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German Gamescom 2011 opens its doors

Today is the official opening of Gamescom 2011; world's largest trade fair and event for interactive games and entertainment.

Offizielle gamescom Kanal bietet dir spannendes Material zu gamescom 2011, die vom 18- 21 August für Publikum geöffnet ist

The gaming world is feverishly awaiting the innovations and highlights of gamescom 2011. An impressive host of exhibitors will be in Cologne from 17-21 August to present hundreds of World, European and German premieres.

This year, the gamescom awards will be presented in a total of eight categories. The award ceremony will be held on August 17 as part of the official opening and in the presence of prominent representatives of the international Game Industry. The 2011 gamescom awards will honour : Best PC Game, Best Console Game, Best Mobile Game, Best Online Game, Best Browser Game, Best Family Game, Best Hardware/Accessories and Best of gamescom.

And Modern Warfare 3 is nominated for Best Online Game. Click on read more for all nominees and their categories.

We don't know how a game can be nominated and even honoured when it isn't released yet... Modern Warfare 2 was an online nightmare till they fixed it; but that was, for PS3 and PC, months after its release.

Next Game hype will be from Respawn Entertainment

Game Industry News

by Claire Claws

Abbie Heppe - Ex-G4TV Abbie Heppe will be the Respawn Community Manager.

With their new San Fernando Valley, well equipped, offices and very informative website online; Respawn Entertainment seems to be ready to go after something which they strongly believe is theirs; proofing to be the real geniuses behind the multi-million dollar blockbuster Call of Duty. The only way they can do this is by creating a new video-game and show.

Respawn is developing a multi-platform game and has a publishing deal with Activision's rival Electronic Arts Inc

Respawn Entertainment

With a big team of game designers, artists and software engineers who already created Call of Duty, plus hiring the best developer talents; Respawn Entertainment is convinced it has all what it takes to create the next hype. 

Respawn’s Art Director will be Matt Codd (Saving Private Ryan, Cowboys and Aliens) and already there has been an audio recording session on the Piru Rifle Range. So far, this is ALL we know about Respawn Entertainment's debut title....

Sloppy Activision gets mocked on modernwarfare3.com

Game Industry News

by Vrandas

Activision, making millions with their video games, forgot to secure the domain names for their future CoD titles.

Guess what happened..... For just a few dollars someone else simply "bought" the modernwarfare3.com domain. So recently Activision's sloppy marketing department got unpleasantly surprised when they noticed that the modernwarfare3.com domain was re-directing visitors to EA’s Battlefield.com.  

And what do you do when you are a multi million dollar company?  The biggest gaming company in the world has now filed a domain name dispute with the National Arbitration Forum. This official complaint costs Activision $2,600 USD, just to file for a three-member panel (plus, off course, the costs of the legal advisers Activision had to hire... again.) The 11-page legal document, includes among other things, reasons by Activision as to why the respondent has no right or legitimate interest to the name.

Activision states, “It appears that the Respondent supports the game Battlefield from the game developer Electronic Arts (“EA”).  EA is one of Complainant’s principal competitors in the video game industry, and Battlefield game competes in the marketplace with Complainant’s MODERN WARFARE games and its other military-themed shooter games in the CALL OF DUTY series.

But when you forgot (or didn't want to) to buy all relevant MW3 domain-names for no more than $100 USD, don't blame others that they got "your" modernwarfare3 domain.

So we say: “Grow up. And buy the domain back with an offer no one can refuse.

Because Activision now acts like a sore loser and in gaming ALL whining losers get mocked.....

 

 The video now showing on the modernwarfare3.com domain

West and Zampella have a case against Activision

Game Industry News

A judge decided that Jason West and Vince Zampella, the co-founders of Infinity Ward, have a case against their former employer, Activision.

Infinity Ward - Activision schmeißt Jason West und Vince Zampella raus!  Jason West                    Zampella Vince Zampella

When this case does go to court it will be several more months before this happens. But when they win.... they become co-owners of the Modern Warfare franchise and have the ability to make new games within the series.  Plus they can also claim their piece of the CoD: Modern Warfare 3 earnings.

The entire situation has been a complete mess; with both sides throwing out allegations at one another. Activision's "reasons" for firing West and Zampella was that the duo were in "breach of contract" and "insubordinate".

The two Infinity Ward co-founders claimed that the Game Publisher Activision committed "breach of contract" along with other various accusations. Later on West and Zampella also added "fraud allegations" on top of the "breach of contract" suit; because they got fired just before they were supposed to be paid a large amount of royalties from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 sales.

Against Activision's case is, after West and Zampella were fired, that also the majority of ALL Infinity Ward employees quitted their jobs and they started their own lawsuit against Activision. This group is suing Activision for $125 million.

When the West and Zampella case goes to court, then Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision, will be brought in for questioning......

 

Update :  Zampella and West vs Activision trial date on May 7, 2012.

More : Activision fired West & Zampella and Infinity Ward lost ALL their Lead CoD Designers.

Activision official announcement CoD Elite

Game Industry News

Activision Elite

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's most passionate online gaming community can now connect, compete and improve their Call of Duty® multiplayer experience through Activision's (Nasdaq: ATVI) innovative new online service, Call of Duty Elite.  

Developed from the ground up by Activision.......

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