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FTC Sues to Block Microsoft's Takeover of Activision Blizzard

But Microsoft has good shot of winning a legal challenge

(Newser) - The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday it is suing to block Microsoft’s planned $69 billion takeover of video game company Activision Blizzard, saying it could suppress competitors to its Xbox game consoles and its growing games subscription business. The FTC voted 3-1 to issue the complaint after a closed-door...

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Berkshire Shareholders Receive Update in Person

Buffett discusses new investments, inflation

(Newser) - Thousands of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders returned in person Saturday for their annual meeting heard Warren Buffett update them about investments and rail about the widespread harm inflation is doing. The pandemic had prevented the gathering in Omaha for the past two years. After earlier saying that inflation "swindles" equity...

Microsoft Goes Shopping, Will Be No. 3 Gaming Company

At least by revenue; firm is buying Activision Blizzard

(Newser) - Microsoft is buying the gaming company Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, gaining access to blockbuster games like Call of Duty and Candy Crush. The all-cash deal will let Microsoft, maker of the Xbox gaming system, accelerate mobile gaming and provide building blocks for the metaverse, or a virtual environment,...

Activision Blizzard Employees Walk Out After Damning Report

CEO Bobby Kotick allegedly knew about sexual misconduct allegations for years

(Newser) - Activision Blizzard employees staged a walk-out Tuesday after a damning report about the videogame company's CEO came out. Robert "Bobby" Kotick knew about allegations of sexual misconduct at the company for years and tried to keep things hush-hush, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . Since the lawsuit filed...

Video Game Developer Faces Mutiny Over Lawsuit Response

2K sign letter demanding Activision Blizzard seriously evaluate harassment claims

(Newser) - More than 2,000 current and former Activision Blizzard employees have signed a letter to management saying its response to a lawsuit alleging widespread sexual harassment and discrimination is "abhorrent and insulting." A week-old complaint filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing following a two-year...

State Sues Video Game Giant Over 'Frat Boy' Culture

Women faced relentless sexual harassment at Activision Blizzard, suit states

(Newser) - According to a lawsuit from labor regulators in California, video game giant Activision Blizzard is a great place to work—for sexist men. The lawsuit accuses the Call of Duty and World of Warcraft maker of fostering "a pervasive 'frat boy' workplace culture that continues to thrive,"...

CEO's COVID-19 Move: Give His Number to 10K Workers

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said he's heard from a few hundred of them

(Newser) - The CEO of the company behind video game mega-hits like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft has a 10,000-strong staff reporting to him. And now they all have his personal phone number. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick told CNBC on Tuesday that he provided them with his digits...

Gamer Who Cried 'Revolution!' Has Punishment Reduced

Ng 'blitzchung' Wai Chung was initially suspended for a year

(Newser) - Activision Blizzard is easing up on a pro video game player who voiced support for Hong Kong protesters—but the company didn't exactly apologize, the Washington Post reports. Suspended at first for a year and stripped of prize money, Ng "blitzchung" Wai Chung will get to keep his...

Backlash Over Barring Player Hits Big Game Maker

Activision Blizzard accounts are canceled over action against Hong Kong supporter

(Newser) - Video game maker Activision Blizzard is paying for barring a Hong Kong player who shouted support for the pro-democracy demonstrators last weekend. Gamers are calling for a boycott, the company is taking a beating on social media, and the stock price is down almost 4% this week, CBS News reports....

Candy Crush Maker Bought for $5.9B

Activision says deal will give boost to mobile games

(Newser) - The US video game maker that brought you "Call of Duty/" and "World of Warcraft" says it will buy the maker of "Candy Crush" for $5.9 billion in what the Guardian calls "the biggest takeover of a UK tech company in four years." Activision...

No More World of Warcraft for Iran

Blizzard shuts down game to comply with sanctions

(Newser) - How punishing are US sanctions on Iran? Ask the nation's nerds, many of whom have now been cut off from their drug of choice: World of Warcraft. Last week Iranian players discovered they suddenly couldn't access the popular MMO, the Guardian reports. Blizzard eventually revealed, in a battle....

Call of Duty Game to Test Monthly Subscription

Players will have choice of paying fee for extra content

(Newser) - The maker of the wildly popular Call of Duty video game plans to test just how dedicated its players are. In an industry first, Activision Blizzard will launch a monthly subscription fee this fall for gamers who want extra content that does not come with the $60 game, reports the...

Activision Axes Guitar Hero
 Activision Axes Guitar Hero  

Activision Axes Guitar Hero

Gig is over for former hit game

(Newser) - Activision's former smash hit has gone from hero to zero. The company says Guitar Hero—which earned it more than $1 billion just 2 years ago—is being discontinued. Members of the Guitar Hero team will be among some 500 Activision employees to be laid off, the Los Angeles Times...

New Call of Duty Game Obliterates Sales Record

Sells 5.6 million copies on first day

(Newser) - Last year, the release of the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 smashed all first-day sales records and astounded industry watchers. This year, the latest release in the franchise—Black Ops—has one-upped that feat. In the first 24 hours, it sold 5.6 million copies and earned...

Vivendi to Buy Activision
Vivendi to Buy Activision

Vivendi to Buy Activision

Get ready for World of Tony Hawk's Pro Guitar Warcraft

(Newser) - Vivendi, producer of mega-hit World of Warcraft, today announced plans to merge operations with Activision, forming an independent video game behemoth to rival EA. Vivendi will buy 52% of Activision for $1.7 billion and $27.50 per share, the Times reports, a premium on Friday’s $22.15 closing...

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