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Posted by YukoAsho

@morrelloman said:

I like these financial blurbs. The business of games is always interesting to me. I wish a smaller company would give more insight into how one goes from idea to $ just for informational purposes to gamers. The big ones are always just playacting to the street and giving stereotypical earnings jargin.

Not sure if I'd call it "play acting." These financial reports are for one purpose - telling their investors how the company's going. Said investors are most likely long-time players on Wall Street and therefore naturally have their own shorthand, just as we gamers do.

Posted by YukoAsho

@Recall said:

@BlatantNinja23 said:

@SuperSonic1305 said:

Activision sucks

really? they seem quite successful

their business practices are horrible, just because people buy their goods doesn't mean their work ethics and treatment of employees is what it should be.

We don't know anything about their work practices other than the hearsay of West and Zampella. EA's transgressions are much better documented.

Also, let's be honest here, nothing Activision does is particularly horrible on the consumer end. They make stuff people buy, end of it. No invasive spyware disguised as distribution services, no forcing everyone to give every bit of information about themselves possible in order to play online, no stripping games of content for DLC later... All in all, they're a regular ass game company that happen to have a couple of assets that make gamers rage irrationally because it's popular to do so among the hive mind.

Posted by morrelloman

I like these financial blurbs. The business of games is always interesting to me. I wish a smaller company would give more insight into how one goes from idea to $ just for informational purposes to gamers. The big ones are always just playcating to the street and giving stereotypical earnings jargin.

Posted by BisonHero
Revenues from downloadable content for Call of Duty “decreased significantly,” which Activision attributes to making players wait too long for it.

That theory is adorable PR spin, but it's just as likely that players got bored of the multiplayer a lot quicker and were no longer playing the game by the time the DLC came out this time around. I don't think player impatience for DLC release magically skyrocketed in the last 6 months; players are just burning out on new Call of Duty games more quickly now.

Posted by Begilerath
@AuthenticM said:

@Begilerath said:

@AngeTheDude said:

@AuthenticM said:

How does one listen to investor calls?

You become an investor...

Also you got to have at least one working ear...

So Patrick is an Activision shareholder?

I guess so, also under all that crazy hair he has at least one working ear... 
Being a little more serious, if you go to   http://investor.activision.com/ you can register to listen to the investor calls and there is an option for Press/Media,
Posted by WiFiPirate

Best part of the article...

Someone asked about next-generation development investments, but it declined to comment.

I dunno, it made me laugh.

Posted by AuthenticM

@Begilerath said:

@AngeTheDude said:

@AuthenticM said:

How does one listen to investor calls?

You become an investor...

Also you got to have at least one working ear...

So Patrick is an Activision shareholder?

Posted by EXTomar

The actual numbers are kind of secondary in WoW and SWTOR. The trick is to make the "common space" feel filled. The guys over at Blizzard understand this where the space and rooms where important stuff happens are not so big or far apart that even on low-med pop servers there is a lot of people standing around in them. On the other hand looking at SWTOR, they often built spaces too big and distances too long between areas that it easily feels like a ghost town during peak usage time on low pop servers. Also WoW goes to greater lengths to insure things like cross server queues to make things like "waiting to join in queue" pop faster gives a sense of more people around while SWTOR doesn't.

When you feel like no one else is play a game, MMO or not, the player tends to move on. From various players, some SWTOR servers are fine but others recount that they went from a guild of 100 down to 5 online and taking forever to find groups. Even if SWTOR is financially fine, situations like that make it impossible to play.

Posted by Gordo789

the first one STRUCK me as interesting a well. PROOFREAD.

Posted by GODWASP

hmm sounds like somthing my girlfriend would enjoy lol

Posted by Skanker

@GODWASP said:

I want to try Skylanders. Is it any good?

Not especially? It's a pretty basic game. It's a pretty easy game too, with the only challenge for me being the final boss fight. The boss fights are pretty annoying too since you can't skip most cutscenes/dialogue in the game. Plenty of things are annoying because of this, actually.

It's a game aimed at children, really. I would say it's worth playing, but not at the price it's currently (and always will be) selling for. The separate Skylanders are definitely not worth it.

Posted by Begilerath
 @AngeTheDude said:

@AuthenticM said:

How does one listen to investor calls?

You become an investor...

Also you got to have at least one working ear...
Posted by CookieMonster

Activision is my favourite company. Why aren't more companies like activision?

Posted by Adaptor

@brotherstereo said:

Yes, demand for Call of Duty DLC is declining! Finally...

Are you hoping the prices will go down when demand gets less?

Posted by FMinus

@Recall said:

@BlatantNinja23 said:

@SuperSonic1305 said:

Activision sucks

really? they seem quite successful

their business practices are horrible, just because people buy their goods doesn't mean their work ethics and treatment of employees is what it should be.

Ah, aside from their overpriced "big hit" games and yearly revisions of the same game, they are just as evil as any other corporation out there, everyone does exactly the same crap, EA, UBI, THQ, etc., you name it - buying up studios then dissolving them and layoffs follow.

Game developers are becoming contractors, you do that shit for us, then find a job somewhere else.

Posted by GODWASP

I want to try Skylanders. Is it any good?

Posted by digitaldiatribe

@mracoon: Fresh from the telex, Scoops has the Scoop of the trial of the century!

