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Vivendi May Sell Activision Blizzard to Microsoft or Time Warner

By - Source: Reuters | B 52 comments

French media conglomerate Vivendi has come under enough financial pressure that may force it to offload one of its crown jewels: Activision Blizzard.

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.

Founded back in 1853, and headquartered in Paris, Vivendi's heart is in music publishing and TV broadcasting.

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    Khimera2000 , July 11, 2012 6:45 AM
    O god, Time Warner? Of all the companies, they manage to find THEM?!?!?!

    At least M$ does games, but Time Warner???? They are the worst company I have ever had the curse of dealing with!

    M$ on this one, choose the better of the two.
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    dudewitbow , July 11, 2012 7:22 AM
    PyreeHow about Valve?

    Doing so will void any 3rd in a series of games that hasn't been released. Then again, it would be funny to see Blizzard go under Valve which recently had an argument over issues about ownership of DOTA.
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    Pyree , July 11, 2012 6:53 AM
    How about Valve?
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    HEXiT , July 11, 2012 6:13 AM
    il give em 1 dollar for it...
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    Anonymous , July 11, 2012 6:25 AM
    what is this.
  • 16 Hide
    whimseh , July 11, 2012 6:33 AM
    Not Microsoft.......... oh god NOT Microsoft................................
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    kcorp2003 , July 11, 2012 6:43 AM
    the moment they sell it to microsoft. call of duty becomes an exclusive for xbox. its already like that too. I also heard that Vivendi owns some of the game reviewers companies websites.

    I wonder what would happen if they merge with their nemesis EA. That will be Armageddon.
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    Khimera2000 , July 11, 2012 6:45 AM
    O god, Time Warner? Of all the companies, they manage to find THEM?!?!?!

    At least M$ does games, but Time Warner???? They are the worst company I have ever had the curse of dealing with!

    M$ on this one, choose the better of the two.
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    Pyree , July 11, 2012 6:53 AM
    How about Valve?
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    dudewitbow , July 11, 2012 7:22 AM
    PyreeHow about Valve?

    Doing so will void any 3rd in a series of games that hasn't been released. Then again, it would be funny to see Blizzard go under Valve which recently had an argument over issues about ownership of DOTA.
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    noobstorm , July 11, 2012 7:26 AM
    i don't even.
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    teodoreh , July 11, 2012 7:35 AM
    At least release the Legacy of the Void and then sell Blizzard to whoever u want - even to the devil himself..
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    Anonymous , July 11, 2012 8:01 AM
    I'll give them 1 quarter for it.
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    bobbyp86 , July 11, 2012 8:27 AM
    Can you say Xbox exclusive? ;(
  • 6 Hide
    Anonymous , July 11, 2012 8:27 AM
    Valve doesn't have the money, since Activision Blizzard is a larger company.
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    Anonymous , July 11, 2012 9:28 AM
    pahahahaha serves them right for the frace thats dab 3 was
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    The_Trutherizer , July 11, 2012 10:00 AM
    Sad really...
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    officeguy , July 11, 2012 10:27 AM
    Quote:
    Founded back in 1853, and headquartered in Paris, Vivendi's heart is in music publishing and TV broadcasting.
    Seriously... I didn't know they had such devices in 1853. Phonograph didn't come out until 1877 according to wiki. What did they have before then?
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    sykozis , July 11, 2012 11:10 AM
    Khimera2000O god, Time Warner? Of all the companies, they manage to find THEM?!?!?!At least M$ does games, but Time Warner???? They are the worst company I have ever had the curse of dealing with! M$ on this one, choose the better of the two.

    If TimeWarner gets Activision-Blizzard, games will become ad supported.....
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    idono , July 11, 2012 11:17 AM
    Wow so much hate towards Microsoft.

    I don't really hate them or like them but MS has realy do take care of their games compared to Activison.
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    redgarl , July 11, 2012 11:21 AM
    Not that I liked them, but it would be a major blow to PC gaming. Call of Duty, Starcraft, Warcraft and Diablo exclusive to the Xbox... because we all know it would be the case.
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    back_by_demand , July 11, 2012 11:26 AM
    The story says they are feilding potential buyers - including Microsft or Tkme Warner - it does not say they are interested.

    $10 billion is not chump change to anyone but when your company costs that much there are very few who can afford it. Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft spring to mind in the IT sector and only Microsoft has previously done games, so obviously they will approch Microsoft.

    If they fail to find a buyer they may fragment into futher smaller divisions, like de-merging Blizzard and selling that on its own. Watch this space.
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