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Activision CEO Bobby Kotick's full DICE speech, Jack Thompson says 'Gotcha!'

[Elisabeth Caren] Activision CEO Bobby Kotick's speech at DICE was certainly a highlight of this year's convention. The polarizing figure took the stage and spoke his mind -- whether it was for better or worse was a topic of debate for the rest of the show. Some saw it as humanizing the demonized e...

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Activision missed opportunity to buy Blizzard for $7m

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick mentioned in a recent interview that he could have bought World of Warcraft developer Blizzard Entertainment back in the mid-'90s for a mere $7 million -- instead of having to do that whole $18 billion deal 12 years later. Speaking with Game Informer, the polarizing exec...

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Guitar Hero, Call of Duty franchises lead Activision's 'better-than-expected' Q3 2009

Look, just feign surprise, it makes these financial posts so much more exciting: Activision today reported net revenues of $755 million (on a non-GAAP basis) in the quarter ending September 30, 2009 -- that's $55 million more than the suits hoped to stack, according to previous projections. While t...

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Activision CEO made nearly $15 million last year

Say what you will about Activision CEO Robert Kotick -- and from what we've seen in previous posts, you will -- the guy knows how to make money. Not just for Activision as a whole (which raked in close to $1 billion in Q2 this year), but for himself as well -- according to a recent Forbes profile ...

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Activision: A Decade of Denting Wallets

Flipping through the decade-long Activision highlight reel assembled by IndustryGamers, we couldn't help but clutch our wallets a bit tighter after every page. For the past decade, we've been regularly stuffing wads of cash into the mega publisher's piggy bank, which has swelled to nearly $3 billio...

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Vivendi CEO becomes Activision Blizzard chairman

Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of Vivendi, will add the role of Activision Blizzard chairman to his resume. Levy will pick up the duties of outgoing 67-year-old Rene Penisson. Vivendi is the majority owner in the empire known as Activision Blizzard. Blizzavision is expected to announce strong sales in the...

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Forbes profiles Kotick, calls Rock Band 'shameless knockoff of Guitar Hero'

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is the cover story for the latest issue of Forbes magazine, and the article's got one helluva quote -- and it's not even from the man himself. While you might balk at the businessman's lack of gaming credentials (read: he doesn't play games), this is the line, w...

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Activision Blizzard CEO Kotick: Vivendi franchises lacked 'potential to be exploited'

Whereas Electronic Arts has been actively pursuing a more diverse portfolio of original IPs, rival publishing powerhouse Activision Blizzard is looking to take a less risky approach of focusing on a narrow field of franchises and, in CEO Bobby Kotick's words, exploit it. Hey, it's just business. Wh...

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Actilizzard CEO finds Warner Music's logic on music licensing 'one-sided'

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick finds comments made by Warner Music -- saying it should be paid more for the use of its music in games like Guitar Hero -- a little "one-sided." The Financial Times reports that the Blizzavision chief thinks comments made by Warner Music's Edgar Bronfman don't ...

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Activision execs receive millions in bonuses

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick and co-chairman Brian Kelly have each received bonuses from the company of approximately $3 million each. Michael Griffith, CEO of Activision Publishing, also received a bonus according to SEC filings, but his was only for around $1.5 million -- poor guy. The bonuses we...

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