Nov 13th 2008 10:00PM Well done, and special kudos to the disc priest, holding out for all this time with no personal benefit. Quite nice to have the weekend off, without any of that pesky levelling to do, I imagine ...
Nov 13th 2008 9:03PM Those realms have experienced extreme queues today that hit 4 digits and grew to three hours in some cases. Also, at least some of them have only recently completed a round of more traditional free transfers with more than one destination realm. I think this is a stop-gap measure to provide some fast relief to those problems. All of these realms are PvP realms, which happen to be much more inequal in terms of population than PvE ones in Europe, and only one pairing is of PvP-RP servers. I think they just picked the realms with the longest queues and found one suitable partner for each without to many qualms. If it will help is another matter - the destination servers tend to be close to atrophy and provide a poor game experience in many respects, so people are extremely reluctant to migrate there. I believe that US realms are generally considerably bigger than their European equivalents, which might alleviate this somewhat, even smaller servers providing viable communites.
Jul 9th 2008 5:56AM Actually, you got that wrong. What is merging with Activision is the games division of Vivendi, Vivendi Games, the main asset of which is Blizzard, but also some other games companies like Sierra. Its parent company, Vivendi, will have a 52% (and hence controlling) stake in the newly formed entity, Activision Blizzard. Vivendi itself is a fairly large media conglomerate, a member of the French CAC40 as well as the Eurostoxx50 indices, and isn't going anywhere at the moment.