Activision Leaves PC Gaming Alliance - UPDATED

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Activision Leaves PC Gaming Alliance - UPDATED

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The PC Gaming Alliance has confirmed that Activision is no longer a member, a loss that represents a serious blow to the organization.

A couple of Kotaku readers noticed over the weekend that Activision was no longer in the members list on the PC Gaming Alliance website. When asked, the group revealed that "a few members have decided they cannot justify the budget (membership and staff) required to maintain an active role in the PC Gaming Alliance at this time." Among those "few members" is Activision.

The PCGA still boasts some heavy industry muscle, including Microsoft, Nvidia, Intel and AMD, but Activision's departure leaves the group decidedly light on the software side of the coin. Among developers and publishers, only Epic and Capcom remain as members while WildTangent is listed as a "contributor." Activision's loss will almost certainly sting but it's not the first industry organization the company has left recently: Activision also left the Entertainment Software Association in May 2008, a move that came about because "[Activision's] issues... are not the industry's issues," CEO Bobby Kotick said at the time. "Our challenges are sufficiently different from other publishers' issues that we need our own point person," he said at the time.

Is it possible the PCGA could shift its focus exclusively to the hardware side of the PC gaming equation? One of the main complaints about gaming on PCs is the relative complexity of the equipment: Video cards, sound cards, processors and RAM are far more intimidating than the out-of-the-box simplicity of consoles. If the PC Gaming Alliance could address that concern and simplify the process for consumers who just want to pop in a game and start playing it would be a major step toward returning the platform to relevance and might even attract a few of those wayward software developers back into the fold.

We've sent inquiries to the PC Gaming Alliance and Activision and will update when we can.

UPDATE: PC Gaming Alliance has issued a statement in the wake of Activision's departure. "The PC Gaming Alliance is an industry consortium that relies on membership dues to perform its' research," said PCGA President Randy Study. "Several members have determined that in the current economy they cannot justify the budget (membership and staff) required to maintain an active role in the PC Gaming Alliance. This does not reflect negatively on the PC Gaming Alliance charter as we have added more members then we have lost in this period."

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I am a Pc only gamer and have never heard of the PC gaming alliance, anyone care to enlighten me? Should i be concerned about ACtivivsions departure?

I will be worried as soon as Microsoft leaves.

johnman:
I am a Pc only gamer and have never heard of the PC gaming alliance, anyone care to enlighten me? Should i be concerned about ACtivivsions departure?

Basically it's a cooperative effort to cement the PC as a platform for gaming. Established I think in '07/'08. Since its birth it has done......nothing.

Sevre90210:

johnman:
I am a Pc only gamer and have never heard of the PC gaming alliance, anyone care to enlighten me? Should i be concerned about ACtivivsions departure?

Basically it's a cooperative effort to cement the PC as a platform for gaming. Established I think in '07/'08. Since its birth it has done......nothing.

So....it the PC version of the ESA....great....

Jeez, this sounds like the UN except for PC gaming instead of world peace.

What? Never heard of it.

Slow news day, huh?

Gee, that's too bad.

;/

Although I'm not sure what exactly they tried to achieve with it,they did do a lot of hype over it with articles printed in PC Gamer, Custom PC, etc.

1. What? What alliance?
2. Who cares?
3. What was the last good Activision game on PC?

Abedeus:

3. What was the last good Activision game on PC?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

That is the only decent Activision game ever I believe.

Sevre90210:

Abedeus:

3. What was the last good Activision game on PC?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

That is the only decent Activision game ever I believe.

Okay, then ignoring Call of Duty...

Bzzt. Nothing xd

Do the Infocom games count? eh...probably not

why the hell doesnt make all infocom game public domain? the only reason that i can think of that they keep them locked up is to prevent anyone else from having them...its friggin ridiculous...

Where do Activision get their money anyway?

Sevre90210:
Where do Activision get their money anyway?

Guitar Hero and Call of Duty nowadays.

I can't put this in any other way...FUCK YOU ACTIVISION.

Everyone should be able to play.

johnman:
I am a Pc only gamer and have never heard of the PC gaming alliance, anyone care to enlighten me? Should i be concerned about ACtivivsions departure?

Not really, All it means is that they don't think that the investment is worth it.

Get worried when big names like Microsoft start leaving, clearly signaling the end of the PC gaming master races rule over the Internets and universe.

Btw, Activision is a publisher and owns Blizzard. They get a lot of revenue from World of WarCraft.

Good news. Now i almost sure Diablo 3 is coming to PS3)

So does this mean Blizzard leaves too? If so - I'm very sorry, PC gamers. That must be really painful. If you want some sympathy, I'm right here.

