Posted on December 2, 2007,

Game Industry Giants Activision and Blizzard Merge

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What’ll a little under $19 billion result in? A merger of two of the world’s largest game companies – Blizzard and Activision. The news was revealed by the BBC, with the newly merged companies’ name to be Activision Blizzard.

$2 billion towards the new company will come out of Blizzard’s pockets, while Activision will chip in a modest $1 billion.

Current Activision CEO Bobby Kotick will be named CEO of Activision Blizzard, while Vivendi – which owns Blizzard – will be the group’s largest shareholder.

Jean-Bernard Levy, Vivendi chief executive, said: “This alliance is a major strategic step for Vivendi and is another illustration of our drive to extend our presence in the entertainment sector.

“By combining Vivendi’s games business with Activision, we are creating a worldwide leader in a high-growth industry.”

This is absolutely huge news; it simply can’t be understated how big a deal this is. Activision, with the Tony Hawk, Call of Duty and Guitar Hero series has been one of the biggest game publishers in the world (larger than even EA), and Blizzard’s amazing success with World of Warcraft is well known.

At this point it’s hard to say what changes we might see – if any – but we’ll be watching this story with a close eye. An investor’s meeting will be held Monday morning, so we might know more then.

BBC via GamerNode

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15 Comments on Game Industry Giants Activision and Blizzard Merge

MrMister

On December 2, 2007 at 5:07 pm

OH THIS IS SO AWESOME!! :shock:

Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5, Plz? :mrgreen:

MrMister

On December 2, 2007 at 5:07 pm

Oops forgot to also say we finally have an EA killer. :twisted:

used cisco

On December 2, 2007 at 5:54 pm

Beings that I just bought a bunch of activision not long ago, I really hope this has a strong effect on the stock price, I’d love it to surge at least temporarily so I can bank some of my earnings.

Johnny

On December 2, 2007 at 5:55 pm

I wonder if we can now trade our Warcraft Gold for new Songs for Guitar Hero III on sites like http://www.mmoExchange.com

erathoniel

On December 2, 2007 at 6:22 pm

Ah crap, higher prices.

Daniel

On December 2, 2007 at 8:51 pm

I’m not too fond of the name “Activision Blizzard”. I personally think naming it “A-Blizzard” would have been badass!

somewhat

On December 2, 2007 at 8:55 pm

Or Blizzardvision, or maybe ABGames ? narf !

Matt

On December 2, 2007 at 10:59 pm

… Forget about that. GET BATTLEZONE 3 out ASAP.

M123

On December 3, 2007 at 3:31 am

Battlezone 3 plz.
Also Diablo 3.

weclock

On December 3, 2007 at 8:55 am

this is some bad news for my monday morning.

Daniel

On December 3, 2007 at 8:59 am

@weclock: This shouldn’t be bad news unless you work for EA, and I 100% doubt that you work for EA.

chris

On December 16, 2007 at 12:22 am

Blizzard merge takes virtual economy booming like gamers777.com thats one of website doing world of warcraft gold and power leveling trading althoght thats what blizzard doesn’t permit.Can virtual economy really continue booming in the market?

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On April 30, 2008 at 3:44 am

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On August 6, 2008 at 6:42 am

Battlezone 3? PLEASE!