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From: Sr K5/30/2011 10:40:38 PM
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TECHNOLOGY | MAY 30, 2011
'Call of Duty' Sets Sights on a Fee

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Activision, publisher of the 'Call of Duty' games, says a monthly subscriber fee would provide extra content. ]


Consumers are used to paying $60 each for videogames that run on consoles like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Now the publisher behind the industry's biggest videogame franchise —"Call of Duty" — is about to find out whether it can get them to pay a monthly bill, too.

Activision Blizzard Inc. plans to launch an online service called Call of Duty Elite this fall that will work with the next major edition of the game, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3," and future installments of the hyper-realistic combat-simulation game. In a move industry executives describe as a first, Activision plans to charge a monthly subscription fee for the service, which will provide extra content that isn't offered on game discs sold in stores, including downloadable map packs that give players new "Call of Duty" levels to play.

Activision executives said they haven't yet figured out how much to charge for the service, but they expect the cost to be less than fees for comparable online-entertainment services, such as a $7.99-a-month Netflix Inc. movie subscription. Portions of the service will be free, including features inspired by Facebook Inc. that will let "Call of Duty" players meet for online gun battles with others who share various affiliations and interests.

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From: JakeStraw9/6/2011 3:04:21 PM
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Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ: ATVI) is now covered by analysts at Citigroup. The analysts set a "buy" rating and a $16.00 price target on the stock.

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From: JakeStraw10/7/2011 2:44:07 PM
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Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI) is now covered by analysts at Robert W. Baird. The analysts set an "outperform" rating and a $15.00 price target on the stock.

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From: JakeStraw10/10/2011 2:05:41 PM
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Activision's Promising New Franchise: 'Skylanders'
seekingalpha.com

Activision is packaging Skylanders as a starter set ($69.99) containing the video game for one platform, three Skylanders action figures, a "Portal of Power" peripheral, a character poster, trading cards and sticker sheet, along with necessary Web codes. There are 30 Skylanders characters sold separately for $7.99. Expansion packs ($19.99) include an exclusive Skylander along with a location piece and magic items that unlock an expansion area in the game world. The action figures are set to remember all advancements gained even when ported across platforms.

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From: JakeStraw11/12/2011 7:35:14 AM
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At $400 million, Modern Warfare 3 launch the biggest yet

Activision says the game generated more than $400 million and sold 6.5 million units in its first 24 hours on store shelves, easily beating its predecessors.

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From: Sr K11/16/2011 1:01:28 AM
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Vivendi Has Sold 35 Million Shares in Activision Blizzard

By David Whitehouse - Nov 15, 2011 9:17 AM ET

bloomberg.com

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From: Sr K7/26/2013 2:47:42 AM
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bloomberg.com

And, in wsj.com

BUSINESS | Updated July 26, 2013, 2:04 a.m. ET

Activision to Buy Back Most of Vivendi's Controlling Stake
Vivendi to Keep 12%, but Its Representatives on Activision's Board Are Expected to Step Down

By IAN SHERR And SAM SCHECHNER

Activision Blizzard Inc. said it has reached an agreement to buy back nearly $6 billion worth of Vivendi SA's holding in the company, ending months of negotiations over the fate of the videogame giant.

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Activision said Thursday it will buy 429 million shares for about $13.60 per share, reducing Paris-based conglomerate Vivendi from being majority shareholder. Activision said it would fund the purchase with $1.2 billion in cash on hand from its domestic accounts and approximately $4.6 billion in debt financing from banks including J.P. Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

While the purchase price represents a haircut on the current value of Activision's shares, which closed down 1.3% at $15.18 Thursday, Vivendi said in a statement that it is above the historical average for the videogame company.

Activision, best known for its "Call of Duty" war-simulation games and "World of Warcraft" online fantasy franchise, had $4.3 billion in cash and cash equivalents at the end of March, but $2.7 billion is held offshore and would be subject to U.S. taxes if repatriated, according to company filings.

In a separate transaction, Vivendi is also selling 172 million shares—about $2.3 billion worth at $13.60 a share—to an investment group led by Bobby Kotick, Activision's chief executive, and Brian Kelly, the company's co-chairman. The two men committed a combined $100 million to the effort. That group will hold 24% of the Activision's shares, making it the largest shareholder.

Vivendi said it will continue to hold about 83 million shares, or 12% of the company, and has pledged to retain its shares in a staggered 15-month lockup. The deal is expected to close in September.

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From: Sr K7/26/2013 7:55:54 AM
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Up 18% pre-market


Activision Blizzard, Inc. (ATVI) -NasdaqGS

15.18 Jul 25, 4:00PM EDT|Pre-Market : 17.95 2.77 (18.25%) 7:53AM EDT - Nasdaq Real Time Price

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From: ECole7/29/2013 5:51:52 AM
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Activision Blizzard will acquire approximately 429 million shares and certain tax attributes from Vivendi in exchange for $5.8 billion in cash, approximately $13.60 a share before taking into account benefit to the company of these tax attributes.


Business update call transcript

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From: Sr K9/18/2013 6:50:33 PM
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Down 3% AH on legal challenge.

finance.yahoo.com

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