Wednesday, July 9th 2008

Activision and Blizzard to Merge Today

Publisher Activision today announced that its merger with Blizzard Entertainment parent company Vivendi Games has been approved by the board of shareholders, and the transaction is expected to officially close today, July the 9th. The new company, dubbed Activision-Blizzard, is valued at roughly US $18.9 billion.

Activision and Vivendi Games will combine their businesses through the merger of a newly formed, wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision with and into Vivendi Games. As a result of the merger, Vivendi Games, the parent company of Blizzard Entertainment and Sierra, will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision. Vivendi will receive approximately 295.3 million newly issued shares of Activision common stock. Concurrently with the merger, Vivendi will purchase approximately 62.9 million newly issued shares of Activision common stock at a price of $27.50 per share for a total of approximately $1.7 billion in cash, resulting in a total Vivendi ownership stake in Activision Blizzard of approximately 52% on a fully diluted basis and approximately 54% of shares outstanding. As of the closing of the transaction, Activision will be renamed Activision Blizzard and will continue to operate as a public company traded on NASDAQ under the ticker ATVI.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Blizzard, Inc. is a worldwide pure-play online and console game publisher with leading market positions across all categories of the rapidly growing interactive entertainment software industry.Source: Activision
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22 Comments on Activision and Blizzard to Merge Today

#1
i_dog_69
Good news for shareholders i guess. As long as Blizzard, ect... keep preoducing quality games, this wont effect the consumer much, heck, with more resources now at all of thier disposal things may be better::crosses fingers::!
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#2
PrudentPrincess
Anyone notice they released a new song for GHIII download: "I am Murloc"?
Coincidence?
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#3
Xolair
Mmm... console-Diablo 3... well, guess you can always dream. :p
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#4
Homeless
That was rather unexpected
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#5
Conti027
by: Xolair
Mmm... console-Diablo 3... well, guess you can always dream. :p
Diablo console would be a good idea but i hope it stays with PC only.
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#6
intel igent
cool! looking forward to some kick@ss game's :rockout:
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#7
tigger
I'm the only one
Blizzard have their cash cow called wow.Apart from diablo 3 dont expect many new games from them,just lots of updates for wow.
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#8
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
so long as they dont start charging a subscription fee for Fps's then im down with that.

Activision ftw (btw i hated cod2)
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#9
candle_86
Activion has always made quality products remember, this isnt EA where talking about, though there is one company i miss, Interplay
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#10
ArkanHell
- WoW Guitar Heroe Edition : Play Guitar Heroe using Wow Characters.
- Call of Duty MMORPG: Form your squad, lvl up, figth against other soldiers, go to special missions with your friends, defeat the enemy. "You are not ready!!"
- Call of Duty Space Craft: Single Player or Multiplayer.

Pleases Actiblizz, send the money for the ideas, thanx. lol
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#11
candle_86
Call of Warcraft, join the thousands online with this amazing FPS where you can be anything (Note Hunters where removed as being to powerful in an FPS compared to a warrior)
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#12
mlupple
That is one confusing merger...
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#13
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Ubisoft really hit the spot
Diablo console would be a good idea but i hope it stays with PC only.
They already did it with the first. Failed miserably.
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#14
tigger
I'm the only one
@ candle 86,They are called huntards:laugh: i used to play wow but realized how monotonous it is.
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#15
Darkrealms
Wasn't this decided 4-6 months ago they just hadn't done it?

Lets hope Blizzard isn't tainted and just left to do their thing. Other then how they have handled several aspects of WoW I still think Blizzard is a top notch company.
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#16
imperialreign
this somehow bodes very ill for the PC market . . . :( Everything will be ported to console, or from console to PC, leaving us with dumbed-down gameplay, controls, graphics . . . :cry:


there is now only one hope for us PC-only gamers . . . Interplay re-entering the market :toast:
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#17
Ravenas
by: imperialreign
this somehow bodes very ill for the PC market . . . :( Everything will be ported to console, or from console to PC, leaving us with dumbed-down gameplay, controls, graphics . . . :cry:


there is now only one hope for us PC-only gamers . . . Interplay re-entering the market :toast:
One hope? Lol if anything it's not interplay. It's Valve. Steam has saved the PC market. The only thing as good as Steam is Blizzard.
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#18
imperialreign
by: Ravenas
One hope? Lol if anything it's not interplay. It's Valve. Steam has saved the PC market. The only thing as good as Steam is Blizzard.
we haven't seen anything from Interplay in years . . . back in the day they were always coming up with games worth playing, although they did make some for consoles as well
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#19
Ravenas
by: imperialreign
we haven't seen anything from Interplay in years . . . back in the day they were always coming up with games worth playing, although they did make some for consoles as well
I agree, they make good games. However, I disagree in the fact that they will somehow be the one hope for PC gaming. :laugh:
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#20
yogurt_21
by: candle_86
Activion has always made quality products remember, this isnt EA where talking about, though there is one company i miss, Interplay
no kidding, interplay was awesome, now I can't get some of their old games to work fdue to alck of support. but I did manage to score a mint copy of klingon academy which i promptly defiled by opening and playing lol.


but yeah activision has had some good games and it's not like blizzard is going to abandon their typical habits.
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#21
candle_86
oh i want that yogurt, all i have in my collection from interplay

Start Trek 25th Anniversary
Starfleet Acadamey
Startfleet Command
Starfleet Command 2 + EXP

I missing KA. Actully KA is one of the biggers ones im missing from my entire collection lol

Star Trek a Final Unity
Star Trek 25th Anniversary
Starfleet Acadamey
Starfleet Command
Starfleet Command 2 + EXP
Starfleet Command 3
Star Trek Bridge Commander
Star Trek Armada
Star Trek Armada II
Star Trek Voyager Elite Force + EXP
Star Trek Elite Force II
Star Trek Away Team
Star Trek Starship Creator
Star Trek Legacy

So i have most of the popular ones just no KA
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#22
Mussels
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world of call of duty?
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