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Vivendi May Sell Activision Blizzard to Microsoft or Time Warner

Vivendi is strangled by a pile of only slowly declining debt that currently stands at about $15.5 billion. The sale of Activision Blizzard, which is majority-owned by Vivendi, could alleviate the growing pain substantially. The 60 percent stake Vivendi holds is estimated to be worth about $10 billion. According to Reuters, Vivendi may have started fielding potential buyers, which reportedly include Time Warner as well as Microsoft.

When asked for comment, both companies declined to comment on Activision Blizzard, but did not deny their interest either. Similarly, Vivendi did not deny that Activision Blizzard is for sale and said that "all options are on the table". As attractive as Activision Blizzard may be as a game publisher, it would be relatively easy for Vivendi to part ways as it is not a core business for the company.

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that will be killer if MS bought them teh xbox exclusives

they better sell it to time warner

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Activsion Blizzard and Microsoft are made for each other. Diablo 4 should use GFWL.


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Acti and MS both have similar business ethics
They would go hand in hand easily .. :P

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Acti and MS both have similar business ethics
They would go hand in hand easily .. :P

jis din MS le liya activision ko ....tu aur zodak toh us din ...nanga dance karega.... :giggle: :P

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if microsoft DOES acquire Activision, we could be looking at the next big thing. I mean, COD is bigger than hollywood right now! That IP alone, if exclusive to xbox, would kill off all other platforms without a second thought.

Time warner on the other hand? Not so much. Remember what they did with WCW? A lot of what Eric Bischoffs later interviews stated that Time warner didnt have an understanding of what wrestling was about, and that led to the downfall of WCW even though they were the cash cow. Id hate to see that happen to Activision, simply because acti is yet to put online passes in its games, unlike crapcom.

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BUY IT MS...Saalun lelo....kuch toh exclusives hongey :|

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aacha waise hi jaise tuney UC3 k launch par kiya tha ?... :bigyellowgrin:

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If this happens, Bungie will join MS again :rofl:


Bungie and MS - Rab ne bana di jodi :bigyellowgrin:




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Edited by Zodakô, 11 July 2012 - 07:25 PM.

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What if Sony aquires them? Next Xbox dead? COD will be PS3 exclusive, Bungie will make Halo rip offs for PS3. They should quit R&D and buy Activision Blizzard. :rofl:

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Sony k paas itney paise nahi.. :P

I will sell my ps3 and 360 for free, if Sony is able to buy Activision for 10b$... :bigyellowgrin:


This makes so much sense..Diablo' 90% sales are on Windows PC & COD 70% sales are on 360...and both platforms are owned by MS..... :)

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What if Sony aquires them? Next Xbox dead? COD will be PS3 exclusive, Bungie will make Halo rip offs for PS3. They should quit R&D and buy Activision Blizzard. :rofl:



Sony k paas itney paise nahi.. :P

I will sell my ps3 and 360 for free, if Sony is able to buy Activision for 10b$... :bigyellowgrin:


This makes so much sense..Diablo' 90% sales are on Windows PC & COD 70% sales are on 360...and both platforms are owned by MS..... :)

Honestly, I personally dont want want sony to spend so much on these cod and all...big waste of money. I would instead like them to buy square enix some day....that will be some day.

I would also like to see them buying crash bandicoot from activision and give it to naughty dog to make it. Next best thing to happen for sony and nd fans.

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:( sony created crash bandicoot , now he is dying in chambers of activision , if MS takes over , this would be the ultimate irony till now , MS Will hopefully make crash games but all of em exclusives to xbox , what is happening , someone buy crash bandicoot from AV
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I would instead like them to buy square enix some day....that will be some day.


that day will never come.... :bigyellowgrin:

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If this happens, Bungie will join MS again :rofl:


Bungie and MS - Rab ne bana di jodi :bigyellowgrin:




DIABLO 4 - GFWL and Better with Kinect :rofl: ...Spin will commit suicide :rofl:

Bungie is not owned by Acti ..
They just have a publishing deal with Acti

What if Sony aquires them? Next Xbox dead? COD will be PS3 exclusive, Bungie will make Halo rip offs for PS3. They should quit R&D and buy Activision Blizzard. :rofl:

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There’s a chance that the China-based Tencent may have interest in picking up the company due to their recent partnership with Activision Blizzard to release Call of Duty: Online.


