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Full name: Activision, Inc
Established: 1979

Activsion is an American video game developer and publisher. Most of the company is now owned by Vivendi SA. Activision was founded on the 1st of October, 1979 and it was the first independent developer and distributor of video games for gaming consoles.

Activision’s first games, Dragster, Boxing, Fishing Derby, and Checkers hit the shelves in 1980. These products were cartridges for the Atari 2600 console.

In 1981, David Crane's Freeway, Larry Kaplan's Kaboom!, Bob Whitehead's Stampede and Alan Miller's Ice Hockey .
In 1982, Activision released Starmaster and Barnstorming

The Crash
With Activision being one of the best, there was a lot of 'copy-cat' companies, companies that would produce low-quality games for a lower price than Activison. 1983 Failing to sell their low-quality games, the companies were picked off and shut down, leaving warehouses full of games. And retailers bought these games for $3 each, selling to shops at $4 each, with a retail price of $5. This happened right before Christmas of 1983, so as Activision released their high-quality $40 games, sales of top quality games fell to almost zero.

Getting Through the Crash
Activision began to focus on creating PC games. 1984 saw the release of Crane’s well-regarded movie game Ghostbusters as well as his Pitfall II: Lost Caverns. The latter was published across a variety of platforms including the VCS, Commodore 64, Apple, and Atari's 8-bit computers.

Unfortunately, the video game market continued to decline and Activision’s stock plummeted. With nowhere to go, Alan Miller and Bob Whitehead left the company to form Accolade.

In 1988, Activision changed its name to Mediagenic. The CEO was Bruce Davis. The company established itself as a producer of business software by publishing Danny Goodman's Focal Point and Business Class as well as Paintworks and Reports. However, Mediagenic continued to release games under the Activision brand names. In 1989, it published a CD-ROM version of The Manhole – one of the first games available for PC CD drives.

Death of Mediagenic

The BHK Corporation acquired Mediagenic, with Robert Kotick replacing Bruce Davis as the CEO. The company was completely restructured, and the company re-branded itself as Activision in 1992. The headquarters were moved to Los Angeles.

Back on its Feet

With its focus completely on games, Activision got back on its feet in 1994 with the game Return to Zork. Over the next ten years, Activison published a string of titles like Mechwarrior 2. Quake II, Interstate '76, Spycraft: The Great Game, Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Tony Hawk Pro Skater

With the coming of the new century, Activison managed to restore itself, creating franchises like Call of Duty, Doom 3, Guitar Hero[/i] and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.

On the 2nd of December, 2007, it was announced that Activision would be acquired by Vivendi, with Vivendi contributing to its gaming division and supplying cash, in exchange for a majority stake in the company. The merge took place on the 9th of July, 2008, the newly formed company is known as Activision Blizzard. Activision still exists as a subsidiary owned by Activision Blizzard.

On the 19th of June, 2009, Activision stated the company was considering dropping development support for Sony's Playstation 3. Because “The PlayStation 3 is losing a bit of momentum and they [Sony] don't make it easy for us [Activison] to support the platform. It's expensive to develop for the console, and the Wii and the Xbox are just selling better.” This statement aligns with the company's statements made last year, which asked for price cuts for all major seventh generation home consoles by 2009.

Software Highlights from Credited Titles

Activision's first work that SPOnG is aware of is the 1981 title, "Dragster" (Atari 2600/VCS).

The company has been involved titles released on the PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, 3DS/2DS, PSVita, Wii U, Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, DS/DSi, iPad, iPhone, Android, PS2, Power Mac, PSP, Xbox, GameCube, GBA, N-Gage, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast, N64, Nuon, Game Boy, Saturn, Jaguar, Sega Megadrive, SNES, Amiga, Amiga AGA, ST, Sega Master System, NES, C64, Spectrum 48K, Sinclair Spectrum 128K, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 7800, Atari 5200, Atari 400/800/XL/XE, Atari 2600/VCS, Intellivision and Colecovision. Of these, "Kung Fu Panda" (Xbox 360), "Spider-Man" (PlayStation), "Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro" (PlayStation), "Tony Hawk's Skateboarding" (PlayStation), "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" (PS3) has been a best selling title.

The company's most recent involvement was on the 2019 release "Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare" (Xbox One).

