The showdown between next fall’s biggest first-person shooters escalated at E3 this week, with EA’s and Activision Blizzard’s top brass exchanging some vitriol. Bobby Kotick, Activision Blizzard’s CEO first went on CNBC on Monday claiming that EA’s “Battlefield 3″ was just a PC title with only a ”small audience.” In response, EA’s CEO, John Riccitiello, told Reuters that Kotick was spreading misinformation about “Battlefield 3″ and that contrary to what Kotick said, it would be widely available on consoles.
Here’s what both CEOs told me:
BOBBY KOTICK, CEO, ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
“We just want to stay true to the interest of the Call of Duty fans and we try to not get distracted by what people are doing. I can’t objectively tell you what I think of other products until I see them. Battlefield I’ve only seen on a PC and nobody’s seen it on a console yet. Most of our consumers play games on a console. Until I see it on a console, I wouldn’t be objective on commenting on it.”
Nintendo just announced the successor to the Wii at the annual U.S. video game confab, E3 on Tuesday.
Here’s what we know so far:
The new console is the first Nintendo device to support HD graphics. Its controller features a 6.2-inch touch-screen that works as a second display showing the same images being played on TV. The screen can also provide gamers with additional information to give them an edge over competitors. It can run old Nintendo games, has motion-sensor capabilities and can be used in conjunction with Wii controllers, the company said. Additional hands not included!
At E3, the huge video game trade show that kicks off in LA on Tuesday, the main attention usually falls on first-person shooter titles aimed at teens or young male gamers. Games targeted at children can easily get lost under the bright lights.
Activision Blizzard, known for “Call of Duty” and ”World of Warcraft” is trying to change this by backing its new kids game, “Skylanders” with a hefty marketing push at E3.
It might be a few days before a stampede of people will storm into the LA convention center to catch the video game industry’s latest wares but EA wasted no time in getting out the word about its new digital download service, dubbed “Origin.”
“Origin”, which EA announced on Friday, lets consumers buy and download PC games directly from the publisher online, as well as track all of their games across different platforms.
So-Net, the Internet service provider unit of Japan’s Sony, alerted customers an intruder broke into its system and stole virtual points worth $1,225 from account holders.
NEW YORK, May 19 (Reuters) – Intuit Inc’s (INTU.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
quarterly profit beat Wall Street estimates and its sales rose
15 percent, as more consumers used its TurboxTax software to
file returns this year.
However, Intuit shares fell 3 percent in after-hours trade
because the TurboTax business, its main revenue generator, grew
only 13 percent, less than some Wall Street forecasts.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – GameStop Corp’s (GME.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) second-quarter earnings outlook fell short of expectations due to weaker sales of consoles and games, sending shares falling 5 percent on Thursday.
The soft outlook overshadowed the company’s stronger-than- expected first-quarter earnings.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sony Corp has shut down a website set up to help millions of users affected by April’s massive data breach after finding a “security hole”.
The site had been designed to help 77 million users of its PlayStation Network reset their passwords after finding the security weakness.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sony Corp’s CEO was unapologetic about the company’s delay in informing owners of more than 100 million accounts of its networked services whose information was stolen by hackers last month.
In a stark departure from the remorseful tone struck just two weeks ago, when senior executives including heir apparent Kazuo Hirai bowed in apology in Tokyo, Sony Chief Executive Howard Stringer fired back at critics who say the company was too slow to notify consumers once the attack was known.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Corning Inc’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass for smartphones and tablets may soon find their way into cars now that the company is looking to expand into new markets.
Corning is on the prowl for fresh growth areas because demand for LCD panels, its main business, has slowed as consumers resist buying new flat-screen televisions. Existing players are cutting prices to compete in a weakening market.