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About Activision Blizzard


Activision Blizzard was founded in 1979 by four passionate software programmers. The name is a combination of the words “Active” and “Television.” It was the first independent, third-party console video game developer. Activision’s first major breakout game was Pitfall in 1982. It sold over 4 million copies. Activision Blizzard officially took on the Blizzard name in 2008, when the two gaming companies merged to create one of the largest and most beloved catalogs of video games in the world. Eight years later, Activision Blizzard acquired King, another gaming company responsible for iconic games like Candy Crush.

Activision Blizzard has three major divisions. Esports is Activision’s professional gaming department. The division runs the “professional gaming properties, including the Overwatch League, the Call of Duty League, Hearthstone Masters and Grandmasters, World of Warcraft Mythic Dungeon International, and Arena World Championship.” The Consumer Products division designs and provides “high quality and deeply relevant” merchandise for customers from the brands they love. Products range from gaming devices to game apparel. Activision Blizzard Media is the advertising and marketing division of the company. It focuses on fan-first integrated advertising, an approach that has allowed Activision Blizzard to reach millions of gamers across 190 countries.

Each studio, Activision, Blizzard, and King, hire the best in entertainment talent. The central corporate operations allow for each facet of the company to work together and run smoothly. Finance, IT, Sales, and Supply Chain, Human Resources, and Legal are all run centrally and congruently for each studio, including the independent studios like Toys for Bob, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Treyarch.

From Candy Crush to Call of Duty, World of Warcraft to Hearthstone, Activision Blizzard is home to some of the most iconic video games and entertainment. The team is passionate and hardworking across every division and continues to produce legendary games and franchises for gamers across the globe.

Activision Blizzard

3100 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (310) 255-2000

Firm Stats

CEO: Robert A. Kotick

Major Office Locations

Santa Monica, CA

Major Departments & Practices

Business Development and Licensing, Legal
Corporate Administration
Corporate Strategy
Data Analytics
Finance and Accounting
Human Resources
Information Technology
Marketing and Communications
Network/Engineering Systems
Programming/Software Engineering
Supply Chain