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Activision Unveils Epic Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies ‘Shadows of Evil' Co-op Mode at San Diego Comic-Con

New All-Star Zombies Cast Features Jeff Goldblum, Heather Graham, Neal McDonough, Ron Perlman and Robert Picardo

09 Jul 2015


Fans get chance to play new Tony Hawk PS5 ahead of launch on Birdhouse Tour

09 Jul 2015

Activision, Bungie and Red Bull Partner to Deliver an Epic Quest for Destiny Players

In-Game Adventure and Rewards Available on Custom-Designed Destiny Red Bull Cans

24 Jun 2015


Sequel to the Most Played Series in Call of Duty History Arrives on Xbox One, PlayStation® 4 system and PC Friday, 6th November

27 Apr 2015


32 Professional Teams From Around the Globe Compete for $1 Million Playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

27 Mar 2015

Europe’s Best Call of Duty® Players Head to London for the Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare European Championships

Teams from across Europe will battle it out for a place in LA and a shot at the $1million prize

10 Feb 2015

Activision and Xbox Partner to Bring Landmark Call of Duty(R) eSports Competition to the Masses with the Call of Duty(R) Championship, Presented by Xbox Tournament

Players to Compete for $1 Million Purse in Worldwide Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Tournament Taking Place in Hollywood, CA April 5-7

01 Feb 2013

Call of Duty(R): Black Ops II Pushes the Boundaries of the Call of Duty(R) Franchise

Near Future Setting, Branching Storylines, Advanced Weaponry and New Graphics Technology Combine to Deliver the Most Ambitious Call of Duty to Date THE FUTURE IS BLACK™ on November 13, 2012

03 May 2012

Activision Publishing's Little League World Series Baseball 210 now available for Playstation 3 System and Xbox 360

Activision publish Little Leage world series baseball 2010, for PS3 and XB360

15 Jul 2010

Dominate The Pro Bass Tour with Activision Publishing’s Rapala Pro Bass Fishing

Experience pro tournament fishing action like never before!

15 Jul 2010

Catalyst Outsourcing delivers ‘Blur’ art assets

Liverpool-based production services company announces collaboration on Activision title.

12 Jul 2010

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Resurgence Pack

Availability for Playstation 3 System and Windows PC

06 Jul 2010

Activision publishing and Nelvana Enterprises going big with the Fall release of Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Defenders of the Core

For the First Time Control Towering Bakugan, Completely Customizable With Devastating Attacks

09 Jun 2010

New Level For Star Wars: Tfu For Playstation 3 Available For Download Now

A new single-player level for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is available for download now for PlayStation 3 owners through the PlayStation Network.

19 Feb 2010

Dj Herotm Scouts For Up and Coming Musical Talent At Midem 2010

DJ Hero Offers Budding Musicians the Chance to Have One of Their Tracks Mixed and Appear in a Future Version of the Popular Music Videogame

15 Jan 2010

Guitar Hero World Tour’s Downloadable Content Set List Continues To Expand with New Track Packs in February

Incubus, Wings, Bob Seger, The Shins and Ryan Adams To Bolster The Roster

27 Jan 2009

Metallica Brings Death Magnetic To Guitar Hero® III: Legends Of Rock This Friday To Make Music and Video Gaming History

Guitar Hero® to Feature Two Exclusive Versions of "Suicide and Redemption" / Downloadable Death Magnetic

11 Sep 2008

Activision Set to Acquire Video Game Publisher RedOctane and Its Highly Popular Guitar Hero Franchise

Activision Establishes Leadership Position in Music-Based Gaming

09 May 2006

Activision acquires Luxoflux

Activision buys Luxoflux, developer of Vigilante 8 series and True Crimes: Streets of LA

08 Mar 2004

Activision acquires Infocom

Leading adventure game developer Infocom, famed for Zork series, is acquired by Activision.

08 Mar 2004

Activision announces acquisition of Z-Axis

Leading Action Sports Console Developer Further Strengthens Activision’s Market Position

08 Mar 2004

Activision acquires Shaba Games

Acquisition enhances company’s ability to create games for next generation consoles.

08 Mar 2004

Activision acquires Spider-Man license

Activision acquires exclusive worldwide interactive entertainment rights to columbia picture's multi-million dollar feature film "Spider-Man"

08 Mar 2004

Activision Acquires Infinity Ward

Developer of critically acclaimed PC game Call of Duty

30 Oct 2003

Activision acquires Treyarch

Activision takes control of software developer Treyarch Invention LLC.

28 Dec 2001

Activision acquires Elsinor

Activision buys low budget software company Elsinor, makers of best-selling value-priced Cabela's Big Game Hunting series.

28 Dec 1999

Neversoft acquired by Activision

Activision acquires Neversoft Entertainment, developer of the Tony Hawk's series and the first MDK title.

28 Dec 1999

Mediagenic reverts back to Activision

All sing hosanna!

28 Dec 1992

Activision renamed to Mediagenic

What were they thinking?

28 Dec 1988

Activision issues shares, goes public

Activision completes its initial public offering, becoming a leading international developer/publisher of video games for console systems.

28 Dec 1983

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