1. Post #1
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    Vivendi executives reportedly considering offloading games business in reorganization; market value projected at $13.4 billion.

    LOS ANGELES--The industry's largest third-party publisher might be for sale. According to a Bloomberg report, senior executives of Activision Blizzard parent Vivendi are meeting later this month to determine whether they want to sell the telecom giant's majority stake in the game developer.

    Citing "people with knowledge of the matter," Bloomberg reports that the Vivendi executive meeting is scheduled for June 22, with the possibility of an Activision Blizzard sale being the main point of discussion. The telecom company has reportedly been meeting with investors to discuss a variety of possible reorganizations recently, including spinning off the cable television division Canal Plus.

    In late 2007, Vivendi announced an $18.9 billion merger between its own games group--which included Blizzard and its World of Warcraft business--and Activision, which at the time was riding high on the success of Guitar Hero and Call of Duty.
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    Well, lets get saving up!
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  2. Post #2
    kill yourself
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    June 2006
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    i've got a buck in my wallet, i'll call them up and make my offer
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  3. Post #3
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    Dennab
    August 2005
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    I wouldn't buy it.
    I'd have to buy its DLC aswell, which would probably cost the same.
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  4. Post #4
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    July 2007
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    My uncle got a huge sword for his 3 year anniversery working there.

    And two to three copies of every game made by blizzard, with free lifetime.

    I like blizzard
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  5. Post #5
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    Then EA buys it and creates the Satan of Video Game development.
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    August 2008
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    I wouldn't buy it.
    I'd have to buy its DLC aswell, which would probably cost the same.
    Exclusive!
    Treyarch and Infinity Ward DLC!
    Only $20m!
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  7. Post #7
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    November 2008
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    Then EA buys it and creates the Satan of Video Game development.
    That will be the actual company name.
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  8. Post #8
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    Gabe newell start a kickstarter for us to buy this for you.
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  9. Post #9
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    My uncle got a huge sword for his 3 year anniversery working there.

    And two to three copies of every game made by blizzard, with free lifetime.

    I like blizzard
    blizzard has a damn good studio place if I do say so myself. your uncle is lucky to work there man.



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  10. Post #10
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    November 2006
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    blizzard has a damn good studio place if I do say so myself. your uncle is lucky to work there man.



    holy shit

    it's like a dorm room, except you work there
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  11. Post #11
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    July 2007
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    blizzard has a damn good studio place if I do say so myself. your uncle is lucky to work there man.




    What the fuck. I need to work for blizzard, thats awesome. He used to work for Disney doing cinematic for like 10 years and then just walked in to blizzard and got a job.
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  12. Post #12
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    blizzard has a damn good studio place if I do say so myself. your uncle is lucky to work there man.



    10 dollars times 10 million each month for 10 years is a nice thing, decorates your office nicely at least.
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  13. Post #13
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    this is activision blizzard, not blizzard
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  14. Post #14
    kill yourself
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    June 2006
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    this is activision blizzard, not blizzard
    right but if you buy activision blizzard i would hope you get their subsidiaries
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  15. Post #15
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    October 2007
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    Start a kickstarter to buy it and shut it down

    We can do this, it's only a couple billion

    If it got the same number of backers as the Double Fine Adventure, each backer would only need to donate $154,000

    Let's go
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  16. Post #16
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    July 2011
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    Please fucking please no oh god no.

    Blizzard is a state as it is after Activision stuck their big fucking noses in just after the first expansion, they've already fucked WoW up completely. World of Casualcraft.

