Profile: Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI.O)
30 Jan 2015
Activision, Inc. (Activision Blizzard), incorporated on February 17, 2014, is a publisher of online, personal computer (PC), console, handheld, and mobile and tablet games. The Company is a developer and publisher of interactive software products and content, with a focus on developing and publishing video games on various consoles. The Company offers games that operate on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, console systems and handheld mobile devices. The Company is a publisher of online subscription-based games in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) category. It also develops and publishes PC and console games and maintains an online-game related service, Battle.net. The Company’s business consists of operations in Europe that provide warehousing, logistical, and sales distribution services to third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software, publishing operations, and manufacturers of interactive entertainment hardware. The Company operates in three segments: Activision Publishing, Inc. (Activision) and its subsidiaries engaged in publishing interactive entertainment software products and downloadable content; Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (Blizzard) and its subsidiaries engaged in publishing real-time strategy, role-playing PC games and online subscription-based games in the multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) category, and Activision Blizzard Distribution, which is engaged in distributing interactive entertainment software and hardware products (Distribution).
The Company’s Activision business involves the development, marketing, and sale of products through retail channels or digital downloads, by license or from the Company’s affiliate label program with certain third-party publishers. Activision also develops products spanning other genres, including first-person action, action or adventure, role-playing, simulation and strategy. The Company’s products are available for sale or rental in thousands of retail outlets in North America. Its North American retail customers include, among others, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Toys R Us and Wal-Mart. In addition to its own products, the Company distributes a number of interactive entertainment products that are developed and marketed by other third-party publishers through its affiliate label programs in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region.
The Blizzard is the development studio and publisher known as the creator of World of Warcraft, as well as Diablo and StarCraft franchises. Blizzard distributes its products through various means, including: subscriptions (which consist of fees from individuals playing World of Warcraft, including sales of prepaid-cards and other value-added service revenues, such as realm transfers, faction changes, and other character customizations within World of Warcraft gameplay); retail sales of physical boxed products; online download sales of PC products, and licensing of software to third-party or related party companies that distribute World of Warcraft and StarCraft II products. It has released three expansion packs to World of Warcraft: World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Blizzard also develops and publishes PC-based computer games and maintains its online-game related service, Battle.net. As of December 31, 2011, approximately 10.2 million gamers worldwide were subscribed to play Blizzard's World of Warcraft. World of Warcraft is available in various languages based on the regions in which it is played.
The Activision Blizzard Distribution business consists of operations in Europe that provide warehousing, logistical, and sales distribution services to third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software, its publishing operations, and manufacturers of interactive entertainment hardware. The Company distributes interactive entertainment hardware and software products in Europe through its European distribution subsidiaries, Centre soft in the United Kingdom and NBG in Germany. These subsidiaries act as wholesalers in the distribution of products and also provide packaging, logistical and sales services. They provide services to the Company’s publishing operations and to various third-party publishers, including Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft.
The Company competes with Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Nintendo Co. Ltd., Apple and Microsoft Corporation.
Activision Blizzard Inc
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