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Type: Corporation
Industry: Entertainment, Video games

October 1, 1979


Santa Monica, California, US

Slogan :  Fresh, New Fun and Excitement, Always

Activision Inc. is an American video game developer and publisher. It was founded in 1979 as the first independent developer and distributor of video games for gaming consoles.

Activision is now one of the largest third party video game publishers in the world and was the top United States publisher in 2016.



In 1979 former Atari developers made the decision to leave the company and start their own business, creating their own independent game development company in a time when the concept of third-party developers did not exist. The company was initially named "Computer Arts, Inc." but was soon changed to Activision (combining "active" and "television").

Their knowledge of game console software, helped them make their own distinctive games but the breakout title was 1982's Pitfall! In 1983, with the video game market crash, the company focused on developing for home computer games and, in 1988 began involvement in software besides video games.

Interested in the value of the video game industry following the crash, the businessman Bobby Kotick was drawn to buy out Activision, given its past successes with Pitfall!, with hopes to restore its former glory. Kotick recognized that Activision still had valuable assets, which included distribution network, and licenses to develop on Nintendo and Sega home consoles.

With several successfully-developed games helping to turn a profit, Activision started seeking acquisitions of video game development studios. It is estimated that between 1997 and 2008, Activision made 25 acquisitions. In 2007, Activision merges with Vivendi Games (owning Blizzard Entertainment) creating the Activision Blizzard Subsidiary.

Bloody Roar[]

Activision was the publisher for Bloody Roar 3 (in North America) and for Bloody Roar: Primal Fury (in North America and Europe). Before, the North American publisher for the games was Sony Computer Entertainment but also Virgin Interactive for the European market.

After Hudson Soft merged with Konami, Konami owned all the international publishing rights becoming the only Bloody Roar series publisher.

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