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Federal judge rules in favor of Activision Blizzard in lawsuit over usage of Humvees in Call of Duty

AM General, makers and owners of the Humvee vehicle, filed a lawsuit back in 2017 against Activision Blizzard for using their vehicles in their games without providing compensation for using it.

The original lawsuit filed by AM General claimed Activision Blizzard was profiting off of their property without providing compensation for such usage. The company was seeking millions in lost profit thanks to Activision’s usage of the vehicle. In 2019, Activision Blizzard responded to the lawsuit claiming that it was bogus and using military vehicles is protected under the First Amendment.

On Wednesday, April 1, a federal judge haas ruled in favor of Activision Blizzard in this case stating that the usage of humvee vehicles in Call of Duty is protected by an artists’ right to realistically depict warfare in their titles and is therefore protected by the First Amendment. Federal judge said Activision Blizzard cannot be sued for doing this.

“If realism is an artistic goal, then the presence in modern warfare games of vehicles employed by actual militaries undoubtedly furthers that goal,” U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels said in his motion to dismiss. “The inclusions of Humvees in the foreground or background of various scenes … are integral elements of a video game because they communicate ideas through features distinctive to the medium.”

Federal Judge Daniels said AM General’s lawsuit failed to meet the threshold of suing a company over artistic usage of their trademark in a video game

“Defendants’ uses of Humvees in ‘Call of Duty’ games have artistic relevance. Featuring actual vehicles used by military operations around the world in video games about simulated modern warfare surely evokes a sense of realism and lifelikeness. Proceeding to the second prong of the Rogers test, defendants’ uses of Humvees in the ‘Call of Duty’ games are not explicitly misleading,” the judge said.

SOURCE: Law360

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Michael Condrey claims Activision dictates matchmaking systems in Call of Duty games

Michael Condrey has chimed on the debate regarding skill based matchmaking in Call of Duty games, amongst other topics.

A user tweeted at Condrey linking our article on Nadeshot’s comments regarding why SBMM is used in Call of Duty games, and there’s no ranked play.

Twitter user said to ‘ask @MichaelCondrey’ why SBMM is terrible when he had it in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in 2014, which sparked a major debate in the Call of Duty community on matchmaking during those days. SHGames went as far as to comment on it by saying their games are ping focused first, but data showed SBMM was strong.

In a reply to the comment, Condrey says “Ask ATVI. Never directed into COD from me,” claiming the entire matchmaking system is handled by the Activision production team. He also said microtransactions, dedicated server coverage, and all are handled by Activision only.

He says that devs have “frustratingly little influence on those decisions” and that they could not control the changes despite COD community feedback on those issues.

Skill based matchmaking has been a big topic of conversation in Call of Duty community this year with Modern Warfare, as many users believe the game has higher SBMM compared to previous Call of Duty titles.

Condrey left Sledgehammer Games 2018 and has since started a new studio for 2K Games in Silicon Valley.

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Activision Blizzard names Helaine Klasky new Chief Communications Officer

Activision Blizzard Inc has announced Helaine S. Klasky, former GE executive and Chief Communications of SoundExchange, as the company’s new Chief Communications Officer effective immediately.

Klasky replaces Kristin Binns, who was previously a Twitter executive that became the Chief Communications Officer at Activision for 2.5 years now.

Klasky worked as the Chief Communications Officer of SoundExpand, a non-profit collection rights organization. Prior to that, Klasky was head of communications and public affairs at GE team and has worked at Yale and the US Department of Treasury in her career.

“Activision Blizzard is one of the most forward-thinking, creative brands across the media and entertainment landscape,” Klasky said Monday in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Alongside Bobby and his team, I’m looking forward to building the next chapter of their remarkable story.”

“I’m thrilled to welcome Helaine to the team,” said Kotick. “With more than 25 years in strategic communications and public affairs, her experience will be invaluable to our organization. She’s the right person to help us tell the next chapter of the Activision Blizzard story.”

This is the second new Activision Blizzard executive to be announced this month, with Daniel Alegre being named the company’s new Chief Operating Officer.

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Activision Blizzard announces Google executive Daniel Alegre as new President and COO

Activision Blizzard today announced the appointment of a new President and Chief Operating Officer for the company, Daniel Alegre, who will begin in April.

Alegre has been working as the head of retail and sales for Google for the last several years and has expanded Google’s reach to new markets during his time at the company. Alegre joins Activision Blizzard as the President and COO, replacing Coddy Johnson who served in that role for 12 years. Johnson will become a Special Advisor to the CEO.

