‘Halo’ Video Game Makers Align With Activision

Bungie Studios, the development house behind one of the most successful franchises in video games, has found a new home—and Activision may be on the verge of having its third billion-dollar franchise.

Bungie and Activision Blizzard on Thursday announced a 10-year exclusive partnership that will bring the next franchise from the creators of “Halo” to the company behind “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft.”

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Activision faces another “Modern Warfare 2” lawsuit

Less than two months after the founders of Infinity Ward sued Activision over (among other things) unpaid royalties, over three dozen staffers of the development studio are following in their footsteps.

38 current and former employees of Infinity Ward have filed suit against the publisher, saying Activision has withheld royalty payments game “in an attempt to keep the employees hostage so that Activision could reap the benefit of the completion of Modern Warfare 3.”

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Activision’s Legal Woes Continue – and Get Uglier

The fight that kicked off when Activision fired the two heads of the studio behind last year’s best selling video game is getting uglier—on multiple fronts.

Thirty-eight current and former employees of Infinity Ward, the wholly owned subsidiary that was responsible for “Modern Warfare 2,” are suing the publisher for alleged unpaid royalties on the game.

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Activision & Electronic Arts: More Than A Video Game War

Every industry has its rivals: Two big companies duking it out for customer loyalty and king of the hill status.

In the cell phone world, it’s AT&T vs. Verizon. In the computer world, it’s Apple vs. Microsoft. Among video game companies, it’s Electronic Arts (ERTS) vs. Activision Blizzard (ATVI) – and it’s about as ugly a fight as you’ve ever seen.

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