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Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, a report claims Major League Gaming is selling the majority of its assets to Activision Blizzard; Valve reveals 34,000 account details were on view for Steam's brief holiday issues; and MacGamer HQ publishes its list of the best Mac games of the last year.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. Today's edition is covering all of the major announcements made during BlizzCon 2015, including expansion news for World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, preorders for Overwatch commencing, and Activision Blizzard's creation of a film and TV studio.
Activision Blizzard has unexpectedly announced it has purchased the studio behind major mobile titles, including the Candy Crush franchise and Bubble Witch Saga. The purchase of the British-based King Digital Entertainment will cost Activision $5.9 billion, the $18 per share purchase price representing a 20-percent premium over the developer's closing share price on October 30, but will ultimately help boost its mobile gaming efforts.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Activision Blizzard starts taking the business of eSports seriously, the people behind Payday 2 attempt to appease revolting players, and Harmonix employees have been caught giving positive reviews to Rock Band 4 on Amazon, a game the company itself produced.
Activision Blizzard's $500 million bet on former Halo developer Bungie appears to be paying off after the first day. The company's Destiny launched this Tuesday, bringing in more than $500 million in sales for the Activision-published game. The sales figure that Activision claims makes the game "the biggest new video game franchise launch in history."
It appears that Blizzard Entertainment realizes what the numbers have been saying for years. A designer for World of Warcraft recently admitted that the company is no longer expecting growth in its player base. Player subscriptions have been in decline for the game since it peaked at 12 million in 2010, with only a small rise in 2012 with the release of the Mists of Pandaria expansion.
A gaming studio that once vanished through a series of mergers appears to be undergoing some sort of comeback, as indicated by an update to its website. Sierra Entertainment, a gaming developer and publisher that dates back to the late 1970s, appears to be witnessing a sort of revival. After a silence of nearly six years since the publisher was shut down after coming into possession of Activision Blizzard, a new announcement appears to be coming at Gamescom later this month.
Reuters reports that Activision Blizzard will drop a total of $500 million on the development of Bungie's upcoming game Destiny. The investment makes the game the most expensive video game production to date, surpassing previous cost leaders such as Grand Theft Auto V and Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick announced the record-setting investment at the Milken Institute conference in Los Angeles at the end of April.
The Delaware Chancery court has issued a ruling on a lawsuit, putting the pending sale of Vivendi's portion of Activision Blizzard back to its founders on hold. Activision is seeking to buy back 429 million shares of itself from Vivendi for $5.83 billion, with chief executive Bobby Kotick and chairman Brian Kelley will each purchase about 172 million shares of Activision stock.
Videogame developer and publisher Activision Blizzard announced yesterday that is has reached an agreement for a total of $8.17 billion with French media conglomerate Vivendi, effectively buying itself out of its partnership. Activision Blizzard is contributing $5.83 billion at $13.60 per share, with Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and Co-Chairman Brian Kelley purchasing 172 million company shares for $2.34 billion. Following the completion of the transaction, Activision Blizzard will be an independent company again, with the majority of its shares owned by the public.
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Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF