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Diablo II: Resurrected’s technical alpha showcases a faithful remaster of an aging classic

In an improvement over Blizzard's last remaster, the Diablo II: Resurrected technical alpha works a treat for franchise fans.
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'Being Asian here is terrifying:' A Korean pro gamer describes the 'unspeakable' racism his team encounters every day in the US

Fans at the Overwatch League Grand Finals. Walt Hickey/Business Insider A Korean professional gamer in Dallas said he and his teammates encounter racism every day. Lee Eui-Seok, who plays under the name "Fearless," spoke on Twitch about his time in Dallas. "Being Asian here is terrifying," Lee said. "People keep trying to pick fights with us." See more stories on Insider's business page. A Korean professional gamer based in Dallas, Texas, said he and his teammates experience "unspeakab...
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Millions of Facebook users' data was leaked

Hi and welcome to Insider Advertising for April 5. I'm senior advertising reporter Lauren Johnson, and here's what's going on:Millions of Facebook users' data leaked.What happened to Adobe's ad business.Fernando Machado moves to Activision.If this email was forwarded to you, sign up here for your daily insider's guide to advertising and media.Tips, comments, suggestions? Drop me a line at [email protected] or on Twitter at @LaurenJohnson. Facebook set to soar th...
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Blizzard Lays Off About 190 Employees

Activision Blizzard is said to have laid off around 190 of their employees, about 2% of the company’s overall workers and serving as part of the company’s intent on reshuffling their plans with esports. About 50 of the employees were part of Blizzard’s esports division, perhaps indicating either a decline in esports success or Blizzard […]
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Activision Blizzard Lays Off 50 Esports Employees as In-Person Live Events Remain Stalled

Activision Blizzard is pink-slipping about 50 staffers in its esports group, which runs the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League and other tournaments. The company cited the shift away from live in-person events for the layoffs during COVID-19. As of Dec. 31, 2020, Activision Blizzard had about 9,500 employees, of which 65% were based in […]
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Music Industry Moves: Maestro Raises Another $15 Million, Venice Staffs Up, Somin Joins Oriel

Maestro, the interactive live streaming platform that hosted Billie Eilish’s excellent “Where Do We Go?” concert last fall, has raised a $15 million Series B. New investors include NetEase, Sony Music Entertainment, and Acronym Venture Capital, alongside Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin and Moonwell Capital, founded by former Activision Blizzard executives Michael and Amy Morhaime. This […]
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Court docs reveal Saudi wealth fund courted by Hollywood and Wall Street owned planes used in Jamal Khashoggi's killing

A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at a protest outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, October 8, 2018. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, an enormous sovereign wealth fund, has major investments in many prominent US companies. Court documents show that the fund also owns planes that were used to carry out the killing of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Visit the Business section of Insider for mor...
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Activision Blizzard Hires Bush-Era Torture Apologist As Chief Compliance Officer

Activision Blizzard announced yesterday that Frances F. Townsend, a former George W. Bush-era counterterrorism appointee and torture apologist, would become its new head of compliance, in charge of making sure the company doesn’t run afoul of the varying laws and regulations throughout all of the countries the Call of…Read more...
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Maestro nets $15 million for its interactive commerce, community and engagement tools for livestreams

Making money on livestreams has never been easier thanks to a suite of tools from the Los Angeles-based startup Maestro, which just nabbed $15 million in financing to grow its business. As video commerce becomes the norm and entertainers, brands, businesses, and franchises of all sizes and stripes look to cut out the middle man, the array of services on offer from Maestro may be the scissors these entities need to cut the cord. The company has already worked with names as diverse as the Golden S...
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CEOs like Google's Sundar Pichai and Microsoft's Satya Nadella are among the most overpaid CEOs, according to a new report

