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We're pleased to announce that along with the other companies that make up Vivendi Games, we are merging with Activision to form a new global entertainment organization called Activision Blizzard (pending shareholder and regulatory approval). Similar to our previous arrangement, Blizzard Entertainment will now operate as a division of this new organization.


There will be no changes to our games, our websites, our personnel, or our day-to-day operations as a result of the deal. However, this combining of resources will benefit all of the companies involved and will further strengthen Blizzard's ability to continue delivering high-quality content for our players around the world for many years to come. To learn more about this exciting new development, please read our Activision Blizzard FAQ.


Activision's noteable holdings/partnerships include:

-RedOctane (Guitar Hero series)


-Dreamworks SKG


-Exclusive rights to the Spiderman movies (past present and future)


Vivendi's noteable holdings/partnerships include:

-20% of NBC Universal, which includes Universal Studios Hollywood, Orlando, Japan



-Canal (french media group)

-A&M Records

-Dreamworks Records

-Hollywood Records

-Interscope Records (Def Jam, Island, G-Unit, and Myspace records under this umbrella)

-Universal Music Group Nashville (Universal, Motown, Cash Money, Bad Boy records under this umbrella)

-Various other small labels, domestic and foreign


Vivendi will be a 68% shareholder under this new merger with Activision. Anyways, just thought it was interesting Blizzard will now be working closely with the folks at RedOctane, Neversoft, Dreamworks, etc.


Q: If Activision Blizzard is a public company, does that mean I'll now be able to buy stock in Blizzard?

A: Activision will be renamed Activision Blizzard, Inc and will continue to be a publicly listed company traded on NASDAQ. You will be able to buy stock in the combined company.


Wonder how much shares will go for?

Edited by Hana

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This is less of a merger and more of a Vevindi selling off a large chunck of their company to make a quick buck.


Wonder how much shares will go for?


Currently $25.67. Up 15.89% from Friday closing. I should seriously look into putting a piece of my 401k into video game stocks.

Edited by Hykos

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