Location: Santa Monica, CA
Considered the world’s first independent developer and distributor of console video games, Activision is now a publicly traded international corporation that is majority controlled by Vivendi.
- Guitar Hero series
- Call of Duty series
- Tony Hawk series
- Star Trek series
- Doom 3
- Transformers series
What to Expect
Vivendi Games (owner of Blizzard Entertainment) and Activision announced in 2007 that the two corporations would merge, with Vivendi retaining majority control. The deal was completed in 2008, creating Activision Blizzard, Inc. Activision still exists as a subsidiary of the newly formed organization, and likewise, Blizzard is able to operate autonomously. As a result of the merger, Activision Blizzard acquired a number of Vivendi IPs, including Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and the Dragon series. Activision continues to develop and publish new installments of the Call of Duty franchise in association with subsidiary studios.
Under the large umbrella of Activision, the company controls several subsidiary studios, including Bungie, High Moon Studios, Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch, and Vicarious Visions. Domestically, 14 game studios are located in six states. There are eight international studios located in five countries: Ireland, Canada, England, Korea, and China. Dozens more facilities operate around the world, handling sales activities and distribution.
Applicants interested in applying to Activision or Activision Blizzard (subsidiary studios) may visit the company’s official website and visit the careers section. To inquire about opportunities with Blizzard Entertainment, candidates must visit Blizzard.com. Positions are available in a number of game development areas, including art, animation, programming, design, and software engineering. Most entry-level or junior roles require a bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience in a relevant area, such as game design, computer animation, computer science, advanced mathematics, or digital art and design. Mid-level positions may demand at least two or three years of previous employment with a game studio and at least one shipped title, in additional to relevant education. Lead and senior roles typically require five years of experience in game development and two shipped titles.
Activision recruits heavily on college campuses and does offer internship and co-op positions for students currently enrolled in college or university courses. Students that successfully complete the programs may be offered regular employment upon graduation. Occasionally, vacancies for quality assurance testers do become available at Activision and subsidiary studios. Depending on the needs of the company, some of these positions may be temporary and contracted through a third-party staffing company. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma. Other requirements include familiarity with database and debugging systems, software test procedures, and typical Office applications. When vacancies exist for these positions, they will be listed on the official Activision careers webpage.
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