Activision Publishing, Inc.
Also Known As +
- Activision, Inc. (from 1992 to 2000-06-08)
- Mediagenic (from 1988 to 1992)
- Activision, Inc. (from 1979 to 1988)
- VSYNC, Inc. Name of first incorporation. (from 1979 to 1979)
- Video Computer Arts, Inc. (from 1979 to 1979)
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Activision, Inc. was founded in 1979 by four programmers at Atari, Inc. after they wanted more money and recognition for the games that they created for the Atari 2600. A sales sheet, intended to list what type of games sold best so the programmers would make more like those, showed that the four of them made over 60% of the company's sales at the time, over $60 million. Atari president Ray Kassar dismissed their contract renegotiations and at that point they left.
David Crane, Alan Miller, Robert Whitehead, Larry Kaplan, and former record industry executive Jim Levy founded Activision and their games would have a biography and their signature at the end of the instruction booklets. This took off and Activision made millions in sales. It also marked the start of third-party publishing and development, as previously the owner of the hardware also made all the games for it.
The name of the company was chosen because they wanted a name that was higher up alphabetically than Atari in order to show that it was superior.
In 1984, sales began to fall as the video game crash happened (in late 1983), there was a split on the direction of the company on whether to keep going with video games or computer games. Over the next few year, key employees at Activision left and formed their own companies. Many of these new companies chose names alphabetically above Activision (such as Accolade, Acclaim, and Absolute Entertainment). With sales dropping and Jim Levy's style of crediting individuals in the games becoming less effective, he left the company in 1985.
In 1989, they started focusing on other computer software and changed their name to Mediagenic.
In 1991, Mediagenic filed for bankruptcy, eventually they changed their name back to Activision and in 1993, they surfaced again. Since then, Activision has been turned into the second largest publishing company in the United States.
In 2000, Activision reorganized into a holding company organizational structure. The reorganization was made effective by a merger between Activision, Inc. (the surviving company) and ATVI Merger Sub, Inc. a subsidiary of Activision Holding Company, Inc., which in return was a subsidiary of Activision, Inc.
The merger resulted in all shares of Activision Holding Company, Inc. owned by Activision, Inc. to be canceled and retired, followed by Activision, Inc. changing its name to Activision Publishing Inc. and Activision Holding Company, Inc. to Activision, Inc. The newly Activision Publishing Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision, Inc.
In 2008, the company was acquired for $18.8 billion dollars by Vivendi, a media conglomerate. The new name of the company is Activision Blizzard, Inc., as Vivendi already owned Blizzard Entertainment. The idea of this acquisition was to make Activision Blizzard, Inc. the biggest and most profitable game publishing company in the world.
1,513 Games Released (1980 - 2023)
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|Call of Duty: Vanguard (Ultimate Edition) (2021 on Xbox Series, PlayStation 5, Xbox One...)|
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|Crash Bandicoot: Crashiversary Bundle (2021 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)|
|Crash Bandicoot: Quadrilogy Bundle (2021 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series...)|
|Call of Duty: Warzone - Combat Pack (2020 on PlayStation 4)|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War (2020 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)|
|Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (2020 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)|
|Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (2020 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Campaign Remastered (2020 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)|
|Call of Duty: Warzone (2020 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - 1,100 Points (2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4)|
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The company changes its name to Mediagenic.
The company purchases Infocom.
The company completes initial public offering (IPO).
The company launches a series of multi-million selling Atari 2600 titles, including the Pitfall! series followed by Kaboom! (1981) and River Raid (1982).
The company formed from former Atari developers.
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Activision are the first true third-party developers in history.
Ticker symbol for Actvision is ATVI.
Activision used to offer fabric patches (the one's you stitch on your jacket) for players that achieved high scores on their games. Players were to send in a photograph of their TV with their high score showing (as proof) and mail it in. Activision would then send back a patch.
The patches were intended for games of the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Intellivision, and Colecovision platforms. Not all Activision games offered patches however. These patches now are highly collectible items by the way.
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Related Web Sites +
Activision Publishing, Inc.
Activision Patch Gallery at AtariAge.com
This page shows pictures of each of the patches, the games they were from and the requirements needed to have gotten them.
The History of Activision
A feature article on Gamasutra (30th July 2007)
Activision @ Wikipedia
The company profile at Wikipedia
Legends of the C64
Articles dedicated to legendary pioneering companies and programmers featuring David Crane and Activision.
Old coders never die... they only fade away
Feature in Commodore Format (Issue 22, Jul 92, p52) that lists companies and programmers that made the Commodore 64 great.
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- Original Concept by Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Distributed by Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Sound Engine by Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Package Design by Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Marketed by Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Testing by Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Licensed by Activision Publishing, Inc.
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