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January 17, 2014
12:38 EDTATVIActivision says Call of Duty: Ghosts best-selling game overall in December
Activision Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, announced that Call of Duty and Skylanders continue to top U.S. NPD charts for 2013. "Call of Duty: Ghosts" was the number one best-selling title overall in December, and the number one best-selling next gen title of 2013 on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4; Call of Duty was the number one franchise for the fifth year in a row in both software units and dollars in the U.S., according to the NPD Group. Skylanders SWAP Force was the number two best-selling title overall in December; Skylanders was the number one best-selling kids video game franchise of 2013 in the U.S. for the second consecutive year, and the number three video game franchise overall for the year in the U.S., according to the NPD Group and including toys and accessories.
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July 18, 2014
07:22 EDTATVITotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
06:38 EDTATVIJune NPD video game software sales fell 3%, says Piper Jaffray
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06:06 EDTATVIXbox Live, PlayStation Network users report connectivity issues, Re/code says
Xbox Live (MSFT) and PlayStation Network (SNE) users yesterday reported problems with connecting to their online services, Re/code reports. The connectivity issues could be connected to the start of a beta period for the upcoming Bungie-Activision (ATVI) game Destiny, the publication says. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
11:47 EDTATVIVivendi almost fired Activision CEO over buyout, Bloomberg says
Activision Blizzard (ATVI) CEO Robert Kotick was nearly fired after he demanded that he head a group helping to buy out most of Vivendi's (VIVHY) share in the video-game firm he led, according Bloomberg citing court filings. Reference Link

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