How Activision Blizzard Could Make Billions -- With Free Games

Destiny, the new title that Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI  ) is set to launch in September, retails for $60 and will likely rocket into a billion-dollar video game brand. But the company could actually make as much – or more -- through a major push into the free-to-play gaming model over the coming years.

Activision has already tiptoed into that business, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos notes in the video below. Its new Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft title requires no up-front payment to get started, but instead processes small charges from players who want to speed along their progress. 

Hearthstone is a card-collecting game from Blizzard. Source: Activision-Blizzard.

The title seems like a hit already, as Hearthstone has attracted millions of players and strong engagement and spending trends, according to the company. But that's really just the start for Activision: Hearthstone will soon expand to tablets and smartphones, and the company has two additional promising free-to-play entries on the way: Heroes of the Storm and Call of Duty Online.

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  • Report this Comment On February 20, 2014, at 6:34 PM, TMFSpiffyPop wrote:

    Demitrios,

    I am really enjoying Hearthstone.

    Also, great job on CAPS! I love seeing our contributors, not only write good articles and do good videos, but also BACK IT UP by actively picking the stocks on CAPS and creating a transparent scorecard for our community and the world.

    I see you are in the top 10% of the whole community. I'm not surprised. Keep up the good work.

    Foolishly,

    David Gardner

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