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December 3rd, 2007, 04:50
BBC News reports that Activtision and Blizzard have announced a merger between the two companies.
Blizzard is the biggest player in online gaming and Warcraft is the global market leader of what are known as massively multi-player online role-playing games, or MMORPGs.
It is currently owned by the French media group Vivendi.
As part of the merger plan, Blizzard will invest $2bn in the new company, while Activision is putting up $1bn.
The merged business will be called Activision Blizzard and its chief executive will be Activision's current CEO Bobby Kotick. Vivendi will be the biggest shareholder in the group.
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December 3rd, 2007, 04:50
By the way you can already head over to the new site

http://www.activisionblizzard.com/

''The combination of Activision and Vivendi Games, Activision Blizzard, will create the world's largest, most profitable pure-play video game publisher with some of the most popular titles in the industry, including Guitar Hero®, Call of Duty®, Tony Hawk, World of Warcraft®, Starcraft® and Diablo®''


Just a thought on all this, nobody ever speaks of them anymore, in fact they arent even mentioned in this merger… But Sierra Entertainment is also owned by Vivendi and they've made/published some of the most well known game like the first Half-Life, King Quest, Gabriel Knight and one of my favorite RPG of all time, Betrayal at Krondor. Oh and I almost forgot, one of the oldest MMORPG, The Realm Online..



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December 3rd, 2007, 04:52
Oh and how could I forget, Sierra also made/published the ''great'' *cough* expansion to diablo 1.. Diablo: Hellfire. =P
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December 3rd, 2007, 05:44
Nice, this is like Nostradamus territory here!
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December 3rd, 2007, 08:18
Why the hell would Blizzard need to "merge" with anyone? Can someone explain this? And, have the other company's CEO take over? WTF?
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December 3rd, 2007, 09:21
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Why the hell would Blizzard need to "merge" with anyone? Can someone explain this? And, have the other company's CEO take over? WTF?
They don't need to merge. In a global business economy, huge corporations can benefit from having everything they need access to "in house" so to speak.
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December 3rd, 2007, 09:40
OMG. This is huge. I guess it's possible they did it to face EA.
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December 3rd, 2007, 10:04
Checking calendar… no, not the first of April. WoW.

Does anyone here know more of Robert Kotick than what wikipedia offers?
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December 3rd, 2007, 10:13
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Checking calendar… no, not the first of April. WoW.
Hehe, yeah just what I thought as well, first.

One might only wonder about the reasons. I think they have quite different agendas and so far I can tell as mere customer also very different coprorate cultures. I dont see the gain in this atm, besides being bigger than before.

Most strange.
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December 3rd, 2007, 11:06
Nah, if your into corporatism they just became the biggest by teaming up, of course for us game fans this most likely will totally suck.
I was reading somewhere and wow is up to about 9 million and @ $15 per person, per month that's quite a bit of steady cash flow.

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Oh goodie now I'll finally get Quest for Glory 6:The search for the phat loot. Oh happy day!!!

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