Edited by Recall

@BlatantNinja23 said:

@SuperSonic1305 said:

Activision sucks

really? they seem quite successful

their business practices are horrible, just because people buy their goods doesn't mean their work ethics and treatment of employees is what it should be.

Posted by Fugaa

activision owns

Posted by AngeTheDude

@AuthenticM said:

How does one listen to investor calls?

You become an investor...

Posted by WiqidBritt

so wait, they're not counting the elite memberships in their DLC revenue? and they wonder why it went down...

Posted by Skald

More DLC, faster.

Posted by BlatantNinja23

@SuperSonic1305 said:

Activision sucks

really? they seem quite successful

Posted by kidman

people that rage over a successful company being able to make a profit and still produce mostly decent game makes me laugh.

Posted by AuthenticM

How does one listen to investor calls?

Posted by hughesman

DAMN BOBBY YOU SO CRAZY!

Posted by Viking_Funeral

Good for them. I don't care for much of what they're doing these days, but at least they're keeping their fans happy.

Posted by ptys

I see the gaming industry split into two categories, those who play Activision/Blizzard games... and then the rest of us. Not sure if saying they are prepared to pay the Infinity Ward guys 1B, should be public knowledge as it may make the judge more lenient on the plaintiffs. You've got to give credit where it's due though, they know how to make money on video games.

Posted by mewarmo990

@DeanoXD said:

I just want to clarify, 10.2M is world wide monthly paying accounts right?

Yes, most likely, since previous numbers also reflected that demographic. Renewed ad campaigns, promotions, and the new expansion are probably helping to offset leaving subscribers.

Posted by SagaciousJones

World of Warcraft is holding steady at 10.2 million users, the same number as last quarter. Hmm.

I was taking potshots at TOR before it was cool.

Posted by kollay

10.2 million people is still a whole lot of people.

Posted by ildon

I think a better "Hmmm" link would have been to the WoW Annual Pass rather than SW:ToR. We'll see if there's another dip in about 2-6 months. Maybe a little longer after that depending on Mists of Pandaria timing.

Posted by spilledmilkfactory

@Eljay said:

Even as EA and most other companies are running to social gaming Activision just sits back and enjoys the flows from everything else they have going on. I may not like all their products but I do admire their ability to stick to their business model and not go chasing after the latest crazes. No surprise its them and everyone else in the market right now.

What this duder said. I may have disdain for most of their business strategies, but at the same time they've proven that developing for the "core" can be vastly more profitable than the casual gaming that seems to be the new craze.

Posted by Klaimore

Is the hmm link to star wars a way of saying that didn't matter to world of Warcraft players?

Posted by Jack_Lafayette

All I can think of is executives sitting in a boardroom at the top of Activision-Blizzard Towers(TM) sipping scotch and chuckling as they look down at the shorter-by-17-floors EA building. Wait... maybe I can create an elaborate fiction out of this and sell it to Ubisoft for the next Assassin's Creed game.

Posted by mr_shoeless

@CaLe said:

I don't have anything to say. I'm not in the mood to be witty or to pretend I'm foreign and write in broken English. I can't be bothered right now.

Oh, but it so much funny! You take rest, I'll chip in my shovel for cause!

Posted by shway

people that rage over a successful company being able to make a profit and still produce mostly decent game makes me laugh.

Posted by YukoAsho

Hopefully hardcore trolls calm the fuck down about Skylanders. There's no telling whether this can be annualized like CoD, or whether it'll have any lasting appeal. Everything made for super-young children has always been exploitative, but the little shits have short attention spans.

@laserbolts said:

2 million signed up for call of duty elite? damn that is depressing.

Not sure why. They wanted something and they paid for it.

Edited by billyhoush

I can't wait to follow the court case at the end of this month. It's gonna be like the nerd version of the OJ Simpson trial.

Posted by Gunrun

Why "Tidbits". The word is titbits.

Posted by Astrofunk

Grrr... Why do people like things that I don't like!?

Posted by Sooty

Boring.

Posted by laserbolts

2 million signed up for call of duty elite? damn that is depressing.

Edited by laserbolts

2 million signed up for call of duty elite? damn that is depressing.

@Rohok said:

Activision, EA, and Ubisoft can **** ** **** ****** *** ******* ************* *** **************** *** donkey ** ***** **** **

oh you rebel you

Posted by MeatSim

Yup no shortage of money in Activision's coffers.

Posted by Ronald

Damn, Activision has enough money to just sit over $1 billion aside just in case they need to give it to West and Zampella.

Activision “does not believe such a result would be justified,”

You think so, Activision? What else are they going to say "We are going to lose this case, but want to lose it in grand fashion." It would be crazy if they did lose, because it would mean enough money would go to Respawn to keep them in business indefinitely.

Posted by DeanoXD

I just want to clarify, 10.2M is world wide monthly paying accounts right?

Posted by Baillie

Well, the user-base here sure are good at making themselves out to be moronic!

Posted by JackSukeru

@Rohok said:

Activision, EA, and Ubisoft can **** ** **** ****** *** ******* ************* *** **************** *** donkey ** ***** **** **

My what a unintelligible sentence! I will just have to try and decode it as best I can!

"Activision, EA, and Ubisoft can take me from behind and squeeze intelligently for supernationalism gas donkey up forum hate !!"

There we go : D

Posted by brotherstereo

Yes, demand for Call of Duty DLC is declining! Finally...

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