Activision, Vivendi merge to form Activision Blizzard

By on December 3, 2007, 11:08 AM
Activision and Vivendi yesterday shocked the game industry by announcing that they’ve entered into an agreement that will see Vivendi Games – Blizzard’s current parent company – combine with Activision, resulting in the creation of the “world's largest, most profitable” videogame publisher, called Activision Blizzard.

The deal is worth $18.9 billion and combines some of the top franchises in the game industry, from Activision’s Guitar Hero and Call of Duty, to Blizzard’s wildly popular World of Warcraft. Blizzard Entertainment has updated its official website with more details on the merger, basically clarifying that there will be no changes in the way the company operates. The merger is expected to be complete sometime in the middle of next year, when Activision Blizzard will reportedly overtake Electronic Arts as the biggest third-party publisher in the world.

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PanicX said:
Great, now Vivendi can coerce even more titles to be released with beta quality code.
howzz1854 said:
the quality of product from Activision has always been a better one compare to EA. lets hope they can bring that standard to the map as the merge goes. EA needs to realize it's all about bullying the little guys and dumping out $hit releases.
Rick said:
I was hoping for Actilizzard or Blizavision myself... :)Just imagine the games.. Quake 5 - Azeroth edition... Diablo III - Modern Warfare...World of Guitar Hero, anyone?
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