I'm a PC gamer and I have to say 'who the fuck are the PC Gaming Alliance?' And fuck Activison, there the new EA, whilst EA are actually clawing their way out of the pit they dug for themselves.

Indigo_Dingo:
So does this mean Blizzard leaves too? If so - I'm very sorry, PC gamers. That must be really painful. If you want some sympathy, I'm right here.

Considering this so called Alliance has done nothing at all to improve PC gaming, and Valve has done more with Steam than this bunch of nobodies...it might be an actuall good move by Activision...

Lord_Gremlin:
Good news. Now i almost sure Diablo 3 is coming to PS3)

Because the publisher of a developer decides to back out of a completely useless organization, they're switching focus to the PS3, in spite of no correlation whatsoever? This despite being a company that built its base entirely on the PC through Starcraft, Diablo 2, and WoW?

Oh, right, Killzone avatar, PS3 boosting, it forms a picture. Try not be so silly.

GyroCaptain:

Lord_Gremlin:
Good news. Now i almost sure Diablo 3 is coming to PS3)

Because the publisher of a developer decides to back out of a completely useless organization, they're switching focus to the PS3, in spite of no correlation whatsoever? This despite being a company that built its base entirely on the PC through Starcraft, Diablo 2, and WoW?

Oh, right, Killzone avatar, PS3 boosting, it forms a picture. Try not be so silly.

GyroCaptain is my kind of captain! Wait that sounds awfull...

oliveira8:

GyroCaptain:

Lord_Gremlin:
Good news. Now i almost sure Diablo 3 is coming to PS3)

Because the publisher of a developer decides to back out of a completely useless organization, they're switching focus to the PS3, in spite of no correlation whatsoever? This despite being a company that built its base entirely on the PC through Starcraft, Diablo 2, and WoW?

Oh, right, Killzone avatar, PS3 boosting, it forms a picture. Try not be so silly.

GyroCaptain is my kind of captain! Wait that sounds awfull...

It's not the fanboyism that I mind so much, but the fact that it seems to encompass so much in just one tiny post. The bad grammar didn't help either.

Sevre90210:
Where do Activision get their money anyway?

Stupid people mostly.

GyroCaptain:

Lord_Gremlin:
Good news. Now i almost sure Diablo 3 is coming to PS3)

Because the publisher of a developer decides to back out of a completely useless organization, they're switching focus to the PS3, in spite of no correlation whatsoever? This despite being a company that built its base entirely on the PC through Starcraft, Diablo 2, and WoW?

Oh, right, Killzone avatar, PS3 boosting, it forms a picture. Try not be so silly.

Why not? Was there something offensive to you about his joke?

oliveira8:

Indigo_Dingo:
So does this mean Blizzard leaves too? If so - I'm very sorry, PC gamers. That must be really painful. If you want some sympathy, I'm right here.

Considering this so called Alliance has done nothing at all to improve PC gaming, and Valve has done more with Steam than this bunch of nobodies...it might be an actuall good move by Activision...

Agreed. Who are these guys anyway? I haven't even heard of them, but the fact that Activision leaving them is cause for concern makes me think that they are minor stuff.

Indigo_Dingo:

GyroCaptain:

Lord_Gremlin:
Good news. Now i almost sure Diablo 3 is coming to PS3)

Because the publisher of a developer decides to back out of a completely useless organization, they're switching focus to the PS3, in spite of no correlation whatsoever? This despite being a company that built its base entirely on the PC through Starcraft, Diablo 2, and WoW?

Oh, right, Killzone avatar, PS3 boosting, it forms a picture. Try not be so silly.

Why not? Was there something offensive to you about his joke?

I think it was the "only" implied in that sentence that mighta set him off. It was a joke, so no need for anybody to get all ruffled. It would probably go multiplat if anything.

scotth266:

oliveira8:

Indigo_Dingo:
So does this mean Blizzard leaves too? If so - I'm very sorry, PC gamers. That must be really painful. If you want some sympathy, I'm right here.

Considering this so called Alliance has done nothing at all to improve PC gaming, and Valve has done more with Steam than this bunch of nobodies...it might be an actuall good move by Activision...

Agreed. Who are these guys anyway? I haven't even heard of them, but the fact that Activision leaving them is cause for concern makes me think that they are minor stuff.

I heard about these guys some time ago and they were like "We be changing PC gaming yo! Join us we have donuts!!".

Since then they havent done much...

Also props for changing the avatar back. :P

Indigo_Dingo:
Why not? Was there something offensive to you about his joke?