Here’s Activision Blizzard’s announcement:

Alegre brings decades of global experience in entertainment and technology and a consistent record of driving revenue growth at Google. In his new role, Alegre will oversee the Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, and King Digital Entertainment businesses, reporting directly to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick.

“I was deeply impressed by Daniel’s entrepreneurial drive and broad and deep experience in driving global growth across a variety of businesses in a rapidly changing industry,” said Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard. “Our greatest challenges are prioritizing the many opportunities we have and recruiting and retaining the talent needed to execute with focus and excellence. Daniel is a proven leader with a long track record of success doing both.”

Activision Blizzard is at an exciting point in its history,” said Alegre. “In addition to a deep library of owned and internationally beloved franchises, the company has tremendous talent that has built a culture committed to inspiration and creativity. More importantly, through thoughtful and creative games, it connects and engages over 400 million people around the world through epic entertainment. I look forward to helping players around the world connect through quality and immersive games.”

Most recently at Google, Alegre was President of Global Retail and Shopping, where he led initiatives to embed ecommerce across all Google product areas and helped diversify beyond advertising into the retail transactions business. Prior to that, he was President of the company’s Global and Strategic Partnerships function, working across all of Google’s core business lines to create and foster key strategic relationships and revenue acceleration with partners around the world. Alegre also ran Google’s Asia Pacific and Japan businesses as President based in Singapore and Tokyo where he opened the first operations in China, Southeast Asia and India, and expanded the footprint in Japan, Australia and Korea. Previously, he opened and ran the Latin American business for Google as company Vice President.

Upon Alegre’s arrival, the company’s current President and COO, Coddy Johnson, will continue as a Special Advisor to the CEO. Kotick continued, “During Coddy’s combined twelve years at Activision Blizzard, he has made extraordinary contributions to the continued success of the company. He has been a transformative leader, a trusted advisor, and an inspiration through his unwavering hard work and determination. We are incredibly thankful for the lasting impact Coddy has had on the Company and I am especially grateful for the impact he has had on me personally.”

Source: Activision PR

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Call of Duty launches dedicated servers in the Middle East

Activision Publishing has announced that the company has launched dedicated servers for Call of Duty in the Middle East region to provide better connection to servers for those who play in Middle East and Africa.

The news comes as Middle East fans have been asking for regional server support for a long time with their games having incredibly high pings. Activision partnered with STC to bring servers in Riyadh and Jeddah.

Here’s the translated announcement from the Activision Blog post:

We are pleased to announce officially the availability of Call of Duty® servers for the Middle East.

Because we always strive to provide players in the Middle East with an excellent performance for the Call of Duty multiplayer experience, we cooperated with STC to host the Call of Duty cloud data centers in both Riyadh and Jeddah to benefit multiple countries throughout the Middle East and Africa.

The data centers will host Call of Duty players across different modes over the Internet, as well as players across different devices like Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC, all connected to one server.

Having started the testing phase for servers in the Middle East with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and more recently with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare® across different modes and different devices, we are now confident of taking our experience to a whole new level, and our goal is to set high standards For online multiplayer action games and to celebrate our community in the Middle East with their amazing contribution to supporting the Call of Duty series.

We are also excited to announce the support of dedicated servers, the new addition to the Call of Duty: Warzone series.

For Call of Duty fans in the Middle East, Activision also has a regional Twitter account: @CallofDutyARA.

SOURCE: Activision

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E3 2020 has been canceled

Update: The ESA has announced that E3 has officially been canceled. Here’s their statement, first reported by GameSpot:

“After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry–our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners–we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles.”

“Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters. But we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.”

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E3 2020 has officially been canceled, according to multiple reports from game developers and Bloomberg News. Bloomberg News reports that The ESA, the organizers behind E3, will officially announce the news at 9:30AM PT on March 11.

The cancelation comes due to the fast spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) that is resulting in more and more cases every single day in the US and around the world.

E3 usually is packed with thousands of members each day at the LA Convention Center, which would pose a possible threat for the spread of the virus.

The news comes as many events have been canceled over the past few weeks, including big esports events like League of Legends MSI, Apex Major, and has impacted sporting events and other gaming conventions like the GDC.

With E3 canceled, there’s probably going to be online/digital press conferences from publishers and companies to share their latest gaming news to fans. 2020 is still a big year for gaming with the expected launch of PS5 and Xbox Series X this holiday, although the coronavirus could affect those plans.

Activision has been to many E3s over the years with large booths, but have opted out of E3 some years including in 2016 and 2019.

