 on a game, played it and took it back to the […]

  • Console-less Guitar Hero on the way, says Kotick

    Activision boss Bobby Kotick is his own man. He doesn’t need consoles to shovel his guitar-based brand of music game to the masses. No sir. “You should expect to see many of our products to be playable on the television independent of a console,” he said this week, speaking at the Deutsche Bank Securities Technology […]

  • Kotick: Next Blizzard MMO to have more “broad appeal”

    11.5 million’s not a number to sneeze at, but Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick thinks Blizzard’s next MMO can go even “broader” than that. He briefly spoke about the untitled, un-detailed, un-everything-else-traditionally-associated-with-a-game MMO during the recent Deutsche Bank Securities Technology Conference in San Francisco. “What we’ve announced at Blizzard is that we have Starcraft [II] […]

  • Acti’s Kotick – Near-future growth is a “concern”

    Herr Bobster Kotick, Activision Blizzard Übermensch, has admitted that tough times lie ahead for the games trade, and that growth “over the next couple of years” will be a problem thanks to high barriers to entry. “It’s not a trivial investment for people,” Kotick told Barrons, talking of the cost of buying a games console. […]

  • Kotick: “People are happy with exisiting franchises”

    Activision’s Bobby Kotick, has told The Economist that despite criticism that the company is too dependent on exploiting franchises, many gamers feel the opposite. “A small segment of very vocal gamers say everything has to be new and different every year,” he told the site. “Actually, people are happy with existing franchises, provided you innovate […]

  • Bobby Kotick earned $15 million last year

    Forbes has revealed the details of Bobby Kotick’s personal financial package. As you’d expect, it’s not exactly small. The Activision Blizzard super-boss earned almost $15 million in salary, options and bonuses last year. Nice work if you can get it. Full details in the image below. Thanks, GoNintendo.

  • Kotick: I would raise game prices even further

    Forgot about this last night. In the Q&A part of the Acti Blizz earnings call, Bobby Kotick said he’d like to see game prices raised even further. The response came after Mike Griffith answered an analyst question on price points. Here it is in full: Michael J. Griffith And then on the second question, Tony, […]

  • Kotick: New Battle.net will be “a service similar to Xbox Live”

    Acti Blizz boss Bobby Kotick said tonight that the upcoming Battle.net relaunch will be comparable in scope to Xbox Live. The service is now confirmed to be launching “early next year.” “To put Battle.net into context, it will be a service similar to Xbox Live, and it will leverage the technologies, infrastructure and expertise that […]

  • Stringer dismisses Kotick PS3 threat as “noise”

    Sony Corp head Howard Stringer has shrugged off threats from Acti Blizz boss Bobby Kotick that he may drop support for PS3 unless there’s a price cut. “He likes to make a lot of noise,” Stringer told Reuters, speaking at the Allen & Co conference in Sun Valley, Idaho this week. “He’s putting pressure on […]

  • SCEA responds to Kotick’s PS3 “support” comments

    SCEA has responded to ActiBlzz’s threats to stop supporting the company’s hardware if it does not cut the price on PS3. “PlayStation has tremendous momentum coming out of E3, and we are seeing positive growth with more than 350 titles slated to hit across all our platforms, including many anticipated games from our publishing partners,” […]

  • Sony on Kotick PS3 drop threat – We respect third-party opinion, but no comment

    Sony just issued a statement on Bobby Kotick’s threat earlier today to drop PS3 and PSP support. “We respect our third-parties’ opinions and their right to express those opinions but we will not be commenting on this story,” said a SCEE rep. The Activision boss said this morning that his company may drop support for […]

  • Acti Sony threat – “Of course Bobby’s bluffing,” says Pachter

    Activision boss Bobby Kotick’s bombshell threat to drop Sony formats earlier today is nothing but posturing, Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter has told VG247. “Of course Bobby’s bluffing, and good for him,” said the analyst in a phone call. “I think Bobby’s obviously interested in Sony selling as many PS3s as they possibly can, and he’s […]

  • Acti boss – “We might have to stop supporting Sony” next year [Update]

    Megaton. Acti Blizz head Bobby Kotick’s said he may stop supporting Sony with software unless it drops PS3′s price. “They have to cut the price, because if they don’t, the attach rates [the number of games each console owner buys] are likely to slow. If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting […]

  • Kotick “disappointed” to see no hardware price cuts at E3

    E3 was awesome. But not for Acti Blizz boss Bobby Kotick. He wanted some hardware price-cutting, damn it. “I was disappointed not to see any sort of aggressive price-cutting,” the exec told Bloomberg. “Of all the things that the hardware companies need to be doing right now, it’s recognizing the difficulties of the economy and […]

  • 23 million people play games online with friends, says Kotick

    Activision CEO Bobby Kotick revealed in Activision’s pre-E3 2009 press conference last night that 23 million people are now playing games online with friends. “The audience is changing,” Kotick tells the audience (transcribed by Gamespot). “An Activision study found that 12 million people played games online with friends 18 months [ago]. Today it’s 23 million […]

  • Kotick sells $60m Acti shares

    BusinessInsider is reporting that Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, together with chairman of the board Brian Kelly, sold $60 million worth of Activision shares last week. The article speculates that Kotick and Kelly could be cashing in due to Gamestop announcing Friday that “that same store sales were weak and its outlook cloudy for the second […]

  • 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 […]

  • Reuters: “Hero”, WoW and Call of Duty movies in discussion

    Reuters, citing “people familiar with the discussions,” is reporting that Acti Blizz is working on movie deals for its rhythm action “Hero” games, World and Warcraft and Call of Duty. “They are being talked about for the big screen,” said one source. In an interview before yesterday’s quarterly earnings conference call, company boss Bobby Kotick […]

  • Bobby Kotick gets a new boss, Levy to chair Acti-Blizz

    Vivendi said today that CEO Jean-Bernard Levy is to assume a chairman role at Activision Blizzard. Levy will replace current chairman Rene Penisson, who retires this year. Activision Blizzard’s current CEO is “Big” Bobby Kotick. More on Reuters.

  • Rumor: German Ratings Board outs Guitar Hero: Van Halen

    Guitar Hero: Van Halen rumors are floating around again, thanks to Germany’s ratings board. The Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK) has rated the game for PS3 and Xbox 360, and it’s listed as, “Guitar Hero Headlining Van Halen”. Sounds like bad translation there. GH:VH has been living in Rumorville ever since Activision CEO Bobby Kotick hinted around […]

  • Acti Blizz outperformed last quarter, says Kotick

    Activision said today that its March quarter net revenues and EPS are tracking ahead of its outlook. Revenues of $860 million are expected for the period, an EPS of 8 cents. “We exceeded our quarterly financial goals as the video game market continues to grow and our franchises continue to perform,” said AB mega-boss Bobby […]