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a developers conference. REUTERS/Stephen Lam As You Sow has released its seventh annual report detailing the 100 most overpaid CEOs. The top 30 CEOs on the list includes Alphabet's Sundar Pichai and Microsoft's Satya Nadella. Nine companies have made the list every year, including Walt Disney, Goldman Sachs, and IBM. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. CEOs like Alphabet's Sundar Pichai and Microsoft's Satya Nadella are among the t...
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Diablo 4 should resurrect the series’ most controversial feature

We used to pay others to boost our RPG characters; now we pay the publisher. So why were we so against paying another player on the Diablo III auction house?
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Diablo Immortal will be a massive success, whether you like it or not

Diablo Immortal was unveiled at the wrong place and at the wrong time. But as history has shown, mobile games are big money, and Blizzard will get its cut.
Tags: Gaming, Trends, Mobile Gaming, Activision Blizzard, Diablo III, Diablo Immortal, Diablo IV

#Saudi sovereign wealth fund boosts U.S. equities exposure to nearly $12.8 billion | Reuters

Saudi sovereign wealth fund boosts U.S. equities exposure to nearly $12.8 billion | Reuters Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has increased its holding of U.S. stocks to nearly $12.8 billion in the fourth quarter from $7 billion in the third quarter, according to a U.S. regulatory filing on Tuesday.The Public Investment Fund (PIF) took new bets in the last quarter, buying a $1.07 billion stake in Electronic Arts Inc and a $1.4 billion stake in Activision Blizzard, according to a Securities an...
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Activision Blizzard spikes 12% as the gaming giant gives strong guidance following a surge in holiday sales

Reuters Activision Blizzard turned in a strong fourth quarter and gave upbeat guidance for Q1 2021. The company posted $2.4 billion in GAAP revenues beating its own estimates by $400 million. First person shooter "Call of Duty" sustained 100 million monthly active players, while online role-playing game "World of Warcraft" increased net bookings by 40%. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Activision Blizzard stock spiked as much as 12% on Friday after...
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Activision Blizzard beats earnings expectations, ‘Call of Duty’ dominates

Activision Blizzard beat analyst expectations in Q4 with players continuing to pile into titles like 'Call of Duty.'
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Twitter names Beverly W. Jackson to newly created global marketing role

Exec hails from Activision Blizzard and will head brand, social and consumer marketing.
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Beverly Jackson to Lead Global Brand and Consumer Marketing at Twitter

Activision Blizzard vice president of franchise communication and social Beverly Jackson will join Twitter Jan. 4 as vp, global brand and consumer marketing. Jackson will report directly to chief marketing officer and head of people Leslie Berland and lead the social network's brand, consumer product marketing, global consumer marketing and social teams. While at Activision...
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Airbnb hires Droga5 as shares surge on IPO, Disney+ debuts movies: Friday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. If you're reading this online or in a forwarded email, here's the link to sign up for our Wake-Up Call newsletters.  Airbnb hires Droga5 Airbnb, whose shares soared yesterday on its first day of public trading, also has a new lead creative agency. Ad Age’s Lindsay Rittenhouse reveals that the vacation rental f...
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Netflix sued by Activision Blizzard for allegedly poaching its former CFO

Activision Blizzard Inc. is suing Netflix Inc. for allegedly poaching its former finance chief and causing competitive harm, citing a...
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Activision Blizzard Suing Netflix Over Poached Exec

For those of you who love corporate beef, here’s a whopper: Activision Blizzard is suing Netflix. As reported by Deadline, Netflix poached a top Activision exec, chief financial officer Spencer Neumann, before his contract expired. In response, Activision filed suit in the Superior Court of California earlier today.Read more...
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Netflix Sued Again for Poaching — This Time by Activision Blizzard

Netflix is the target of yet another employee-poaching lawsuit. In a suit on Friday, Activision Blizzard accused the streamer of showing “contempt” for state employment law when it poached the company’s chief financial officer two years ago. Netflix has been sued twice before — by Fox and Viacom — for allegedly luring away employees who […]
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Two Black former DC Comics editors describe the career obstacles they faced, from white leadership saying they'd never be promoted to their achievements being undercut

