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4-12-2009 @ 5:18PM
Very nice article - its always nice to hear it from an insider..here at.. wow..insider. Ahem.
4-12-2009 @ 9:59PM
Though this article is correct, it doesn't exactly stress what is happening. Vivendi is the marketing company, or rather publisher as you call it. Blizzard and Activision or video game making companies under this marketing company. Vivendi says "Hey, you guys both make video games, we'll merge you so you can benefit eachother". Like you said, Activision isn't making any shots over at Blizzard. BUT, Vivendi is still. They were and always will. They front this money, they want it back. A good way to find out what Vivendi is, go to their website. They are the financial company to other big companies everyone knows. Activision, Blizzard, Universal, Maroc telecom, and some other companies that I never heard of and probably aren't in the U.S. They didn't merge Universal and Blizzard, cause they make different stuff. Activision and Blizzard make the same type of products. Yet, I would put money that Universal will be making the Warcraft movie that we've heard so little about.
4-13-2009 @ 2:22PM
BigBiker is Absolutly right.Activision did not purchase Blizzard. VINDEVI purchased Blizzard. It then went "Hey, we have two game companies now. Hmmm... It seems kinda retarded to have them compete against each other when both work for us now, so we'll merge them together."Ta-da!Yes, Vindevi has held activision for much longer. But I don't think they are so stupid to believe that they should make blizzard do things the way activision does them, because obviously there is evidence that blizzard does things differently and it works for them.Blizzard is the company that throws out games slowly, but with exceptional quality and each one is a blockbuster. Activision is the one that throws out games quickly, without the quality of Blizzard's titles.The two serve different functions, obviously. Blizzard is effectively a profitable asset, although a 100% profit on 20 bucks is not as much as a 10% profit on 300 bucks.Activision is the one that generates revenues first, profits second. Therefore it is easy to see that really, there is no reason to merge the two companies or how they do business.Now Vindevi might push blizzard to meet certain holiday deadlines. However, why push blizzard to meet those deadlines if activision is going to be releasing a ton of pushed titles then anyways? The two must not compete.If anything, Activision comes out poorer in this merger than Blizzard. Activision is the factory which pushes out games. If you need games to be made for the holiday season, Activision is going to be put under the yoke before blizzard is.
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