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Why would sony wanna buy Activision? I don't think that will prove to be a good strategy. I strongly believe they can find better ways to invest 10 billion.

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Vivendi bought acti-blizz for 4bn$ and now selling for 10bn$ . Smart move , its only down hill for acti-blizz now . With no guitar hero and only COD/Blizz games its gonna be interesting to see sales of the Blops2.

Honestly, I personally dont want want sony to spend so much on these cod and all...big waste of money. I would instead like them to buy square enix some day....that will be some day.

I would also like to see them buying crash bandicoot from activision and give it to naughty dog to make it. Next best thing to happen for sony and nd fans.


Buying square would be the dumbest move ever . Their games already sell much more on Sony platforms (And Japan is their main target) , whats the point of buying them? Its not gonna convince many Xbox owners to switch over to. PS3. And buying Square Enix at this point they are probably bigger than SCE .

and there is no way ND will make crash bandicoot , they already stated they have no more interest in traditional platformers coz it doesnt sell anymore.
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Games for Windows Live is dead anyways .. It hasn't been updated for almost a year

Windows 8 is gonna support Xbox Live ..
And the Xbox hub on Windows 8 is pretty good

Vivendi bought acti-blizz for 4bn$ and now selling for 10bn$ . Smart move , its only down hill for acti-blizz now . With no guitar hero and only COD/Blizz games its gonna be interesting to see sales of the Blops2.

Troll Vivendi :lol:

Blizzard is rock solid as it was before ..
The pre-orders of Black Ops 2 are already more than the MW3 and Black Ops
Plus their partnership with Bungie
I don't see Acti going downhill

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Vivendi bought acti-blizz for 4bn$ and now selling for 10bn$ . Smart move , its only down hill for acti-blizz now . With no guitar hero and only COD/Blizz games its gonna be interesting to see sales of the Blops2.


Yep. MW3 was down (even if it was a small decline) when compared to BO. Its map packs have been on sale a couple of weeks after release. CoD wont be on top forever. And Acti pretty much put all their eggs in the CoD basket after closing down almost every other studio they had. So that leaves Blizz who are making PC specific games which wont find many takers on the console market.

Makes no sense for either platform holder (MS, Sony or Ninty) to put money into this. Esp not for 10 billion. Would be a terrible investment.

Of course having said that, bitter fanboys are always fun. So go for it MS.

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^^ yup , i honestly dont see Blops2 topping 1 with all the killers out this year.

Troll Vivendi :lol:

Blizzard is rock solid as it was before ..
The pre-orders of Black Ops 2 are already more than the MW3 and Black Ops
Plus their partnership with Bungie
I don't see Acti going downhill


Preorders might be high , but we need to see sales after it releases (what if it bombs in reviews? ) . And dont look at only COD , GH gave them f**kton of money and now its dead . Also dont forget WOW , which is also gone down a lot compared to 2006-2008 when it was at its peak. SC2 and D3 arent titles thats gonna ever work on consoles .


This isnt the same as buying some exclusive. Is buying this company worth it in the long run? What if the FPS craze dies out?

If Nintendo bought Square during the PS1 era it might have seemed like a great idea and turned tables in PS1 vs N64, but whats happened to the great FF franchise now?
10bn$ is HUUUGE , you can say MS is rich or watever but the reason they ARE rich is coz of smart decisions and this doesnt seem like one.


Also COD thrives because it is multiplatform , making it exclusive might end up hurting its sales (Could start losing to its competitors ). I think the big three have many expenses in their next gen consoles anyway . Spend money on making and promoting new games.

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Why would sony wanna buy Activision? I don't think that will prove to be a good strategy. I strongly believe they can find better ways to invest 10 billion.


