activision blizzardActivision’s Skylanders franchise has now exceeded $1.5 billion in worldwide sales, contributing to strong second quarter 2013 financial results, Activision Blizzard announced.

In both North America and Europe, the Activision  Blizzard reported that Activision Publishing’s Skylanders Giants was the number one best-selling console and hand-held game overall in dollars for the first six months of 2013. During this first half of the year, Activision Blizzard was the  number one third-party publisher in North America and Europe combined.  It dominated the games category, with Skylanders and Call of Duty: Black Ops II ranking as the top-two best-selling games in North America and Europe.

In the second quarter, Activision Blizzard overall generated $1.05 billion in net revenue, slightly down from the $1.08 billion it generated in the same quarter of last year. It’s digital channels brought in $387 million, 37% of the company’s total revenues.

The company plans to enter a new independence position, announcing last week that it has  reached an $8.2 billion deal to separate from French conglomerate Vivendi and become an independent company. Under a deal that was announced early last Friday, Activision Blizzard and a group of investors will buy back shares owned by Vivend. Activision Blizzard will buy about 429 million of its shares from Vivendi for roughly $5.83 billion in cash, or $13.60 a share, the company said.


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