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BOOM! Activision Did It Again! Skylanders Is Number One!


Hey Addicts,

Awesome news everybody Activision Publishing,Inc., a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. has done it again! For the 3rd year in a row Skylanders has once again become the #1 kids video game franchise in the U.S. and globally.This is based solely on the retail sales from toys and accessories. Not only has Skylanders killed the game world, but so has two other titles from Activision Publishing. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has become the #1 selling console game around the world and is the number one franchise for the sixth year in a row. The newest IP from Activision Destiny has managed to become the #1 newest video game IP of 2014 as well as claiming the spot as the #2 best-selling console game of 2014 among all other titles in the U.S. Check out the press release I got the other day.

 

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ACTIVISION DELIVERS TOP GLOBAL GAMES OF 2014:

CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE #1 TOP-SELLING VIDEO GAME; SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM #1 KIDS VIDEO GAME;

DESTINY #1 NEW VIDEO GAME IP

 Skylanders Trap Team Outsells Nearest Competitor Globally by 17%; 

Skylanders Franchise 30% Bigger than Nearest Competitor Globally

 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Top-selling 

Console Game of 2014 Globally; #1 Gaming Franchise in US for Sixth Straight Year

 Destiny is #2 Top-Selling Video Game in the US Based on Revenue; 

Biggest New Video Game Franchise Launch in History

 SANTA MONICA, Calif. – January 16, 2015 — Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), delivered the top-selling console video game of 2014 with Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare and the top-selling kids video game in the world with Skylanders Trap Team(1). Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare topped the U.S. charts for 2014 and claimed the title of the #1 top-selling console game of 2014 globally(1). Call of Duty is also the #1 franchise in the U.S. for the sixth year in a row in the U.S., based on revenue(2).Skylanders® Trap Team is the #1 top-selling kids video game globally, andSkylanders is the #1 kids video game franchise of the year in the U.S, and globally, for the third year in a row, based on retail sell-through including toys and accessories(1).

“We’d like to thank our fans for making Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare the #1 top-selling video game in the world, Skylanders Trap Team the top-selling kids game in the world and Destiny the #1 new video game IP of 2014,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “As much fun as we had making these games, we’ve had even more fun playing along side you. Stay tuned. We have more exciting games in store for fans this year.”

In addition to these wins, Destiny, the epic new game from Activision and Bungie, is the #2 top-selling console game among all titles in the U.S. in 2014, based on revenue(2).  Destiny is also the top-selling new video game IP of the year and had the biggest launch of a new video game franchise in history(1). And Skylanderscontinued to lead the ‘Toys to Life’ category for the third consecutive year.

Skylanders continues its leadership position as the #1 kids video game franchise globally as well as in the U.S. by wide margins. As a global franchise in 2014,Skylanders is 30% bigger than its nearest competitor. And Skylanders Trap Teamoutsold its nearest competitor globally by 17%,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “As the creators of the ‘Toys to Life’ category, we are thrilled to continue to lead it for the third consecutive year.”

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 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is developed by Sledgehammer Games for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PC, and is available via direct digital download. A current gen version for Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system is also available. The title is rated M for Mature with Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Strong Language. For the latest intel, check out:www.callofduty.com, www.facebook.com/callofduty,www.youtube.com/callofduty or follow @CallofDuty on Twitter and Instagram.

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 Skylanders® Trap Team introduces a ground-breaking innovation that lets Portal Masters “trap” the most wanted villains in Skylands and then play as them in the game in the battle for good. The game offers an unprecedented new addition to the game’s play pattern in the form of Traptanium™ Traps. When this new type of toy is placed into the Traptanium Portal, Portal Masters can “capture” a variety of special villains from the game and magically transport them from Skylands into the real world — effectively bringing life to toys. Additionally, Skylanders Trap Team advances the gaming industry by offering the full AAA game experience on both tablet and console for the first time ever.

The fourth installment of the award-winning, $2 billion game franchise, Skylanders Trap Team is playable with more than 175 unique toys from all previous Skylanders games. Every character is able to defeat and trap villains using Traptanium™ Traps, providing fans more ways to enjoy their collections. The game is available on the following platforms: Nintendo’s Wii™ system and Nintendo’s Wii U™ system; a variety of iPads®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets; Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and entertainment systems from Microsoft; PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems from Sony. A different adventure is also available on the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system. For more information, please visit: www.skylanders.com andActivision.com/presscenter.