    Fuck sake.
    Yes i'm very VERY mad.
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  17. Post #17
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    January 2010
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    1) Buy Activision Blizzard
    2) Seperate Activision and Blizzard
    3) Sell Activision off to some Sap
    4) Own Blizzard and be forever awesome.
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  19. Post #19
    Delicious Caramel
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    June 2006
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    Let me get my checkbook.
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  20. Post #20
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    August 2006
    864 Posts
    I just wish Valve had enough money to buy them, then they could actually become a good company (I love Blizzard but fuck Activision).
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  21. Post #21
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    May 2011
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    I just wish Valve had enough money to buy them, then they could actually become a good company (I love Blizzard but fuck Activision).
    i was going to reply to this but


    Team Fortress 2
    25.7 hrs / 2,199.3 hrs









    something told me you wouldn't listen
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  22. Post #22
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    April 2009
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    The only good thing about Activision Blizzard is that Activision has very little power at Blizzard's
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  23. Post #23
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    March 2005
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    10 dollars times 10 million each month for 10 years is a nice thing, decorates your office nicely at least.
    I'm pretty sure the WoW subscription fee is 15 dollars.
    And all their games are $60, and they don't discount for at least 15 years.
    And they built an entire game around a real-money auction house where they take 15% of every transaction.
    And every game is this gear-dependent grindfest specifically designed to suck players in and trick them into believing that they're making 'progress' when really they're just wasting away in front of a computer.
    And they put always-online DRM into single-player games and are vehemently against anything vaguely resembling an ounce of privacy.

    But yeah, they're pretty OK if you look past the fact that they have the GDP of a few small nations because they exploit the shit out of a community of unquestioning fans.
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  24. Post #24
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    August 2005
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    Go Valve!
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  26. Post #26
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    May 2005
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    Please fucking please no oh god no.

    Blizzard is a state as it is after Activision stuck their big fucking noses in just after the first expansion, they've already fucked WoW up completely. World of Casualcraft.

    Fuck sake.
    Yes i'm very VERY mad.
    Activision doesn't have creative control over Blizzard's products

    I'm pretty sure the WoW subscription fee is 15 dollars.
    And all their games are $60, and they don't discount for at least 15 years.
    And they built an entire game around a real-money auction house where they take 15% of every transaction.
    It takes resources to run the RMAH and provide customer service for it, not to mention making profit is kinda the whole point of a business, and the RMAH is an optional service that you don't need to use. The game isn't built around it.

    And every game is this gear-dependent grindfest specifically designed to suck players in and trick them into believing that they're making 'progress' when really they're just wasting away in front of a computer.
    You could make this "wasting away in front of a computer" argument about pretty much every game ever invented. I guess we should all stop watching television or anything entertaining because we're just wasting away in front of a screen.

    And they put always-online DRM into single-player games and are vehemently against anything vaguely resembling an ounce of privacy.
    Diablo 3 isn't a single player game. And how are they violating anyone's privacy?
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  27. Post #27
    dubstep
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    Imagine if Facebook acquired it and started putting out games.
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  28. Post #28
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    April 2009
    2,230 Posts
    Imagine if Facebook acquired it and started putting out games.
    Call of Duty: Friends Wall Warfare
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  29. Post #29
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    April 2008
    5,450 Posts
    I'll never understand why Blizzard is going for sale. I thought they were doing pretty damn good what with all their WoW cash cows.
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  30. Post #30
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    March 2005
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    I'll never understand why Blizzard is going for sale. I thought they were doing pretty damn good what with all their WoW cash cows.
    And Activision makes ungodly amounts of cash by running Call of Duty into the ground.
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  31. Post #31
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    August 2005
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    Cause a 13.6 billion payout will please the top execs more than trickle profits over 10+ years.
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  32. Post #32
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    March 2005
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    It takes resources to run the RMAH and provide customer service for it, not to mention making profit is kinda the whole point of a business, and the RMAH is an optional service that you don't need to use. The game isn't built around it.
    It takes minimal resources to run the RMAH, once it's up and running. It's an automated service.
    The game is built around it. The RMAH would not be possible without the gear-dependent gameplay that Blizzard perpetuates. The items that drop are random to the point that it is exceedingly uncommon for a player to find anything that is good for themselves, which encourages RMAH traffic. The excuse that Blizzard keeps making about D3's always-online DRM (running on their servers, with all the expected problems) is that it prevents item duping, necessary for the RMAH to work. The game is short, but you don't need to invest resources into the game itself when you can dump it all into RMAH development and have your stupid fans gathering virtual gear to prepare themselves for unavoidable damage and artificial difficulty in inferno mode.

