Topic: Sunday Dramabomb: Vivendi & Activision merge into "Activision Blizzard"

inpheaux wrote:

In today's "Certainly Didn't See That Coming" news, Vivendi Games and Activision have buddied up to form "Activision Blizzard".

So . . . it looks like we're down to three omni-platform super-developer/publishers now. In one corner we have EA, the only company allowed to make sports games, and who will be making sports games with tiny little incremental upgrades every year until the end of time. They also have a stranglehold on the cross-promotional branded shovelware market, and have lately been bolstering their army of developers by buying-up companies like Bioware/Pandemic.

In the next corner we have the newly-formed Activision Blizzard. Activision on their own is already in the middle of a record season thanks to Guitar Hero 3, Call of Duty 4 and Tony Hawk 39, and as for Blizzard, well, Blizzard is always in the middle of a record season thanks to having the MMO industry by the balls. Normally when a company I like (such as Blizzard) gets gobbled up in a large merger like this I get worried, but in this case I'm not concerned at all. I'm pretty sure everyone involved knows Blizzard knows full well how to make mountains of cash without any intervention from whoever their corporate masters are this week. Furthermore, I'm rather sure everyone involved knows not to try and mess with Blizzard's practices.

In the last corner we've got Ubisoft. . . . but really, in light of this merger, Ubisoft is looking kinda weak. I mean, they've only got a tiny fraction of the licenses either EA or Activision Blizzard have rights to, and have only 3 or 4 studios compared to the jillions EA and Activision Blizzard have.

I'd watch your back, Ubisoft. Looks like you might be next.

Re: Sunday Dramabomb: Vivendi & Activision merge into "Activision Blizzard"

I'm still trying to figure out what sort of game Blizzard Activision is going to make. A fantasy RPG in which you control a group of battle hardened WW2 space marines with guitars of death?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

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Re: Sunday Dramabomb: Vivendi & Activision merge into "Activision Blizzard"

Thor, Clod of Blunders wrote:

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

As far as games it means nothing. There's no corporate restructuring, there's no dev team shuffling, there's no license mingling, etc. What it means is that now the #2 and #3 platform-independent all-in-one gaming companies (develop/test/publish/support) are now just the #2. Most importantly, it means EA has some actual almost maybe competiton. (Recent stats have the top 3 platform-independent publishers as EA @ ~$17m/month, a combined Activision Blizzard would come in at around ~$8.1m/month. The next down the list is THQ and Atari tied at ~$3.1M)

Furthermore, specifically with relation to Blizzard, it should be noted that if you look at the terms of the deal, Vivendi's interests will make up the majority of the shares, and eventually they'll make up 68% of the shares. This deal is all about Blizzard's phat WoW lewt buying out Activision, not the other way around. To further reassure people, Blizzard has an FAQ up regarding all this.

Re: Sunday Dramabomb: Vivendi & Activision merge into "Activision Blizzard"

Activision Blizard is far too long a name. I suggest: Blizsion.

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Re: Sunday Dramabomb: Vivendi & Activision merge into "Activision Blizzard"

Actizzard, I choose you!

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