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Activision Blizzard, Inc., formerly Activision, Inc. (Template:Nasdaq) is the American holding company for Activision and Blizzard Entertainment, majority owned by French conglomerate Vivendi SA. The company is the result of a merger between Activision and Vivendi Games, announced on December 2, 2007,[8] in a deal worth USD$18.8 billion.[9] The deal closed July 9, 2008. The company believed that the merging of the two companies would create "the world’s largest and most profitable pure-play video game publisher".[10] It believes that it is the only publisher that has "leading market positions across all categories" of the video game industry.[10]


In December 2007, Activision announced that the company and its assets would merge with fellow games developer and publisher, Vivendi Games. René Penisson, formerly a member of the Management Board of Vivendi and Chairman of Vivendi Games, would serve as Chairman of Activision Blizzard. Bobby Kotick, once head of Activision, was announced to become President and CEO of Activision Blizzard.

In April 2008, the European Commission permitted the merger to take place. The Commission essentially needed to approve that there weren't any antitrust issues in the merger deal.[11] On July 8, 2008, Activision announced that stockholders had agreed to merge. The deal closed on July 9, 2008, and the total transaction was an estimated $18.9 billion.[2] Vivendi was the majority shareholder, with a 52% stake in the company.[2] The rest of the shares were held by institutional and private investors and continue to be traded on the NASDAQ stock market, for the first 10 trading days post closing as ATVID, and subsequently as ATVI. Jean-Bernard Levy will replace René Penisson as chairman of Activision Blizzard.[12]

Activision and Blizzard Entertainment still exist as separate entities.[13] The holding company does not publish games under its central name and instead uses its subsidiaries to publish games, similar to how Vivendi Games operated before the merger.[14] The merger makes Activision parent company of Vivendi Games former divisions.

While Blizzard retained its autonomy and corporate leadership, other Vivendi Games divisions did not. For example, long-time label Sierra ceased operation. With the merger, there was a rumor that if a Sierra product did not meet Activision's requirements, they "won't likely be retained."[15] Some of Sierra's games such as Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon and Prototype have been retained and are now published by Activision.[16] Also, due to the closure of Sierra, the Sierra Community Forums servers have been shut down as of the 1st of November 2008.[17]

Results of the merger

Shortly after the conclusion of the merger, Thomas Tippl, CFO, alluded to future layoffs, stating that the company "will exterminate some of our overlap through redundancy – but we will treat people fairly and respectfully in that process."[18] Also, games such as Brütal Legend, Ghostbusters: The Video Game, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, World in Conflict: Soviet Assault, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, Zombie Wranglers, Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust and Wet were all dropped from the publisher to be picked up by other companies.




  • RedOctane in Mountain View, California, founded November 2005, acquired in 2006, closed February 11, 2010.
  • Luxoflux in Santa Monica, California, founded in January 1997, acquired October 2002, closed February 11, 2010.
  • Shaba Games in San Francisco, California, founded in September 1997, acquired in 2002, closed on October 8, 2009.
  • Sierra Entertainment, founded as On-Line Systems in 1979, changed name to Sierra On-Line in 1982, eventually changed name to Sierra Entertainment, closed in 2008.
  • Vivendi Games, founded as Universal Interactive Inc., acquired by Vivendi in December 2000, changed name to Vivendi Universal Games in 2002, changed name to Vivendi Games on May 2, 2006, closed July 9, 2008 after Activision Blizzard merger.



  1. Activision - Corporate Info from Activision's official website
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Activision/Vivendi Games Merger Approved: Stockholders support Activision Blizzard venture
  3. Activision, Inc. - Current Report
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Activision Blizzard (ATVI) annual SEC income statement filing via Wikinvest
  7. 7.0 7.1 Activision Blizzard (ATVI) annual SEC balance sheet filing via Wikinvest
  8. Activision, Vivendi (2007-12-02). "Vivendi and Activision to create Activision Blizzard – World’s Largest, Most Profitable Pure-Play Video Game Publisher". Press release. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  9. "Video game giants in $18bn merger". BBC. 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Fact sheet (PDF). Activision Blizzard. Archived from the original on 2008-05-28 Retrieved on 2007-12-03.
  11. EU greenlights Activision-Vivendi merger
  12. Vivendi CEO Activision Blizzard's new chairman. (2009-05-05). Retrieved on 2009-08-27.
  13. Activision Blizzard FAQ
  14. Activision Blizzard Inc details.. Retrieved on 2009-08-27.
  15. Blizzard stay autonomous in Activision merger, Sierra not so lucky - Strategy Informer
  16. Brutal Legend, Ghostbusters, more dropped by Activision
  17. Sierra Community Forums - Closure Announcement[dead link]
  18. INTERVIEW - Thomas Tippl | Gaming Industry | Interview by MCV
  19. Activision Acquires U.K. Game Developer Bizarre Creations from Activision's website

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