    You could make this "wasting away in front of a computer" argument about pretty much every game ever invented. I guess we should all stop watching television or anything entertaining because we're just wasting away in front of a screen.
    It's really not on the same level as people who play Blizzard games. You're expected to play a good 40 hours a week to keep up. It becomes a second job.
    I say this as someone who got sucked into the trap for a good three years or so.

    Diablo 3 isn't a single player game. And how are they violating anyone's privacy?
    Well, with its limit of four people per game, it's certainly not an MMO. It has a single-player mode, which I found myself playing more often than multiplayer because my friends break apart into the ones who level and acquire gear too fast and the ones who take their time, with me stuck somewhere in the middle. When there actually are people around your level, you should be able to play LAN, but Blizzard doesn't believe in things that make sense.

    There's no way to appear offline or log out of the Battle.net service while playing, and you automatically join a server-wide "general" chat whenever you join without any option to disable it (you can leave each and every time the game starts, but it gets really old really quick).
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  33. Post #33
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    Lets start a kickstarter called "buy activision Blizzard"

    WE can do it!
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  34. Post #34
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    It's because they know that you can only milk the cow so much. It's like squeezing out the sponge and selling the dried out wrinkled remains.
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    I'm pretty sure the WoW subscription fee is 15 dollars.
    And all their games are $60, and they don't discount for at least 15 years.
    And they built an entire game around a real-money auction house where they take 15% of every transaction.
    And every game is this gear-dependent grindfest specifically designed to suck players in and trick them into believing that they're making 'progress' when really they're just wasting away in front of a computer.
    And they put always-online DRM into single-player games and are vehemently against anything vaguely resembling an ounce of privacy.

    But yeah, they're pretty OK if you look past the fact that they have the GDP of a few small nations because they exploit the shit out of a community of unquestioning fans.
    yeah i mean its not like people who play blizzard games actually enjoy them, i mean LOL who do they think they are, valve?
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  36. Post #36
    What's brevity?
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    June 2006
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    Then EA buys it and creates the Satan of Video Game development.
    If that happens, it'd be like the twist in Act 3 of Diablo III, and horrible HORRIBLE things would happen.
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  37. Post #37
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    March 2005
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    yeah i mean its not like people who play blizzard games actually enjoy them, i mean LOL who do they think they are, valve?
    People who play Blizzard games play Blizzard games because other people play Blizzard games and they feel reassured by the game's popularity. It's the same system that fuels the popularity of the ever-declining Call of Duty series.

    If you hit popularity critical mass, you can do whatever the fuck you want and never lose your undying fan base.
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  38. Post #38
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    I'm pretty sure the WoW subscription fee is 15 dollars.
    And all their games are $60, and they don't discount for at least 15 years.
    And they built an entire game around a real-money auction house where they take 15% of every transaction.
    And every game is this gear-dependent grindfest specifically designed to suck players in and trick them into believing that they're making 'progress' when really they're just wasting away in front of a computer.
    And they put always-online DRM into single-player games and are vehemently against anything vaguely resembling an ounce of privacy.

    But yeah, they're pretty OK if you look past the fact that they have the GDP of a few small nations because they exploit the shit out of a community of unquestioning fans.


    You're just mad cause blizzard probably banned you from cheating in a game.
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  39. Post #39
    kill yourself
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    People who play Blizzard games play Blizzard games because other people play Blizzard games and they feel reassured by the game's popularity. It's the same system that fuels the popularity of the ever-declining Call of Duty series.
    I don't understand why people like you feel qualified to say why video games are popular
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  40. Post #40
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    You're just mad cause blizzard probably banned you from cheating in a game.
    I'm not sure if you're joking or not.

    I don't understand why people like you feel qualified to say why video games are popular
    Because I've wasted so much of my time and money on them, and I observe how the community behaves.
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