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Activision Blizzard Independent of Vivendi in $8.2B Buyout

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Ahh, so they were intentionally making bad games all along in order to lower investor returns, which ultimately allowed a re-buy of their own stock.

So this means they will start making good games now? Right? RIGHT!?

(heh not with Kotick at the helm)
 

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"Doesn't this just give Kotick more freedom to run the company the way he sees fit? Into the ground if he so pleases..."

Honestly if no one told you this happened you would never have noticed. They are already rather autonomous.
 

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no, blizzard spent to many years doing mmos, the talent that knows how to make other games left and those that remain do starcraft.

@kartu when you play the stock market you have to take guesses as to what will sell and what won't... for video games, outside of cod and wow, they have nothing, and with a yearly cod, there is a fear they will oversaturate the market like they did with what was it, guitar hero, or was it rock band... i forget which one it was.

once cod dies, and this next one is going to take a loss selling it as i doubt the next gen consoles will be as widely available to make that game profitable, activision has nothing to support itself.

a smart move to get out of it now, rather than risk cod tanking and not being able to find a buyer.
 

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Some left, but many at Blizzard is still there. Fact is this is bad news all around for fans of Blizzard. Kotick now once again owns Activision and now has Blizzard to go with it. No way he will ever let Blizzard split off.

What is likely to happen now is Pardo, Metzen, Samwise and the others will likely leave sometime in the near future and we will see a new gaming company from them. I think they only stuck around this long because they may have thought Vivendi would eventually either end Kotick's reign as CEO of ActiBlizz or sell them off separately. It's clear now, that isn't happening.

And too all those the past few years who have mistakenly claimed Kotick had no say so over Blizzard, well, this news forces your head out of the sand as he is now the owner.
 

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Or you could just be like Cloud Imperium Games, and just crowd fund all your expenses out, and the developers can continue to be their own boss.
 

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Perhaps, internally, they thought Titan would be such a big hit that they bought themselves out while their stock was still low(er). One can hope, right?

Perhaps the Best Thing would be for the top brains to spin off their own company.
 

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Here's to hoping Vivendi was more to blame for the over-hashed cash-cow IP issues of the last several years. Wishful thinking I know, Bobby is still there at the helm........
 
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