Sessler’s Soapbox: Gaming’s Power Couple

Everyone else is talking about the Blizzard / Activision merger, so why not our old friend Adam Sessler? In this week’s edition of Sessler’s Soapbox, Adam takes a look at the recent news concerning the merger, and its possible implications on the the industry.

Personally, I agree with Adam that one really good thing to come of this merger is that there is finally a publisher large enough, strong enough, and funded enough to stand toe-to-toe with Electronic Arts. With this sort of competition, EA is bound to take notice, and hopefully refocus to improve the quality of their game offerings.

I have heard a few folks ’round the net say that they fear this merger threatens Blizzard and/or World of Warcraft. Don’t you believe it. With 9.3 million + subscribers, Vivendi isn’t going to do anything to interfere with the workings of its number one cash cow. You can fully expect Blizzard to continue as before, with only a name change to signify that anything happened. To make any more sweeping changes at this juncture would be bad business.

This move actually gives Vivendi a lot of leverage in the gaming market, as they now have some strong ties to every part of it. Activision provides solid, tested console IP’s, and a few PC games (Call of Duty, anyone?). Sierra is working on some new and different IP’s, and Blizzard is, well, Blizzard.

Thanks, G4 TV!

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