|Defunct||October 8, 2009|
Shaba Games LLC was an American video game developer founded in September 1997. It was located in San Francisco, California. Initially it was a nine-person development team, with the founders having split off from Crystal Dynamics, more specifically from the team behind Pandemonium 2 .It was acquired by Activision in 2002. Activision closed the studio on October 8, 2009.
|Razor Freestyle Scooter|
|2001||Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX|
|Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3|
|2003||Wakeboarding Unleashed Featuring Shaun Murray||PlayStation 2, Xbox|
|2005||Tony Hawk's Underground 2: Remix||PlayStation Portable|
|Shrek SuperSlam||GameCube, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox|
|2006||Tony Hawk's Project 8||PlayStation 2, Xbox|
|2007||Shrek the Third||PlayStation 2, Wii, Xbox 360|
|2008||Spider-Man: Web of Shadows||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360|
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Activision Publishing, Inc. is an American video game publisher based in Santa Monica, California. It currently serves as the publishing business for its parent company, Activision Blizzard, and consists of several subsidiary studios. Activision is one of the largest third-party video game publishers in the world and was the top United States publisher in 2016.
Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. was an American video game publisher based in Glen Cove, New York. Originally formed by Greg Fischbach, Robert Holmes and Jim Scoroposki out of an Oyster Bay storefront in 1987, the company established a worldwide development team through a series of acquisitions in the late 1990s and early 2000s. After poor financial returns in their 2003 fiscal year, Acclaim filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in September 2004. Properties owned by Acclaim were subsequently auctioned off to various parties.
Infinity Ward, Inc. is an American video game developer. They developed the video game Call of Duty, along with seven other installments in the Call of Duty series. Vince Zampella, Grant Collier, and Jason West established Infinity Ward in 2002 after working at 2015, Inc. previously. All of the 22 original team members of Infinity Ward came from the team that had worked on Medal of Honor: Allied Assault while at 2015, Inc. Activision helped fund Infinity Ward in its early days, buying up 30 percent of the company. The studio's first game, World War II shooter Call of Duty, was released on the PC in 2003. The day after the game was released, Activision bought the rest of Infinity Ward, signing employees to long-term contracts. Infinity Ward went on to make Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and the Modern Warfare reboot.
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High Moon Studios, Inc. is an American video game developer initially formed in 2001. After nearly a year as an independent studio, the developer was acquired by Vivendi Games in January 2006 and placed under Sierra Entertainment. It is now owned by Activision Blizzard, Vivendi Games' successor and parent company of Activision. It has developed multiple Transformers video games and assisted in the development of select Call of Duty games, as well as Destiny.
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