Neoseeker : News : Activision Blizzard now an independent company, acquires $5.83 billion in shares from Vivendi
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Bale Fire Jul 25, 13
It will be interesting to see just how exactly this impacts on Activision Blizzard. Of course it will probably take a few years before we see any major changes.
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Zombie_Barioth Jul 26, 13
quote Bale Fire
It will be interesting to see just how exactly this impacts on Activision Blizzard. Of course it will probably take a few years before we see any major changes.
Agreed, I'd like to think it'll mostly business as usual since they're so used to working a certain way, but then again who knows. This is the time to implement any changes they've been wanting to make but couldn't.
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Crusad3r Jul 26, 13
Activision and Blizzard are some of the oldest names in the business. I'm sure they'll be fine.
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S-I-E Jul 26, 13
quote Crusad3r
Activision and Blizzard are some of the oldest names in the business. I'm sure they'll be fine.
in a world like this you can never be too sure. the bigger they are the harder they fall, just look at atari they once had a very successful business :/

not too mention how the rules in trade work. one's funeral is another's fortune.
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Saevus Jul 26, 13
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Yet it was under Vivendi's majority that franchises like Call of Duty, Skylanders and World of Warcraft became so hugely successful.
the success of those games had nothing to do with the parent company and everything to do with the games themselves. vivendi just owned them.

it's not unlike somebody owning say the songs by the beatles. the proprietary rights have zero bearing on the quality of the product. making your comments less than insightful.
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bluexy Jul 26, 13
quote Saevus
it's not unlike somebody owning say the songs by the Beatles. the proprietary rights have zero bearing on the quality of the product. making your comments less than insightful.
It would not be unlike that if, say, every time the beatles wanted to make a record, go on tour, or make a decision to use their finances, they had to report to a board of directors that included both members of their band and businessmen at Vivendi. Unfortunately for the Beatles, Vivendi holds a majority share of them, so ultimately they wouldn't have the last say in any decision.
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Saevus Jul 26, 13
no they wouldn't have a last say but at the same time vivendi isn't coming down to blizzard's studios and saying, "hey, we've decided we're scrapping dragons and going with pandas this time".

they care about a windfall for their investors. activision-blizzard's end of the deal is to make the games. if you truly believe the creative design behind what has been their successes has been wrested by vivendi then so be it. the point is, if something's good then it's going to be good regardless of who owns it.
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Danger Jul 26, 13
I've seen similar things happen with football teams, where the team is struggling financially and it goes public to generate finances, that money then goes straight back into the team. This is the same setup but a large chunk of the finances are going to the parent company instead of the "team".

Bit of a shady move on Vivendi's part but it was done to protect themselves, for the time being anyway. I think Activision Blizzard will go on from this relatively unscathed and free from the being tied to a debt ridden company, which should allow them a bit more freedom in future.
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SpartanNinja Jul 26, 13
quote Saevus
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Yet it was under Vivendi's majority that franchises like Call of Duty, Skylanders and World of Warcraft became so hugely successful.
the success of those games had nothing to do with the parent company and everything to do with the games themselves. vivendi just owned them.

it's not unlike somebody owning say the songs by the beatles. the proprietary rights have zero bearing on the quality of the product. making your comments less than insightful.
The fact that they were financially backed up by Vivendi means more than you think. Dont see more than a handful of triple A indies now do you?
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Saevus Jul 26, 13
someone giving you money is always a great thing and provides you with an opportunity to do more than you could have done without. it doesn't necessarily turn silver into gold, though.
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Zombie_Barioth Jul 26, 13
quote Saevus
someone giving you money is always a great thing and provides you with an opportunity to do more than you could have done without. it doesn't necessarily turn silver into gold, though.
Thats true, but when your on someone else's dime you have to justify every expense. Just because Activision-Blizzard has a good idea doesn't mean it'll get the green light. They have a good enough portfolio of games that they probably get a lot of leway though.
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Crusad3r Jul 26, 13
quote S-I-E
quote Crusad3r
Activision and Blizzard are some of the oldest names in the business. I'm sure they'll be fine.
in a world like this you can never be too sure. the bigger they are the harder they fall, just look at atari they once had a very successful business :/

not too mention how the rules in trade work. one's funeral is another's fortune.
Mainly cause Atari, in my opinion, focused too much on hardware. Activision and Blizzard has always focused on the software side of things (though Activision did dabble in arcade games a few decades back). With Activision making popular console games and Blizzard making some of the most popular PC games in the world in every generation, I'm sure that partnership will do them just fine without a parent company watching over them.
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annihilate Jul 30, 13
I'm not a financial expert by any means, ... , Yet it was under Vivendi's majority that franchises like Call of Duty, Skylanders and World of Warcraft became so hugely successful.

2 contradictory statements, and the second statement is the most ignorant thing i've heard in a long time.

Vivendi has nothing to do with how successful COD and WOW was, those games built up their fame naturally and totally separately, it was the work of many years before that, Vivendi is a news company, no point, now that Activision Blizzard is independent , that makes Blizzard finally out of the vivendi clutches, and I can see better things to come, but the downside is, blizzard is still stuck with Kotick who doesn't have gamer background and doesn't care about quality much.

This is probably the best case scenario that happened here, I don't know why it's so hard to see this by many people still "speculating", ofcourse it's awesome, but if this will be reflected in game quality remains to be seen, if they re-direct money to research they gave vivendi then, holy smokes, but bobby never going to do that.
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