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 Destiny casts players as a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to explore the ancient ruins of our solar system in a social, living universe filled with other players. Players will journey through environments spanning the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus while creating their own legend as they and their friends venture out into the stars to reclaim the treasures and secrets lost after the collapse of humanity. Over the course of their adventures, players will become more powerful as they wield rare and exotic weapons, gear, and super abilities.

Destiny is rated T for Teen by the ESRB (Animated Blood and Violence), and is available now for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system (PlayStation Plus required for some features), PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft (Xbox Live Gold required for some features). For more information, visit www.DestinyTheGame.com. For exclusive updates, follow the official Destiny social channels at www.facebook.com/DestinyTheGame and @DestinyTheGame on Twitter, and interact directly with the developers at www.Bungie.net.

 

Congratulations to Activisions and all its employees on a job well done. Thank you for giving us another Super Boomtastic game to enjoy this year I can’t wait for Skylanders 5! (Yeah I know Trap Team is still fresh shoot me). 🙂 Take a minute to show us some love on our social media sites. Show us your collections, share your artwork with us, or just chat us up we like to talk 🙂 until next time I’ll catch you on the SKYSIDE!

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Activision Scores Big With Number 1 and 2 Best Selling Games In US


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Hey Addicts,

Looks like Activision has hit another one out of the park with the new the Skylanders Trap Team game. According to the NPD group Activision based on retail sales has become the #1 kids video game franchise of 2014. Pat yourselves on the back Portal Masters BOOMtastic job! But that’s not all! Activision recently released Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare the latest installment in the franchise series.

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In its first month of release COD: AW has become the #1 selling console game of the year through November in the United States overall, as well as becoming the top-selling title on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Now here is the icing on the cake Destiny the new epic release from Bungie is the #2 selling console game among all titles in the US through November of 2014. BOOYAH!

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Check out the press release below to get more detail on this awesome achievement for our favorite franchises.

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CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE AND DESTINY ARE THE #1 AND #2 BEST-SELLING CONSOLE GAMES OF THE YEAR IN THE U.S.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the #1 Top-selling Game of the Year in the U.S.

Skylanders is the #1 Best-Selling Kids Video Game Franchise of the Year in the U.S.

 

Santa Monica, CA – December 12, 2014 – Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), has delivered the top two selling console retail releases of the year to date overall in the U.S., as well as the #1 kids video game franchise of 2014, based on retail sell-through, according to the NPD Group, through November.  In only its first month of release, Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare is already the #1 top-selling console game of the year through November in the U.S. overall, as well as individually on Xbox One, PlayStation® 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3. Destiny, the epic new release from Bungie, is the #2 top-selling console game among all titles in the U.S. in 2014 through November and Skylanders® is the #1 kids video game franchise of the year through November in the U.S., based on retail sell-through including toys and accessories.

“To date, 2014 has been a series of number ones for Activision Publishing: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the #1 top-selling game of the year, Skylanders is the #1 kids video game franchise of the year, and Destiny is the #1 top-selling new video game franchise of the year,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision Publishing, Inc. “We are excited about how fans have responded to Call of Duty: Advanced WarfareDestiny and Skylanders Trap Team, and have even more great new content in store in 2015.”

Activision’s lineup of Call of DutyDestiny and Skylanders achieved the following in the U.S. through November 2014, according to NPD:

  • #1 and #2 top selling console titles: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,Destiny
  • #1 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • #1 kids video game franchise: Skylanders
  • #1 top-selling new video game franchise of the year through November:Destiny
  • Call of Dutyleads November console game sales for 6th consecutive year

I have always been a fan of the Call of Duty series and Destiny is breath-taking in my opinion. Congratulations to Activision and its respected companies for doing such a great job this year. I am excited to see what the future holds for these titles. I’m going to Trap some villains, and blow up some stuff. Until next time catch you on the SKYSIDE!

Activision Publishing, Inc. Showcases Next Generation Lineup at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2014


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Hey Addicts! As we are gearing up for all the news from E3 thought you all would like to see the email I got from Activision this morning with some pictures and details about what they have in store for us at E3.

