Activision files trademark for The Blast Furnace game, privately acquires domain

Activision Publishing, Inc. filed a trademark application on April 18, 2012, for “The Blast Furnace” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The goods and services in the trademark filing (Serial Number: 85601232) cover "computer game software" and "Entertainment services, namely, … [Read more...]

Activision files trademark for Skylanders Sidekick: First look at new characters

Activision's legal department has filed a trademark application for "Skylanders Sidekick". On April 18, 2012, Activision submitted the filing (Serial Number: 85601600) with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The "Goods and Services" in the application cover, "Games and toys, namely, … [Read more...]

Domain reveals Activision’s secret Bond game called “007: Legends” [UPDATED]

With the James Bond film franchise celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, there is a lot of buzz about the next Bond film Skyfall.  What has remained a mystery, however, is whether Activision will release a new Bond game in 2012.  But given all the hoopla, it makes perfect sense that a new Bond … [Read more...]

Is Activision launching a blog? Game publisher registers ActivisionNews.com

Could Activision be launching its own blog sometime in the near future?  It very well could be according to a recent domain registration by Mary Tuck, Activision's legal counsel.  On March 19, the company registered the domain name ActivisionNews.com (Whois) through the internet brand protection … [Read more...]

SkylandersPatriots.com domain registration by Activision adds to mystery

Almost a week after I first reported that Activision had purchased several "Skylanders Giants" domain names like skylandersgiants.com and skylandersgiantsgame.com, it appears the video game company has registered another new Skylanders domain, further adding to the mystery of the company's future … [Read more...]

Domains show Activision may create a new game called “Skylanders Giants”

Activision, which is a known client of the internet brand protection company MarkMonitor, has apparently gone on a small buying spree for "Skylanders Giants" domain names, hinting that a new game is in the works. On January 19, the video game company that released Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure … [Read more...]

ProjectIronWolf.com Whois record changes hint Activision may be involved

Since early August when a Treyarch employee was caught playing a game titled "Iron Wolf" on the Xbox 360, rumors of the next Call of Duty series being called "Iron Wolf" or "Project Iron Wolf" have been swirling on the internet. A fake website located at ironwolfproject.com, likely setup by a … [Read more...]

Sequel may be closer as Activision secretly acquires BlackOps2.com domain

A sequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops, one of the best-selling games of all-time, may seem more likely as it appears Activision has secretly acquired the domain name blackops2.com. First registered in May 2010 shortly after Black Ops was announced, the domain remained under Whois privacy up until … [Read more...]

Top 10 Stories of 2011: #2 Activision battles for ModernWarfare3.com domain

Activision won rights to the domain ModernWarfare3.com in early September, bringing a saga that dragged on for months to a close. My coverage of the whole affair from beginning to end drew thousands of thousands of page views, along with mentions from nearly every major video gaming news site and … [Read more...]

Finally, ModernWarfare3.com points to official Call of Duty MW3 website

The domain name ModernWarfare3.com is finally being re-directed to the official Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 website. Activision won rights to the web address in early September, after online taunting by the previous owner Anthony Abraham who had lashed out at Activision in a series of … [Read more...]