DC Comics; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Harvey Richards and Lateef Ade "L.A." Williams, two Black former DC Comics editorial staffers, told Business Insider they felt their careers at the company were hindered because of their race. Richards was fired in December 2019 after 22 years and was the only Black editorial staffer at DC when he left. He was only promoted once.  Williams exited in 2000 after six years without a promotion and after disputes with white members of DC leadership. The...
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Activision Blizzard will surge another 10% as gaming enjoys a permanent demand bump, Deutsche Bank says

Stewart Volland / Call of Duty League The video game industry will see outsized demand over the next year, and Activision Blizzard is well-positioned to benefit, Deutsche Bank said Tuesday.The bank's analysts upgraded Activision Blizzard shares to "buy" from "hold," and their new price target of $90 per share implies a 10% climb over the next 12 months.Video games "are an attractive place to be invested" while consumers wait for a vaccine and the economy slowly rebounds, the team wrote.Wat...
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Pete Vlastelica Exits Post as Overwatch League Commissioner

Activision Blizzard Esports CEO and Overwatch League commissioner Pete Vlastelica will leave his post for a new role within the company following next week’s Overwatch League Grand Finals, the company said in a statement on Thursday. “Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports and Commissioner of the Overwatch League, will transition from his role in […]
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Blizzard Co-Founder Mike Morhaime Launches New Gaming Endeavor Dreamhaven

Mike Morhaime, the cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, has launched a new game company called Dreamhaven, and it has established two new game studios: Moonshot and Secret Door. VentureBeat reports: The Irvine, California-based company is a pretty good clue that Morhaime and his wife Amy Morhaime weren't quite done with games when they left Activision Blizzard in 2018. Mike will be the CEO of Dreamhaven, while Amy will head operations. They have hired a number of (mostly former Blizzard) industr...
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Call of Duty League Commissioner on the Inaugural Season, Champs and the Move to 4v4

Activision Blizzard had big plans for its inaugural season of the Call of Duty League (CDL) in 2020. Those plans focused largely on in-person events, with teams traveling from city to city, where fans could cheer on their favorite franchises from packed arenas. The coronavirus pandemic had other ideas. As lockdown orders spread across the […]
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Zoom’s international revenue accounted for a third of Q2 revenue

Videoconferencing company Zoom’s Q2 revenue quadrupled, with a 355% year-on-year growth. Zoom CEO Eric Yuan said the use cases keep rolling in, and the service has been used for virtual jury trials, virtual property tours, and for providing mental health services. Going forward, Zoom hopes to see accelerating shifts from legacy PBX systems to cloud services like its own. This quarter, the company onboarded ExxonMobil and gaming company Activision Blizzard as enterprise customers. Zoom’s new cust...
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Zoom's stock soars as it reports blockbuster earnings with 355% revenue growth

Zoom CEO Eric Yuan. Reuters/Carlo Allegri Zoom reported 355% revenue growth from a year prior in its second quarter earnings on Monday.Zoom's business has grown tremendously this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent remote work mandates. The second quarter's beat follows Zoom's blockbuster Q1 earnings report in June, when it reported 169% revenue growth from a year prior. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Zoom stock rose roughly 23% after-hours on Monday ...
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'Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War' will bring the series to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X — here's what you should know before you preorder

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Sgt. Frank Woods returns in Activision's "Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War," due out November 13, 2020. "Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War" / Activision "Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War," the latest entry in Activision's bestselling video game franchise, will launch worldwide on November 13.Preorders are available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X, though the PS5 and Se...
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Blizzard workers in Irvine organize on company Slack seeking pay increases

By Jason Schreier |  Bloomberg Hundreds of employees at Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment, the video game developer behind Diablo and Overwatch, are using the company’s Slack network to organize a list of workplace requests, including fair pay and increased sick time. Results of the effort, a rare example of labor organizing in the video game industry, are expected to be presented to management as early as this week, people familiar with the initiative said. A draft version of the list, which ...
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