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Call of Duty: Black Ops III racks up $550M globally

Call of Duty: Black Ops III racks up $550M globally

It's never a surprise when the latest release in the Call of Duty series sells lots and lots of copies, but this year's Black Ops III has set new records. Publisher Activision has revealed that in only the first three days of the game's release, $550 million in sales has been generated worldwide. This makes the FPS the single largest entertainment release of 2015 so far, not only eclipsing the recent release of Halo 5, but even topping this summer's opening weekend of the Jurassic World movie.

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Call of Duty movie series on the way thanks to Activision Blizzard Studios

Call of Duty movie series on the way thanks to Activision Blizzard Studios

This week the folks at Activision Blizzard have announced their intent to launch a film and television studio. This studio owns content that they imply may be made into either TV shows or big-screen movies, including Call of Duty, Skylanders, Hearthstone, Diablo, and StarCraft. The first titles announced by this new group are an animated TV show called "Skylanders Academy" and a movie series based on the video game series Call of Duty.

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Activision reveals 12M still play Black Ops 2 on last-gen consoles

Activision reveals 12M still play Black Ops 2 on last-gen consoles

Yesterday we talked about some of the limitations people will see when playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on older consoles. The two most notable things are that the campaign has been completely removed, and the FPS will have to switch between 30 and 60 during the multiplayer modes. This leaves some people wondering why Activision would spend the time and resources into putting out a stripped-down version of the game for older consoles. As it turns out, they've got a very good answer.

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Activision Blizzard is now the proud owner of Candy Crush

Activision Blizzard is now the proud owner of Candy Crush

It seems that there is a new gaming empire on the rise. Activision who, thanks to its acquisition of Blizzard in 2008, now owns hit titles such as Call of Duty, Warcraft, StarCraft, Guitar Hero, Skylanders, and, of course, Destiny, is now adding one, or two, more to that list. It has just announced that it is acquiring King Digital Entertainment plc. While that name might not ring a bell, it's game might. It is the maker of Candy Crush Saga, the game that has a massive plummet of productivity worldwide.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 gets stripped-down for Xbox 360, PS3

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 gets stripped-down for Xbox 360, PS3

It's November, which means that if you're a Call of Duty fan, this is your time to shine. We've been seeing yearly updates to the franchise for some time now, and that doesn't look to change any time soon. There are some new changes to the latest release, if you're still gaming on the previous generation platforms, so you may want to take those into consideration before picking it up.

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Activision Blizzard’s new Esports division brings former ESPN CEO on board

Activision Blizzard’s new Esports division brings former ESPN CEO on board

There's no denying that the Esports market is growing, and quickly. Last year's League of Legends Championship was watched by 27 million people on ESPN. To put that in perspective, the final games of both the World Series, and NBA Finals both drew smaller crowds. (23.5 million, and 18 million, respectively). So when ESPN's former CEO decides to break into the Esports world, it's really not a big surprise.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III drops story campaign from PS3, Xbox 360

Call of Duty: Black Ops III drops story campaign from PS3, Xbox 360

Activision has said that this year's Call of Duty: Black Ops III release will only feature competitive multiplayer modes on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. This news is bound to sting for those playing on the previous-generation consoles, as it was announced back in June that Black Ops III would still come to the PS3 and Xbox 360, albeit with a few content cuts, alongside the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions.

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Apple TV’s Guitar Hero Live, Disney Infinity have one caveat

Apple TV’s Guitar Hero Live, Disney Infinity have one caveat

Like it or not, the new Apple TV marks a new phase of gaming in the company's digital life. Naturally, there are already games announcing their support for the new living room device, some of which, like Crossy Road, might already be familiar to mobile gamers. But now even more "serious" titles are coming our way. Activision and Disney Interactive have revealed that games like Guitar Hero Live, Skylanders SuperChargers, and Disney Infinity 3.0 will be playable on the new Apple TV, but there is a very small catch.

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CoD Black Ops multiplayer beta coming to Xbox One, PC 26 Aug

CoD Black Ops multiplayer beta coming to Xbox One, PC 26 Aug

If you've been dying to try out the upcoming Call of Duty's new multiplayer mode but don't have a PlayStation 4 console, you may not breathe a sigh of relief. As long as you have an Xbox One or at least a PC, that is. Activision has just revealed the schedule of the open beta of Black Ops' multiplayer mode across all supported platforms. While PS4 gamers will indeed get to taste it earlier, other gamers won't be far behind, following just seven days later.

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PS4 lands Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta first

PS4 lands Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta first

While Sony's PlayStation keynote at E3 this year was full of out-of-the-blue surprises, including Final Fantasy VII and The Last Guardian, there were also some big announcements about the latest yearly installment of one of gaming's biggest franchises: Call of Duty. While the latest title, Black Ops 3, was first revealed back in April, the big PlayStation-related news is that the PS4 will be getting the multiplayer beta first this August, available to those who pre-order the full game.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release for PS3, Xbox 360 confirmed

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release for PS3, Xbox 360 confirmed

Activision has confirms the release of the next Call of Duty game for not only PC and current-gen systems, but PlayStation 3 and Xbox One as well. This is good news for owners of the previous-generation consoles who will increasingly see high-end games released with requirements above their older systems. PCs are safe, of course, just so long as they've got graphics cards able to take the power. These Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game will be ever-so-slightly different from their bigger siblings.

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Skylanders: SuperChargers game to arrive in September

Skylanders: SuperChargers game to arrive in September

Activision has another Skylanders game in the works, it has been announced, with the release date being set for September 20. The game — which is called Skylanders SuperChargers — will be sold as a starter pack bundle that includes the game itself, three characters, and a game portal. A slew of new vehicles will be joining it, and previously launched characters — all 300 or so of them — will be supported by the new game. The SuperChargers designation, however, comes from the fact that the new vehicles includes a character that does some super charging.

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