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Old 06-08-2012, 09:03 PM
Activision Blizzard for sale?

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Vivendi executives reportedly considering offloading games business in reorganization; market value projected at $13.4 billion.
http://e3.gamespot.com/story/6381404...zzard-for-sale


Interesting!

Who would be in a position to buy though? Microsoft maybe?
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:21 AM
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http://e3.gamespot.com/story/6381404...zzard-for-sale


Interesting!

Who would be in a position to buy though? Microsoft maybe?
MS would rule the world of video games is that were to happen. I just don't think they would be aggressive enough to make a move like that, but it would be amazing.
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Old 06-09-2012, 02:13 PM
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MS would rule the world of video games is that were to happen. I just don't think they would be aggressive enough to make a move like that, but it would be amazing.
I agree. That would effectively destroy Sony's chance of having a competitive PS4, and Nintendo is already basically killing itself.
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Old 06-09-2012, 03:49 PM
I was relieved when Apple said they had no intentions in jumping into the consol market. Watch them be missleading bastards and purches Blizz/Activiosion as a first step in that exact direction. God i hope that doesn't happen.
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:08 PM
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I was relieved when Apple said they had no intentions in jumping into the consol market. Watch them be missleading bastards and purches Blizz/Activiosion as a first step in that exact direction. God i hope that doesn't happen.
Apple has said repeatedly they aren't interested in gaming. But they certainly have the cash on hand to buy this. I hope that doesn't happen as well.

Another doomsday scenario is EA buys it, and that's basically the end of video games as we know it.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:08 PM
Is there any further news on this? I would hate to see it happen.
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:12 AM
Haven't heard anything. The problem may be that they are just asking too much. Sony is in bad shape financially, so they couldn't. EA doesn't have that kind of money. MS could afford it, but as was pointed out on a podcast I listen too, it wouldn't make sense for them to because Activision is a multiplatform publisher and that's were they make money. MS would lose a ton of money on the deal.
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:06 PM
Blizzard/Activision is a weird beast. On 1 side Blizzard got few franchises ( WoW , Diablo , SC ) but the fanbase is pretty much the most loyal/vocal fanbase around and they make shitload of money.

Activision is worth more in term of capitalisation but the fishing net on the market is so wide that the profit margin is a lot less stellar than Blizzard ( CoD and Guitar Hero were smashing hits but the rest was meh )

If Activision sells Blizzard , it would be like me selling my left leg.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:28 AM
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Blizzard/Activision is a weird beast. On 1 side Blizzard got few franchises ( WoW , Diablo , SC ) but the fanbase is pretty much the most loyal/vocal fanbase around and they make shitload of money.

Activision is worth more in term of capitalisation but the fishing net on the market is so wide that the profit margin is a lot less stellar than Blizzard ( CoD and Guitar Hero were smashing hits but the rest was meh )

If Activision sells Blizzard , it would be like me selling my left leg.
I literally know nothign about the video game market but it would seem to me that CoD has produced so much money, and it keeps on giving once a year, that it can keep them afloat pretty easily.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:40 AM
Some new info:

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Microsoft among potential buyers for Activision Blizzard - Report
July 11, 2012 6:21AM PDT
By Eddie Makuch, News Editor

Vivendi banking reps reportedly in talks with Halo studio, Time Warner, Tencent, and others about purchase of Call of Duty, WOW studio.

Could Halo and Call of Duty one day be made under the same roof? Reuters reports that Vivendi has enlisted the help of a bank to speak with potential buyers for Activision Blizzard, and the list includes Microsoft, Time Warner, Tencent, and a group of private equity firms.
Call of Chief: Master Warfare?

"It's nothing official yet, but they've asked a bank to go and talk to possible buyers for Activision," a source close to Vivendi's board told the news agency.

Vivendi presently owns a 60 percent stake in Activision Blizzard, and stands to raise close to $10 billion by offloading the company, the sources said.

While Microsoft has the capital to purchase Activision Blizzard, the source told Reuters the Seattle technology giant is currently focused on building its next-generation Xbox.

"They probably don't want to distract themselves too much, but they are the ones who, if they want to stay in games, would think about owning some of these big franchises, not just providing the consoles," the source said.

As for Tencent, earlier this month, Activision Blizzard announced a deal with the Chinese company to bring Call of Duty: Online to China as a free-to-play game. However, a banker speaking to Reuters believes Tencent taking full ownership of Microsoft would be a "big step" because of the companies' varying business models.

"[Activision Blizzard] have two big franchises, Call of Duty on the console side and World of War Craft on the MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) side. And China is not a big market for console businesses; online games are much bigger for various reasons," said the unnamed banker.

As of press time, neither Activision Blizzard, Microsoft, nor Tencent had responded to GameSpot's requests for comment.

Despite Activision Blizzard's success with the Call of Duty series and World of Warcraft, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter suggested in June that Vivendi might not have many suitors for the game maker.

"The problem is there are no readily apparent buyers for Activision," Pachter said at the time. "The only option left to Vivendi is to lever up Activision's balance sheet and pay out all of its cash as a dividend, then spin the company off."

It is unclear if Pachter still holds this belief, and as of press time, he had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

It first came out that Vivendi was looking to offload Activision Blizzard in June, when a Bloomberg report stated Vivendi's board was planning to meet to discuss selling its majority stake in the game maker. Later that month, Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy was ousted for butting heads with the board regarding the firm's restructuring plans. And a new report suggested if a single buyer could not be found, the company would look to unload its shares on the open market.
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At first i thought this was saying that Microsoft is in actual talks to buy but it seem its more that Vivendi is having to go looking for buyers instead of having them come to them, which is troubling.

What could it be about this deal that seems so unappealing? Are the CoD's starting to stall? Has WoW lost THAT many subscribers that its in even a small amount of danger? Is Vivendi asking too much ($10 bil)?
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:11 PM
I wonder why Vivendi is selling in the first place... they have raised Blizzard from little tyke to the successful adult it is today.
Im worried about this whole ordeal.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:11 PM
Blizzard is largely run by folks at Activision now. I don't think Vivendi micro manages in that sense.

I am interested as well as to why they are selling. Call of Duty is a license to print money.

Maybe there is huge issues with Blizzard next MMO Titan, and that's what they were expecting to float the company for the next 10 years? It's all speculation I guess.

Hopefully Blizzard just buys itself... if that's even possible lol.
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