Activision on the block: Assessing the potential buyers

Vivendi might be getting more serious about offloading Activision-Blizzard.

Reuters reports the French conglomerate has been in talks with a number of video game (and mass media) companies about a potential sale of the industry’s top seller.

That makes for a good headline – and I have no doubt about Reuters’ report, but as the industry works itself into a frenzy trying to guess whether Microsoft, Time Warner, or Tencent will be the new home of Call of Duty and Diablo, too many people are failing to scratch the surface.

Read more at Gamasutra

Blizzard puts restrictions on new Diablo III players

If you’re just now getting around to Diablo III, you might want to buy a retail copy instead of downloading one.

In its most recent patch of the game, Blizzard Entertainment has capped how far players who purchase a digital copy of the game can advance in the first 72 hours. Despite inevitable protests to the contrary, it doesn’t look like the company is planning to change its mind about the decision.

Read more at Yahoo! Games

Gaming’s 12 Richest People

Sales in the videogame industry have been declining for more than three years, due in no small part to competition from mobile devices. Yet it’s still a field that’s creating high-net-worth individuals at a rapid clip.

On average, rank-and-file videogame professionals pocket more than $81,000 per year, according to a study by Game Developer Magazine. That alone is nearly double what the typical American takes home. But a few game-box heroes (who undoubtedly weren’t part of that study) blow the curve. Click ahead for some of the industry’s most affluent individuals.

Read more at CNBC.com

The Best Selling Video Games of 2012

For the past several years, Activision’s Call of Duty franchise has been the videogame industry powerhouse — dominating the sales charts not only during the critical holiday sales period, but also carrying that momentum well into the following year.

In 2012, though, the franchise is showing signs of weakness.

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Activision, Infinity Ward founders settle lawsuit

What was threatening to be one of the nastiest legal battles in the history of the video game industry has ended peacefully.

Game publisher Activision and the founders of Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward, Jason West and Vince Zampella, have settled their legal differences at the very last minute. The case was expected to go to trial tomorrow.

Read more at Yahoo! Games

With trial looming, former Infinity Ward heads speak out

Usually, in the days leading up to a multimillion-dollar trial, both parties keep their mouths shut. But when it’s Jason West and Vince Zampella, the former studio heads of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward, the normal rules go out the window.

The pair sat down with Game Informer for an in-depth conversation, discussing their side of the long battle with their former publisher Activision and revealing a few secrets in the process.

Read more at Yahoo! Games

EA, Activision settle ‘Call of Duty’ lawsuit

One of the ugliest lawsuits in the video game industry’s history has been settled just days before going to court, but the legal fireworks may not be over yet.

Activision and Electronic Arts have settled their differences over Jason West and Vince Zampella, former heads of Infinity Ward and creators of the Call of Duty franchise and “agreed to put this matter behind them,” the two publishers said in a joint statement.

Read more at Yahoo! Games

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 2′ already setting records

While Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 won’t hit store shelves for more than six months, it’s already setting records.

Amazon reports the game, which was just announced this week, is on track to become the most pre-ordered game in its history, outpacing Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops and…um, well, a bunch of other Call of Duty games.

Read more at Yahoo! Games

Durkin joins Activision as CFO

Activision has lured a long-term senior Microsoft executive away from Redmond to become its new chief financial officer.

Dennis Durkin, a former corporate vice president and chief operating and financial officer at Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, has joined the developer of “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft” — leaving Microsoft after a 12-year stint.

Read more at Daily Variety