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Activision is known in the United States as the first "third-party" developer, getting its nose in the video game industry with games for the Atari2600, and co-founded by four former Atari designers (David Crane, Larry Kaplan, Bob Whitehead and Alan Miller). Against Atari's publishing policies at the time, Activision was the first studio to allow programmers to take credit for the games they designed.Unlike many other companies developing games for second-generation consoles, Activision survived The Great Video Game Crash of 1983 intact, and even added to its catalog several games from defunct competitor Imagic. Activision acquired Infocom in 1986.In 2007, Activision became the single largest third-party game developer in the United States (after it merged with Vivendi Games, the holding company of Blizzard Entertainment, best known for Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo and thus becoming Activision Blizzard), surpassing Electronic Arts. Today, the company is best known for being the publisher of the Call of Duty series and games by Blizzard Entertainment, kicking off the late 2000s music game fad with the Guitar Hero series and for its controversial business practices, especially concerning the contractual dispute with Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward.
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