Activision: we don’t blacklist journalists

Activision has insisted that it "doesn't blacklist journalists" despite the owner of a French blog claiming the publisher severed all ties with him after he refused to remove a story about this year's Call Of Duty game.

Speaking to Kotaku, editor Grégory Szriftgiser claimed that Activision requested that he take down a story about Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, which was inadvertently revealed by Amazon France. When he declined, he was asked to reconsider bearing in mind "all the consequences this could lead to."

"The next morning, we talked on the phone," he explains. "They tried again to explain they needed us to pull the article, I refused again. They insisted again that it would seriously damage the professional relationship we had, that we weren't fully aware of the consequences this could have, and that they had already contacted their advertising agency.

"I asked if we should consider ourselves blacklisted, and more precisely if my journalist was still to attend a preview event that was planned next week and to which we were already invited.

"Activision said no. They also made clear that the relationship was to be severed, all advertisement plans cancelled, games not sent, and invitations to later events cancelled as well."

Szriftgiser also claims that several other outlets took down their stories, apparently complying with Activision's request. In a statement, the publisher said: "Activision doesn't blacklist journalists. We believe this was a misunderstanding and are working towards a resolution."