November 16, 2012 |
One video game. One day. Half a billion dollars. In the latest sign that Activision's "Call of Duty" military shooter franchise remains a retail behemoth, gamers worldwide spent more than $500 million on the latest sequel, "Black Ops II," in its first day on sale. That's far-and-away the biggest video game launch of the year, easily exceeding the $220 million spent on "Halo 4" its first 24 hours last week ("Halo 4" was available only for the Xbox 360, though, while "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" can also be played on the Playstation 3 console)
November 12, 2012 |
The video game industry got a much needed bonus last Tuesday as "Halo 4" players around the world spent more than $220 million on the heavily marketed sequel. That's the highest ever first day gross for Microsoft Corp.'s blockbuster science-fiction/action franchise. 2010's "Halo Reach," the previous record holder, enjoyed a $200-million "opening day. " Microsoft did not report how many "Halo 4" units it sold on launch day, but based on the game's U.S. retail price of between $60 and $100, the total is more than 2.2 million.
November 9, 2011 |
Activision Blizzard Inc. has raised its financial projections for the year, based largely on the strength of a single game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. But a sharp drop in subscribers for the game publisher's other marquee title, World of Warcraft, knocked the wind out of the company's stock. The Santa Monica company announced Tuesday that subscribers for its World of Warcraft online game had fallen to 10.3 million from 11.4 million at the end of March. "The magnitude of the decline was surprising," said Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities.
August 4, 2011 |
Despite owning a broad portfolio of game franchises, Activision Blizzard Inc. continues to rely on a handful of titles from Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine and the Call of Duty franchise for much of its sales and profits. The Santa Monica game publisher said its second-quarter revenue of $1.15 billion was up 19% from $967 million a year earlier, thanks to strong sales of supplemental online content for its Call of Duty: Black Ops, as well as the popularity of two Blizzard titles, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty.
June 15, 2011
Top 10 U.S. Video Games in May 2011 (publisher) L.A. Noire (Take-Two Interactive Software) Brink (Bethesda Softworks) Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Disney Interactive) Portal 2 (Electronic Arts) Mortal Kombat 2011 (Warner Bros. Interactive) Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard) Zumba Fitness (Majesco) NBA 2K11 (Take-Two) Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft) Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts) Source: NPD Group Inc.
March 25, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday. Lindsay Lohan is reportedly dropping the Lohan. You can just call her Lindsay now, OK? ( Pop Eater ) Radiohead is getting into the newspaper business (sort of). ( Los Angeles Times ) Elizabeth Taylor may be gone, but not before divulging that James Dean said he was molested by his minister. ( Huffington Post ) The "Grey's Anatomy" team must be getting bored -- they're using the March 31 episode to help launch cast member Sara Ramirez's singing career.