Online games such as Age of Conan and Farmville are hot. Now industry leader Activision Blizzard is jumping into the fray with a new Internet strategy.
When videogame publisher Activision announced its merger with Vivendi Games in late 2007, analysts predicted that Vivendi's Blizzard unit, maker of the hugely popular Internet-based fantasy game World of Warcraft, would help Activision migrate to the online world.
Three years later the combined company, Activision Blizzard, MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Dec 20, 2010 5:00 AM ET
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.
Dell is switching 1/4 of its 100,000 BlackBerry-toting employees over to the Windows Phone 7-friendly Dell Venue Pro. "Clearly in this decision we are competing with RIM, because we're kicking them out," said company CFO Brian Gladden. MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 5, 2010 8:24 AM ET
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the weekend's most newsworthy bits below.
Less than a month after Motorola filed a suit against Apple, Apple is returning the favor by suing Motorola for infringing on smart phone patents. (The Register)
Facebook reports a data broker paid app makers for user MORE
The company's blowout quarter came from nearly every division, but taking over the top spot in the video game world was its most surprising statement.
Despite a corporate restructuring, criticism that it's failing to innovate in certain sectors, the departure of Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie and analysts downgrading its stock, Microsoft (MSFT) trumpeted a record first quarter yesterday. Overall revenue rose 25% to $16.2 billion and net income rose 51% to MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 29, 2010 1:38 PM ET
A round-up of the companies, deals, and trends that made headlines.
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.The New York Times gives us a rare behind-the-scenes look at Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, essentially portrayed as the necessary "yin" to Mark Zuckerberg's "yang," and shedding light MORE JP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 4, 2010 6:30 AM ET
The game maker CEO makes the case for the TV as Internet platform in his latest dig against the "walled garden" console
by Laura Rich, contributor
If Bobby Kotick has his way, the couch potato will be back. Speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, the Activision Blizzard (ATVI) CEO laid out a case for moving all Internet activity to the television screen, where the company has a vested interest as its MOREJul 22, 2010 6:52 PM ET
The Wii Fit game is one of Nintendo's biggest sellers with 697,000 sold in the U.S. in November. Courtesy of Nintendo
By Yi-Wyn Yen
Nintendo seems to have bucked the recession. The Japanese video game manufacturer has doubled November sales of the Wii in the U.S. from a year ago, according to NPD's latest release on gaming sales.
The demand for the Wii remains strong since the game console's debut two years ago. The company MOREyiwyn - Dec 11, 2008 6:43 PM ET
Spore, the highly-anticipated PC game, will come to the Nintendo DS. Image: Electronic Art
By Yi-Wyn Yen
LOS ANGELES - Turns out the next big thing from Nintendo will be new games for its miniature console, the DS.
Despite all the speculation of what's in store for the major video game consoles - the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 (MSFT), and Sony PlayStation 3 (SNE) - Nintendo (NTDOY) is paying a lot of MOREyiwyn - Jul 15, 2008 5:36 PM ET
A new interface and customized avatars gives the Xbox a Wii-like feel. Image: Microsoft
By Yi-Wyn Yen
LOS ANGELES - Microsoft's Xbox 360 is getting an image makeover. To appeal to the "casual" gaming audience, Microsoft executives on Monday said they are aggressively marketing the hardcore gamer console as a multipurpose entertainment machine to watch movies, TV shows, and listen to music.
The approach appears to be the latest tactic to compete with MOREyiwyn - Jul 14, 2008 6:10 PM ET
The big buzz at the E3 Media & Business Summit is that there's no big buzz this year.
Gaming analysts say they're not expecting any big surprises from the big three companies – Microsoft (MSFT), Nintendo (NTDOY), and Sony (SNE) – at E3, one of the largest events in the $37.5 billion video game industry. The three main drivers of E3, which kicks off Monday, will not unveil any new game MOREyiwyn - Jul 14, 2008 1:23 AM ET
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