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Analysts: Modern Warfare 3 sales below CoD: Black Ops

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Analysts: Modern Warfare 3 sales below CoD: Black Ops 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 had a strong start out of the gate, but hasn't shown the same vigor in sales as Treyarch's 2010 outing, Call of Duty: Black Ops – at least, according to industry analysts. Is Call of Duty getting boring ?

According to comments made to Gamasutra, it is estimated that the total volume of sales for Modern Warfare 3 are down, somewhere around 4.2%, but it's not necessarily because of franchise fatigue. Analysts posits that casual gamers are using their consoles more for streaming content (such as Netflix), and purchasing fewer games.

Last month, year-over-year software sales continued to decline. The estimated sales for Modern Warfare 3 are for boxed copies only, mind you – Activision is making lots of cash on digital wares too.

Activision has yet to comment on the inquiries, but with their annual earnings call due in the next couple weeks, we should hear one way or the other soon enough.

Activision sued for Virtual Worlds usage

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Activision sued for Virtual Worlds usage

Worlds Inc. filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard; they try to get ATVI sued for patent infringement of virtual worlds usage.

Activision Blizzard is being sued for allegedly utilizing technology in a patent owned by Worlds Inc. The company claims that ATVI is violating its patent by using a "system and method for enabling users to interact in a virtual space."

Worlds Inc., which claims multiple titles like World of Warcraft and Call of Duty are in violation of the patent, said that it deserves compensation for using technologies developed by the company.

"Technologies created by Worlds have helped the businesses of virtual worlds gaming and the sale of virtual goods to grow into a multi-billion dollar industry," said Worlds Inc. CEO Thom Kidrin. "While we are pleased to see that the gaming industry and its rapidly growing customer base have enthusiastically embraced our patented technologies, we deserve fair compensation for their use."

The smaller firm can count this as the second time they've filed such suit. 2008 saw them filing suit against NCSoft for the game City of Heroes. That case was dismissed in 2010 after an undisclosed settlement was attained.

Activision has yet to respond to the lawsuit...

Fourzerotwo announced he resigned from Infinty Ward and Activision

Fourzerotwo announced he resigned from Infinity Ward and Activision

Yes, Fourzerotwo just announced that he resigned from his position as Creative Strategist of Call of Duty, as a lead of Infinity Ward, and as an employee of Activision.

Exactly 6 months ago, on September 30th 2011, Treyarch's Community-manager JD_2020 also resigned.

Why ? We don't know and we will never know. But from today Modern Warfare 3 doesn't have an official communicator. Fourzerotwo had almost 400.000 followers on Twitter.  No idea if he and JD_2020 will be replaced or that this type of communication will be cut off...

Activision's Call of Duty Lawsuit - One Fraud Claim Dismissed

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Activision's Call of Duty Lawsuit - One Fraud Claim Dismissed

Publisher Activision took home a small victory in its longstanding legal battle against Call of Duty creators Jason West and Vincent Zampella; convincing a Los Angeles judge to drop one fraud claim.

State Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle agreed with Activision that a fraudulent-inducement claim made by Jason West and Vincent Zampella, creators of the blockbuster game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 shouldn’t go forward. He let stand a claim for promissory fraud.

West and Zampella said that they were considering leaving Activision when their contracts expired in October 2008. They alleged that Activision made false promises to string them along and create MW2, which became the bestselling game of 2010, before firing them.

The former executives added the claims to a 2010 lawsuit in which they alleged that Activision, based in Santa Monica, California, fired them to avoid paying millions of dollars in royalties for the game. Activision maintains they were fired because they were in secret talks with rival Electronic Arts Inc. to set up a new development studio.

A trial on all remaining claims is scheduled for May 7 2012.

For more about this complicated, longrunning legal battle between Activision, Electronic Arts, and the two ex-Infinity Ward founders, go here, here or here.

In 2012... NO BAFTA for Call of Duty !

And again in 2012... No BAFTA for Call of Duty !

Each year UK's BAFTA rewards achievements in video games creation at the annual BAFTA Video Games Awards ceremony. Activision and their development teams didn't collect any BAFTA's for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. A sign that the latest CoD title didn't have anything the jury could " WOW ! " about...

Valve’s Portal 2 was a clear winner at last night's BAFTAs, nominated in several categories, it took home three of the big awards, winning for Story, Design and Best Game.

Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham City won the awards for Action and Performer for Mark Hamill’s portrayal of the Joker. LittleBigPlanet 2 also picked up two awards – for Family and Game Innovation.

There were no wins for two of the year’s biggest-selling games, Skyrim and Modern Warfare 3, with the latter being beaten by big rival Battlefield 3 in the Audio Achievement and Online Multiplayer categories. Battlefield 3 also won the Public Game Award For 2011, voted for by the general public.

Markus Persson, or @notch as he’s known to his thousands of Twitter followers, was awarded the Special Award for his work in creating Minecraft. Modestly, Persson said he didn’t consider himself an original game maker. He told BAFTA, "I don't really think of myself as an innovator. Most of the things I've decided to do were things I saw other people do. I've maybe just popularised some stuff and perfected the combination of certain elements, like letting people play a game before it's finished."

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