Industry juggernaut Activision Blizzard is being shopped around by Telecom giant Vivendi, after chief executive officer Jean-Bernard Lévy was ousted for opposing restructuring.
According to several news sources, Vivendi wants to sell its 61 percent stake in the publisher, which is valued at $8.1 billion. If Vivendi can’t find a suitor, it will head towards the open market.
Currently Vivendi chairman Jean-Rene Fourtou is under pressure to restructure his company and boost the stock price from a nine-year low. Previously, the board had discussed a sale of part or all of its stake in Activision.
Its domination continues. As more than 6.5 million people have purchased Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 within its first 24 hours on the market, in both North America and the United Kingdom, with it pulling in more than $400 million in total revenue.
That number makes it one of the largest entertainment launches in history, with the record being held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at $483 million — but that was within two days, not one. Meaning that, Modern Warfare 3 could still obtain the record.
“We believe the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the biggest entertainment launch of all time in any medium, and we achieved this record with sales from only two territories,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard, Inc.
“Other than Call of Duty, there has never been another entertainment franchise that has set opening day records three years in a row. Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise exceed worldwide theatrical box office for “Star Wars” and “Lord of the Rings,” two of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time.”
There’s been a breach and it’s humongous. According to Kotaku, undisclosed sources have outed a huge amount of information surrounding , Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the highly anticipated sequel in the blockbuster franchise.
According to the undisclosed sources, the sequel continues shortly after the second one ended, as the surprise Russian invasion has taken full affect. The games campaign will be divided among several characters, including to two new Delta Force members; named “Frost” and “Sandman,” sources believe that these characters to be “future” protagonists.
In terms of multiplayer, the game will apparently have a variety of maps in addition to two special operations modes, Survival, which is speculated to rival Zombie Mode, and Mission, which is speculated to be the traditional special ops modes.
“We can’t wait for our community to experience Call of Duty: Black Ops,” said Mark Lamia, Studio Head for Treyarch. “We have focused our entire studio on this game, with dedicated multiplayer, single-player and co-op teams creating the most intense, gripping and riveting experience possible for our fans on all fronts.”
They’re currently at the tip of an industry controversy; respectively because of the companies Infinity Ward crisis. However, during this fiasco, Activision revealed that Sledgehammer Games, a newly formed studio led by former Visceral Games executives, will be developing a new Call of Duty title that will “extend the franchise into the action-adventure genre.”
Exactly what the publisher meant by this, they didn’t say. However, it did confirm that there will be another Call of Duty title in 2011, but it’s unclear if the title is Sledgehammer’s, or another Infinity Ward title. That said, there was also conformation that Treyarch will be handling the development Call of Duty 2010, rumored to be set either during the Cold War or Vietnam War.
“2010 will be another important year for the Call of Duty franchise,” stated Mike Griffith, President and CEO of Activision Publishing. “In addition to continued catalog sales, new downloadable content from Infinity Ward and a new Call of Duty release, we are excited about the opportunity to bring the franchise to new geographies, genres and players.”
When I was growing up, never would I of though that the word billion would be used when talking about video game sales. But, nonetheless, here we are. That said, as much as I hate the management over at Activision, Activision’s Call of Duty series has ranked in a total of $3 Billion in retail sales worldwide, according to The NPD Group, Charttrack, GfK and internal Activision estimates.
“Call Of Duty has become one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. If you consider the number of hours our audiences are engaged in playing Call of Duty games, it is likely to be one of the most viewed of all entertainment experiences in modern history,” said Activision CEO, Bobby Kotick.
It’s obvious that Activision and Kotick have struck gold; alot of it. However, knowing Activision, we can expect more from the Call of Duty series.
When a game sells as much as Modern Warfare 2 there must be millions of people wondering when they’ll be able get there hands on some Modern Warfare 2downloadable content. Nonetheless, Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling has replied to the age old question.
“DLC is planned fir the wonderfully vauge timeframe of Spring,” says Bowling on his Twitter feed. That said, with all the anticipation for the downloadable content, that’s too long of a wait for one piece of downloadable content.
Activision’s Modern Warfare 2 has become the biggest launch title in entertainment history; something that comes as no surprise, seeing that Activision is the worlds biggest video game publisher because of the Call of Duty franchise.
In its first day, the game sold an estimated 4.7 million copies in North America and in the UK, reports internal Activision estimates, with estimated sell-through sales of $310 million in North America and the UK alone in the first 24 hours. Meaning that, this could mean that Modern Warfare 2 did sell the recent estimated 7 million copies worldwide on day one - this report only covers the UK and North America sales, not the entire planet’s day one sale of the game.
“The Call of Dutyfranchise has become a cultural phenomenon showing the power of video games as an entertainment medium,” said Mike Griffith, CEO, Activision. “The shattering of these entertainment records is a testament to the compelling, cinematic and uniquely engaging experience that the Call of Duty brand delivers. Modern Warfare 2 has taken interactive experience to unprecedented heights setting a new standard for entertainment.”
But, the question still remains. How much did Modern Warfare 2 sell worldwide on day one?