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Jason Blundell has left Treyarch

Treyarch has announced that Jason Blundell has left Treyarch in a statement posted on Twitter.

He said that he decided to move on from the studio recently as the company moves forward to build Call of Duty 2020.

“After thirteen fantastic, action-packed years, I am moving on from Treyarch,” Blundell says in a statement on Twitter. “The team at Treyarch has been nothing short of awesome – thank you! And thank you to the fans for giving me the opportunity to bring life to the undead in so many wonderful ways, the honor has been all mine!”

Here is Blundell’s full statement:

After thirteen fantastic, action-packed years, I am moving on from Treyarch. During my time at the studio, I’ve been privileged to work on a variety of projects, wearing many hats along the way, with my time on the Zombies team proving to be quite special. It’s a team comprised of some of the most creative and talented developers in the industry, many of whom you never see because they’re behind the scenes shaping the direction of each experience.

Clearly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t personally thank the group that continues to make it all worth it: the Zombies community! Your passion, enthusiasm — and frankly, your craziness — has been a continued source of inspiration. The beauty of Zombies is that it has always been about the interaction between us as developers and one of the most passionate player communities on the planet. These are memories I will cherish for a lifetime.

The team at Treyarch has been nothing short of awesome — thank you! And thank you to the fans for giving me the opportunity to bring life to the undead in so many wonderful ways, the honor has been all mine!


He has not stated what he will be doing next, and the statement also does not hint at what’s happening with Zombies at the studio.

Treyarch is reportedly at the lead of the 2020 Call of Duty game with Sledgehammer Games, but details on the title has not been announced. It’s not clear if the game will have Zombies mode or not.

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Activision files DMCA subpoena against Reddit to identify Warzone leaker

Activision Publishing has filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act subpoena against Reddit Inc this week to get the identity behind a Reddit user. The subpoena was filed in California court on February 14.

Reddit user Assyrian2410 posted on r/ModernWarfare last week a post titled “I found this image online, not sure what it is.” The post showcased what appeared to be an artwork for “Call of Duty: Warzone.” The user quickly deleted their post from Reddit and deleted their account, but the image spread around the internet.

Per THR, Activision is looking to identify who is the leaker behind the Assyrian2410 account to identify how the image was leaked.

“Reddit is the service provider to which the subject of the subpoena-Reddit user ‘Assyrian2410’ – posted infringing Activision content. The Content infringes Activision’s exclusive rights under copyright law. Specifically, it infringes Activision’s rights in its popular video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Activision is seeking the information from Reddit to then pursue legal action against Assyrian2410 for posting the image online.

At the time of this writing, Activision has yet to even announce Call of Duty Warzone officially yet. All information has just been leaks via sources and in-game files. There still is no confirmed release time table for this mode.

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Report: Call of Duty Movie is no longer a priority for Activision

According to the Stefano Sollima, who was set to be the director of the Call of Duty Movie, Activision no longer sees the movie as a priority for their business in the current moment.

Activision Blizzard announced in November 2015 that they were creating the Activision Blizzard Studios to build and create original films and TV shows around own IP projects.

The only project to see the light of day from the studios was Skylanders Netflix TV show, which has now ended after three seasons with no signs of it coming back.

In a podcast, Sollima said the movie is no longer a priority for Activision Blizzard. He says it’s currently in limbo right now and that it’s on hold.

He says the writer of the Joker movie, Scott Silver, wrote a script for the movie.

Well, the Call of Duty film has remained a bit like this … We wrote the script with Scott Silver, which is what Joker wrote, and let’s say that the idea of ​​expanding the universe, the world of Call of Duty, is cinematographic it is no longer (at the moment) an industrial priority of the group, of Activision … So, trivially, it has stood still, something that happens quite frequently there in America. He remained in the limbo of the “now let’s see” …

The news comes from Italy site BadTaste in an interview with director Sollima.

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The Gaming Revo Twitter account suspended

Following numerous leaks and videos posted by TheGamingRevolution on Twitter this last week on the upcoming Call of Duty: Warzone Battle Royale mode for Modern Warfare, Twitter has suspended his Twitter account.

The suspension is most likely done through Activision legal requesting his account be taken down for leaking unreleased materials and IP owned by Activision.

TGR has been known to leak many details on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare over the last year — many real details, and a lot of fake info too. He claims his sources are within QA testers alongside other places, but it’s not clear exactly.

This week, he posted a YT video of “leaked” gameplay of Warzone training mode, which was quickly removed by Activision. He also posted audio files and more from the mode.

There still is no indication as to when the new Warzone mode will become available. Some rumors are floating around, but many are not accurate.

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