Head of Activision dislikes Xbox LIVE

Bobby Kotick is not a fan of Xbox live even after the fact that most of Modern Warefare 2 gamers are using the service. Can you guess why? Okay, I’ll let you in on the secret if you are having some trouble figuring it out. Remember how he wants to have a subscription based Call of Duty game? Well perhaps he wanted to have a regular Call of Duty game with persistent content, not just DLC.

That’s right, he hates Xbox LIVE because Activision doesn’t have the opportunity to charge individuals monthly. They don’t see any profit from the service and therefore they can’t charge for content via a subscription model. After the whole $15 dollars for 5 map deal that happened twice, he has the nerve to state that they could provide a service with more value compare to Xbox LIVE:

We’ve heard that 60% of subscribers are principally on Live because of Call Of Duty. We don’t really participate financially in that income stream. We would really like to be able to provide much more value to those millions of players playing on Live, but it’s not our network.

In addition, he mentions that specialized high end PCs that connect to TVs are the answer:

He said that Activision wants to break Sony and Microsoft’s “walled gardens” – XBL and PSN – “with new gamer-friendly PCs, designed to be plugged into the television”.

He added: “PCs have long been used for online play, but PC gaming remains niche when the games industry needs to widen its appeal.”

Activision will “very aggressively” support efforts by Dell and HP to connect PCs to TVs, said Kotick

Sources: CVG.com