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Submitted by vortis 1255d ago | news

Activision: Gameblog Blacklisting Was A Misunderstanding

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.” (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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deep_fried_bum_cake  +   1255d ago
A misunderstanding? How exactly do you accidentally blacklist them I wonder. I think they may be panicking at peoples reaction to it.
GraveLord  +   1255d ago
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.
vortis  +   1255d ago
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.
rdgneoz3  +   1255d ago
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.
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kazuma56  +   1254d ago
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
Blaze929  +   1255d ago
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
deep_fried_bum_cake  +   1255d ago
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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