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Activision and Vivendi merge

No, it isn’t April 1st. On December 2nd, it was announced that Activision and Vivendi Games had merged, creating the world’s largest independant videogame publisher. The merger was sealed for a tidy 18.9 billion dollars and the company is to be known as Activision Blizzard – presumably highlighting the importance of developer Blizzard in the deal. Vivendi Games and Blizzard created a little game known as World of WarCraft, as well as publishing FPS big-hitters Riddick and F.E.A.R. Activision is of course responsible for Call of Duty, the Guitar Hero, Spider-Man and Tony Hawk series, and lots of other high-profile games. Perhaps we will soon see Tony Hawk’s World of Diablocraft: Modern Warfare.


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