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舊 12-03-07, 06:17 AM   #1
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Activision, Vivendi (Blizzard母公司) 合併組成 Activision Blizzard


The companies behind Call of Duty and World of Warcraft are merging in a deal which could shake up the global video games industry.
Activision and Blizzard have said they will form "the world's most profitable games business" in a deal worth $18.8bn (£9.15bn).

US-based Activision also makes hit console games such as the Tony Hawk series and Guitar Hero.

Nine million people pay a monthly subscription to play World of Warcraft.

'High-growth industry'

Blizzard is the biggest player in online gaming and Warcraft is the global market leader of what are known as massively multi-player online role-playing games, or MMORPGs.

It is currently owned by the French media group Vivendi.

As part of the merger plan, Blizzard will invest $2bn in the new company, while Activision is putting up $1bn.

The merged business will be called Activision Blizzard and its chief executive will be Activision's current CEO Bobby Kotick. Vivendi will be the biggest shareholder in the group.

Jean-Bernard Levy, Vivendi chief executive, said: "This alliance is a major strategic step for Vivendi and is another illustration of our drive to extend our presence in the entertainment sector.

"By combining Vivendi's games business with Activision, we are creating a worldwide leader in a high-growth industry."

Different strengths

The two firms are hoping that their different strengths will combine to form a business which is powerful on every gaming platform and in every territory.

Blizzard is strong in Asia, where its Starcraft series has proved hugely popular.

Starcraft, a strategy game first released in 1998, is played by millions of South Koreans in gaming cyber-cafes, and by professional gamers on television.

Activision has developed a presence on all three new generation game consoles - Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony's PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii - with franchises such as Spider-Man and X-Men.

The games software industry has been through turbulent years, with companies changing ownership and going in and out of business in rapid succession.

Activision was formed in 1979 and went through bankruptcy and a series of alliances and mergers before becoming successful.

Blizzard had been through a number of owners before ending up in the hands of Vivendi in 1998.
File this under "straight out of left field" -- Activision, the publishing powerhouse behind the Call of Duty and Tony Hawk series; and Vivendi Games, owner of Blizzard Entertainment, which you probably don't need us to tell you is behind the Warcraft and Starcraft series, are coming together to form "the world's most profitable games business," cleverly named Activision Blizzard.

The reports we've read so far seem to confuse the matter of Vivendi's role in the merger, and who will be "wearing the pants" in the relationship, so to speak. As we understand it, Vivendi and Activision will be the ones who are merging, despite Blizzard's name being in the company's new moniker. Vivendi will own approximately 52% of the ownership stake in Activision Blizzard, though Activision's current CEO, Bobby Kotick, will take the chief executive position in the new company.

Jean-Bernard Lévy, Vivendi's chief executive, expressed his excitement about the supercollision -- "We look forward to being an active and supportive majority stockholder in a company that is poised to lead the worldwide interactive entertainment industry in the years ahead."

We'll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we get a clearer understanding of the details of the merger. No doubt the internet will be abuzz with industry analysts chiming in about the ramifications of this huge business deal. We predict to see elves on skateboards by first quarter 2008, but we'll leave the conjecture up to the big dogs.

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此篇文章於 12-03-07 06:19 AM 被 Metal Gear NT 編輯。
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舊 12-03-07, 01:39 PM   #2
God of Gamer
註冊日期: Apr 2002
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1up訪問Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime

基本上不會在任何遊戲出現Activision Blizzard的logo,Blizzard或Activision的遊戲仍會保留舊的logo。他亦說不會有任何壞影響(當然一定要這樣說...),好的影響會是公司資金雄厚了,更容易吸引好的人材,調配資金更容易,某些遊戲亦沒必要因為趕及財政年度而勉強推出。
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舊 12-04-07, 12:53 AM   #3
God of Gamer
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公佈的pdf內,見到有話會出Call of Duty 5, Guitar Hero 4, new Tony Hawk, new James Bond, new DreamWorks titles, new Marvel titles(Marvel的遊戲版權在Activision手上直至2017年), new racing game by Bizzare(冇得出PGR,不過其實冇乜所謂,新賽車game未又係甘玩,重可能有新意念)

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舊 12-04-07, 07:19 AM   #4
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I want new RTS like Warcraft... :P

or anything base on that universe

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舊 12-04-07, 03:53 PM   #5
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