Exactly , 10 billion for a handful of top games , the publishers would be in a loss from the get go , sony is already suffering billions dollars worth losses , if they buy this AVB combo , it would be doomsday , plus gamers would stop playing call of duty since PS3 Controller is not that suited for shooters
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Vivendi bought acti-blizz for 4bn$ and now selling for 10bn$ . Smart move , its only down hill for acti-blizz now . With no guitar hero and only COD/Blizz games its gonna be interesting to see sales of the Blops2.



Buying square would be the dumbest move ever . Their games already sell much more on Sony platforms (And Japan is their main target) , whats the point of buying them? Its not gonna convince many Xbox owners to switch over to. PS3. And buying Square Enix at this point they are probably bigger than SCE .

and there is no way ND will make crash bandicoot , they already stated they have no more interest in traditional platformers coz it doesnt sell anymore.

Buying Square Enix ,will be one of the best decision ...atleast much better than buying Actvision.. Final Fantasy,Hitman,Tomb Raider ,JUst cause all these games are not just for Japan but are bigger hit in western countries.
also lara Croft,Agent 47 as Playstation Brand Mascot would be Awesome idea...marketing wise.
Sony will never look back again if they buy Square enix but that happening is a distant dream.



Also i think ND will love to make Crash Bandicoot,afterall they were the ones created it and they would like to get their hands on it again. They will make exception for crash series.

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You didnt get what i was trying to say . These games are already More popular on Sony platforms (dunno about tomb raider yet) , so there is no point spending billions of dollars to buy out the company.

Think about it , Final Fantasy sells 80% on PS3 and 20% on Xbox . What is the point of spending 10bn$ to get to attract that small 20% of fans to switch over to PS3? . Now if say MS had bought GTA exclusive to Xbox back then , thats a huge 17m people from PS2 who might switch over.

Also Square Enix is a bigger company than ActiBlizz , they do a lot more stuff other than games . And things that arent gonna help sony in anyway , what they gonna do? make a Playstation anime? or action figures.

Edit : Also this whole mascot gimmick and stuff died in the genesis era , nobody cares about mascot characters or anything nowadays. It worked well back then coz majority of gamers were kids and having a cool looking mascot on your console would get kids to buy it over some fat plumber.

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Vivendi bought acti-blizz for 4bn$ and now selling for 10bn$ . Smart move , its only down hill for acti-blizz now . With no guitar hero and only COD/Blizz games its gonna be interesting to see sales of the Blops2.




skylanders is going to be their next big thing, along with destiny and titan. i think they still have a couple of tricks up their sleeves once COD starts going down.

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I will sell my ps3 and 360 for free, if Sony is able to buy Activision for 10b$


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What if Sony aquires them? Next Xbox dead? COD will be PS3 exclusive, Bungie will make Halo rip offs for PS3. They should quit R&D and buy Activision Blizzard. :rofl:


what does bungie has to do with it ?
bungie is private company they can sign deal with Ea or 2k to publish their game

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You didnt get what i was trying to say . These games are already More popular on Sony platforms (dunno about tomb raider yet) , so there is no point spending billions of dollars to buy out the company.

Think about it , Final Fantasy sells 80% on PS3 and 20% on Xbox . What is the point of spending 10bn$ to get to attract that small 20% of fans to switch over to PS3? . Now if say MS had bought GTA exclusive to Xbox back then , thats a huge 17m people from PS2 who might switch over.

Also Square Enix is a bigger company than ActiBlizz , they do a lot more stuff other than games . And things that arent gonna help sony in anyway , what they gonna do? make a Playstation anime? or action figures.

Edit : Also this whole mascot gimmick and stuff died in the genesis era , nobody cares about mascot characters or anything nowadays. It worked well back then coz majority of gamers were kids and having a cool looking mascot on your console would get kids to buy it over some fat plumber.

Okay.You have a point but what you are saying in the short run, may look not a bright idea .Now if you consider in the long run and the way sony is exlporing cloud gaming and all. This could be very smart move .

By mascot i did not meant ki start printing on consoles for kids and all.I mean to say a way to show how big and expansive playstation brand can look if characters like Lara Croft,Drake,Agent 4 ,ratchet and clank,sly etc. Marketing wise it would be look attractive .

How can you sell something for free? :doh:

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