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Showcases Next Generation Lineup at Electronic

Entertainment Expo 2014

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Skylanders Trap Team and Destiny Showcase Blockbuster Lineup

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SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is set to kick-off this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) with a blockbuster lineup featuring the #1 and #3 videogame franchises of 2013 in the U.S., including toys and accessories, according to the NPD Group1, and what could be the biggest new videogame IP of the year. Starting Tuesday, June 10, at the LA Convention Center, the company will debut a new era for the Call of Duty® franchise with Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare, while showcasing the newest innovative title from the popular Skylanders® brand with Skylanders Trap Team™, and the highly anticipated Destiny®. both Skylanders and Destiny will be playable on the show floor. Activision will be located in the South Hall, booth #1647. “This year’s E3 has been years in the making for us” “This year’s E3 has been years in the making for us,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “Each game we are showcasing is the result of our commitment to quality and innovation: our first 3-year development and our first new lead developer on the Call of Duty franchise in a decade with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Our biggest innovation since we invented the Toys-to-Life category with Skylanders Trap Team. And the result of over four years of passion, partnership and investment to bring Bungie’s vision for Destiny to life. I think this is the best slate in Activision’s history and I can’t wait for gamers to get a closer look.” Activision’s E3 Slate Includes: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Developed by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare delivers gamers an immersive and compelling narrative, jaw-dropping visuals and, for the first time in Call of Duty, exoskeleton gameplay that will redefine how people play the game. Players become the advanced soldier enabled with the power of the exoskeleton, an advanced arsenal of never-before-seen weaponry, new abilities and new gameplay mechanics. The first Call of Duty to benefit from a three-year development cycle, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is built specifically for the next generation consoles. The game takes place in a future setting that immerses players into an emotional journey with a new cast of characters poised to set a new bar for the franchise. The title is scheduled for release on November 4 for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC; not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information, visit: www.callofduty.comwww.facebook.com/callofdutywww.youtube.com/callofduty or follow @CallofDuty on Twitter and Instagram. Destiny – From Bungie, the creators of Halo®, and Activision, the company that brought you Call of Duty, comes Destiny, an epic, action-packed adventure set in a familiar but mysterious universe. Destiny delivers a new way to play first-person action games in a story-driven universe filled with single player, cooperative, competitive, public, and social activities, all seamlessly connected and a vast, persistent universe, creating the world’s first “Shared World Shooter.” In Destiny, gamers become Guardians of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible powers and explore the far reaches of our solar system. The game will be available on September 9 for the PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation®3 system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Xbox 360. For more information, visit www.DestinyTheGame.com. For exclusive updates, follow the official Destiny social channels at www.facebook.com/DestinyTheGame and @DestinyTheGame on Twitter, and interact directly with the developers at www.Bungie.net. Skylanders Trap Team – Developer Toys for Bob, creators of the Toys-to-Life™ phenomenon, return with another exciting innovation with Skylanders Trap Team. The newest installment to the Skylanders franchise will reverse the magic of bringing toys-to-life, letting kids take characters out of the digital world and bring them into the physical world. In Skylanders Trap Team, Portal Masters seek out and defeat the most wanted villains in all of Skylands, pulling them out of the game and into living rooms by capturing them in Traps. Players can then send villains back into the game where they play as them to fight for good.  Skylanders Trap Team will include the Traptanium Portal™, a new ring of magical energy that enables kids to not only bring their Skylanders to life, but also capture villains using the new Traps. Skylanders Trap Team introduces new heroes known as Trap Masters and will be available on October 5 in North America for Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and entertainment systems from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation®3 system, Nintendo’s Wii™ system and Nintendo’s Wii U™ system. A completely unique adventure will be available on the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system. I’m so excited for I’m looking forward to tomorrows announcements! Not only will be getting some SKYTASTIC news about our favorite franchise, but we also get to get a first look at the new Call of Duty and Destiny games! BOOM! We already know there will be an exclusive Trap Item at this years show, but what else will we see? Hmmmmm… guess we will have to wait and see. Don’t forget to check out the pics in the gallery. Until next time “Catch you on the SKYSIDE!”

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