It was nothing offensive so much as creeping horror he might have been serious. "Silly" in this case was a euphemism for promoting an "O....K..." response and the desire to back away slowly before being smothered in a Sony blanket. I'm perfectly aware you're an ardent fan and wouldn't want to see others bashed for being so, but his remark, if serious, carried the stench of the crazy.

oliveira8:

I heard about these guys some time ago and they were like "We be changing PC gaming yo! Join us we have donuts!!".

Since then they havent done much...

Also props for changing the avatar back. :P

Hoorah for doughnuts! And thanks, it wasn't really my style anywho. I just wanted everyone to know who I was supporting at the time, though recently my favor for the Genre Wars has been depleted due to little issues.

It seems to me that the only big shakers in the industry are the indie folk anyway. I mean, look at the World of Goo guy. A 90% piracy rate on his game(last I heard), and the man still opposes DRM. That takes some stones. I'm gonna get it just to support him, though the game rocks enough to be bought on its own merits(according to peer review).

scotth266:

oliveira8:

I heard about these guys some time ago and they were like "We be changing PC gaming yo! Join us we have donuts!!".

Since then they havent done much...

Also props for changing the avatar back. :P

Hoorah for doughnuts! And thanks, it wasn't really my style anywho. I just wanted everyone to know who I was supporting at the time, though recently my favor for the Genre Wars has been depleted due to little issues.

It seems to me that the only big shakers in the industry are the indie folk anyway. I mean, look at the World of Goo guy. A 90% piracy rate on his game(last I heard), and the man still opposes DRM. That takes some stones. I'm gonna get it just to support him, though the game rocks enough to be bought on its own merits(according to peer review).

World of Goo is indeed a great game. Shame about it got pirated to hell. Also indie developers have nothing to lose.

Right now I remenber the short clip that Yahtzee made when he was coming to The Escapist.

"Releasing a video on youtube is like sending a message in a bottle in the middle of the sea, and someday you hope a guy that has a big boat made out money will pick up the message and take you to ride on his boat."(or something.)

Many indie developers do that. They some day someone will pick them to big companies.

GyroCaptain:

Indigo_Dingo:
Why not? Was there something offensive to you about his joke?

It was nothing offensive so much as creeping horror he might have been serious. "Silly" in this case was a euphemism for promoting an "O....K..." response and the desire to back away slowly before being smothered in a Sony blanket. I'm perfectly aware you're an ardent fan and wouldn't want to see others bashed for being so, but his remark, if serious, carried the stench of the crazy.

I really, really doubt he was being serious. If he is, yeah, its being really stupid, but I'm pretty sure everyone involved knew that. Yet another case where the sarcasm button is needed.

oliveira8:

scotth266:

oliveira8:

Indigo_Dingo:
So does this mean Blizzard leaves too? If so - I'm very sorry, PC gamers. That must be really painful. If you want some sympathy, I'm right here.

Considering this so called Alliance has done nothing at all to improve PC gaming, and Valve has done more with Steam than this bunch of nobodies...it might be an actuall good move by Activision...

Agreed. Who are these guys anyway? I haven't even heard of them, but the fact that Activision leaving them is cause for concern makes me think that they are minor stuff.

I heard about these guys some time ago and they were like "We be changing PC gaming yo! Join us we have donuts!!".

Since then they havent done much...

Also props for changing the avatar back. :P

Maybe thats becauser they couldn't do anything. Their task was to make PC gaming relevant - an impossibility, so they haven't done anything.

See, that was sacrasm, and said in such a way that I was sure everyone could see I wass kidding.

Still, Activision leaving this thing can still only be a bad thing. How much of a bad thing, who knows?

Indigo_Dingo:

oliveira8:

scotth266:

oliveira8:

Indigo_Dingo:
So does this mean Blizzard leaves too? If so - I'm very sorry, PC gamers. That must be really painful. If you want some sympathy, I'm right here.

Considering this so called Alliance has done nothing at all to improve PC gaming, and Valve has done more with Steam than this bunch of nobodies...it might be an actuall good move by Activision...

Agreed. Who are these guys anyway? I haven't even heard of them, but the fact that Activision leaving them is cause for concern makes me think that they are minor stuff.

I heard about these guys some time ago and they were like "We be changing PC gaming yo! Join us we have donuts!!".

Since then they havent done much...

Also props for changing the avatar back. :P

Maybe thats becauser they couldn't do anything. Their task was to make PC gaming relevant - an impossibility, so they haven't done anything.

See, that was sacrasm, and said in such a way that I was sure everyone could see I wass kidding.

Still, Activision leaving this thing can still only be a bad thing. How much of a bad thing, who knows?

I got it that you were joking about it. Just used your post to make a statement.

If Activision pulled out its that they saw that this organization was going nowhere and they were just spending money on it. Dont let the cancer spread right?

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