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Activision CEO: EA Sucks Souls From Acquired Developers

  I've always wondered just what to other top-tier videogame executives think of the executives of their competition. Well, it looks like I've gotten my answer. With, newly formed, Activision-Blizzard breathing down Electronic Arts' back, as both compete to see who can become the largest game publisher, it was only a matter of time until an executive from one company spoke out about the competition.

   That exec would be Bobby Kotick, the CEO of Activision. In a recent interview with Portfolio he states his discontent with Electronic Arts and how they operate their newly purchased studios: "...[EA] did a very good job of taking the soul out of a lot of the studios it acquired." Kotick continues by stating that his ship, that'd be Activision, doesn't function that way, as they've "built a model that celebrates entrepreneurial, opportunistic, independent values."

   Hey, we're not one to judge, but the way we look at it...both Electronic Arts and Activision have beaten to death a number of their franchises over the past years. Still, both brands also offer a solid section of games: Activision with Call of Duty and Guitar Hero; Electronic Arts with Half-Life and Rockband. All in all, the more competition between them, the better.

4/25/2008 Arnold Katayev

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Tatsujin
Friday, April 25, 2008 @ 6:20:35 PM
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Hey, true that... But I still lean more towards the favor of Activision-Blizzard... Because 1) Blizzard is a great company, just the name-Blizzard- in Activision-Blizzard makes everything seem right and 2) EA kills more franchises then they make.

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MadAccordionist
Friday, April 25, 2008 @ 10:17:02 PM
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Like Activision is any better. The only difference is that instead of a new Madden every year, we get Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero every year. And look what Activision is doing to Sierra.

Activision has no room to talk about EA.. they're just as bad.

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Tatsujin
Saturday, April 26, 2008 @ 1:14:32 AM

How many times do you see Activision up on display with "Killed this series" or "Killed that seires" Yea... Compared to EA, Activision is doing well. Compared to Blizzard, wtf is a Activision?

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MadAccordionist
Saturday, April 26, 2008 @ 10:58:06 AM

Actually, if you look, you'll see Activision doing that quite a bit. It's just that they aren't as hated as EA, so the public recognition isn't there.

Just go look at Activision's game portfolio. Most of their money comes from serialized titles and licenses, just the same as EA. As a matter of fact, in the last year or so and immediate future... EA even has more original IP's than Activision does.

And Blizzard, WTF?!? First of all, their parent company, Vivendi, merged with Activision. So, in a sense, Activision owns them now. And, second, they only have three series (Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo) and at best only made half the money EA did.

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Tatsujin
Sunday, April 27, 2008 @ 11:07:04 PM

Exactly, they arn't hated... So they can get away with it, as for EA. its been going far too long O_O

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Minishmaru
Saturday, April 26, 2008 @ 8:20:18 AM
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Meh, I dunno. It seems like sometimes merges are good other times its not. Seems like this could work out for better games considering 2 companies trying to "win" over the other so they should make better and better games eh?

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BlinkBoy
Saturday, April 26, 2008 @ 9:03:22 AM
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They are all the same, just different wrapping.

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KidCallaway123
Monday, April 28, 2008 @ 9:11:00 AM
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Who is going to be responsible for providing the gaming public the most kick-ass games going forward??

This is only what matters to me!!

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