Further bolstering its licensing footprint, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), today announced at Licensing Show Expo 2013 that it has more than doubled its portfolio of licensees in less than one year to more than 150 licensing partners.
Activision’s licensing initiatives support two of the biggest franchises in entertainment, Skylanders® and the mega-hit, blockbuster Call of Duty®, as well as the highly anticipated new video game universe, Destiny® , from the renowned developer, Bungie. During the past 18 months, Activision has become one of the fastest growing licensors and was recently named the 100th biggest global licensor in the world according to License! Global’s Top 150 Global Licensors List of 2012. The company’s Skylanders program is anchored by key global partners: Penguin, Topps, Rubies, MEGA Brands, and PowerA, and is supported by best-in-class licensing agents outside of the U.S.
Newly signed licensees who will support the Skylanders franchise include American Greetings, who is creating a comprehensive social expressions program through party goods and greeting cards; consumer electronic products by KIDdesigns; athletic shoes and slippers by Cortina Leomil Group; a Skylanders -themed Monopoly game by USAopoly; and Skylanders -branded personal care items and novelty stationery by MZBerger.
“Our licensing strategy is focused on partnering with industry leaders and category experts who will align well with our games’ demographics and deliver meaningful brand extensions,” says Ashley Maidy, Vice President of Global Licensing & Partnerships for Activision. “Deeper integration at retail is a key element of our expansion plans. Licensing has allowed us to secure space outside of the video game aisle, providing our fans with multiple touch points for consumer interactions. Additionally, the programs have garnered space in non-traditional gaming retailers like W.H. Smith and Smyths in Europe. Overall, this holiday we are increasing our retail space by more than one third over last year.”