Earlier today an external PR firm gave VentureBeat the following statement on behalf of Activision: “Activision doesn’t blacklist journalists. We believe this was a misunderstanding and are working towards a resolution.”
A misunderstanding? How exactly do you accidentally blacklist them I wonder. I think they may be panicking at peoples reaction to it.
Maybe the site wasn't blacklisted? This journalist could be lying to get some free traffic to his french site. Remember, not everything you read on the internet is true.
Yeap, I'm sure Gameblog lied about the Black Ops 2 thing, too...just for hits. Amazon apparently didn't really goof and slip up...they just photoshopped the screenshot. Activision went through the trouble of a damage control PR release just because people believed a no-name French blog site. Yeap, it's the interwebz...obviously Activision paying a PR firm to do damage control based on a no-name blog's lie is completely and entirely legit.
When other sites are asked to pull the articles and they do. Then you refuse to and keep it up, its safe to say the other party would be pretty pissed. They had to have said something in the first place for their ever to be a "misunderstanding" at all. Whether they did blacklist or not at the time doesn't matter so much now as they're trying to play the PR game since their attempts to hide certain things failed and people are lashing out at them for being bullies. p.s. Hell, look at the bottom of the article, other companies have done similar things in the past, it wouldn't be too hard to believe that Activision would do this.
lol, a no name french blog site? Gameblog is one of the most famous videogame website in france. Their journalists are in the gaming industry for at least 20 years
ha wow that's pretty crazy. good read. I'd believe Activision to go to those lengths. I'm sure that website and Acti are probably on bad terms for life now though
They even say "They also made clear that the relationship was to be severed, all advertisement plans cancelled, games not sent, and invitations to later events cancelled" So I would guess so as they'd be the first to recognise Activision's attempt at damage limitation. They will probably try and negotiate it though as it can only be good for their website having access to that stuff even if they think less of Activision.
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