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    As we posted last week, there’s an Activision/Blizzard “corporate presentation” tomorrow morning, California time. You can listen to it live-streamed online, via the ATVI investor’s page, though if you’re hoping for game news and content, you will probably be disappointed. See our past coverage of these types of conference calls for more details, but they’re very dry and almost entirely about finances and sales — the content would be basically identical if ATVI sold cars or toasters or soybeans.

    Here’s the news quote:

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATVI – News) today announced that members of senior management, including Robert Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, Inc., will be giving a corporate presentation at its analyst day event on Thursday, September 1, 2011 from approximately 9:15am Pacific Time to 1:00pm Pacific Time.

    The presentation will be broadcast over the Internet. To access the webcast, please log on to http://www.activisionblizzard.com.

    A number of readers asked if we’d be doing our usual live chat during the event, but as it’s 3.5 hours long and there’s no real prospect of any new Diablo 3 info… I don’t think so. We’ll post a news update after the call though, just in case there are some interesting revelations. Also, anyone who is bored enough at work to listen and who wants to report back can feel free to use these comments for that.


    Update: News about Activision/Blizzard’s just-reported record first-half profits that will no doubt make up much of tomorrow’s discussion.

    The French media conglomerate noted that record digital sales of Activision Blizzard’s online-enabled franchises — up more than 20 percent compared to the same half last fiscal year — helped drive revenues for the company.

    Vivendi revealed that Activision Blizzard purchased approximately 43 million shares of its common stock for a price of around $479 million. It noted that, as of the end of this fiscal half, Vivendi holds a 63 percent interest in the video games company.


    Update #1: As expected, the conference call was largely about ATVI’s recent profits, especially from digital sales. Coverage of that here and here, for instance.

    That’s a lot of games sold and that brings up the question of DLC. They title sold 18 million map packs since launch which equals to about 270 million dollars; making $7 million more than Modern Warfare 2 and $9 million more than World at War.

    With numbers like that, the publisher as a whole must be doing well right? Of course it is. Digital revenue for Activision Blizzard reached an astounding $1.7 billion dollars over the past 12 months. It will only increase when Diablo 3 launches as well. Blizzard will be taking undetermined fees off the top of player-to-player items sales. It’s bound to go up.


    Update #2: Coverage of the conference via their Diablo III-related slides, and Rob Pardo’s comments on the Real Money Auction House.

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